We don’t live too far from a fantastic performing arts center. Five years ago I signed up for a class there with Katie. Our teacher was a wonderful woman by the name of Valerie — Miss Val to the urchins. She taught us Mamas about the importance of music and rhythm in developing minds by singing and playing instruments and earning the love of each of our children.
The class she teaches ends at age three. But lucky for me just as Katie had outgrown Miss Val’s class Tristan was old enough to join. So my Monday routine for five years has included Valerie. Tristan turns three in two weeks and today was the last class of this semester. So, we wanted to show Miss Val how much we love her and will miss her.
I told Valerie that my urchins will always find joy in music and that is a gift that she gave them. When they sing I will always be reminded of their time in her class patting their legs and playing their instruments. Music and rhythm is something that children are born knowing — they learned it from their Mama’s heartbeat — and I really believe they are benefited when we encourage their development. I told her we wanted her to have something as an expression of our thanks and then we gave her this shawl:
It’s the flower basket shawl from Interweave Knits (Fall 2004) and my first lace project. I knit it with Cherry Tree Hill’s silken mohair. I’m very pleased with how it turned out and Valerie loved it. She always comments on the urchins’ sweaters so I knew something knit would be appreciated. I knit it on US 10.5 needles and omitted one repeat of the second chart because the silken mohair is heavier weight than the doubled misti alpaca called for in the pattern. It still was super light weight and will be very warm on Miss Val’s shoulders as she continues to sing and dance her way into the hearts of more little ones.