Miss Val

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.

Miss Val

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.

Flower Basket Shawl - Close Up

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:

Flower Basket 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.

Flower Basket Shawl
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10 Responses to “Miss Val”


  1. 1 mrsheidmann November 10, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Hi — just found you today and love your blog! What a gorgeous shawl. Beautiful work!
    ~Annette (aka Nettie) in AZ~

  2. 2 Julie November 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    What a thoughtful gift… We also appreciate the gift of early musical education for our kids. We’ve really enjoyed the Music Together curriculum. Love your site – it is so inspirational.

  3. 3 Seis Manos November 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    The smile on Miss Val’s face says it all!

  4. 4 melissa s. November 11, 2008 at 1:26 am

    beautiful! what a sweet gift!

  5. 5 emily November 11, 2008 at 8:22 am

    we had a ms. barbara, just like you describe ms. val. and your gift to her is beyond thoughtful.

  6. 6 martha November 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I still can’t get over that you knit this for her.
    So wonderful.

  7. 7 amy h November 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    What a sweet gift. I’m sure she loves it!

  8. 8 anina November 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Oh wow! It’s absolutely stunning!

  9. 9 Margie November 12, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    beautiful, just beautiful.

  10. 10 amandajean November 12, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    how sweet! it looks great on her.


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