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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 4, December 2014


Lynette Arden
Norwood, South Australia, Australia


Years ago, when I was at university in Armidale, I had a friend from Singapore. Armidale is very cold in winter and Singapore has no cold season at all. I offered to knit her a mohair jumper. I am a slow knitter and there were constant pauses due to assignments from tutors and my social activities. By the time my friend returned to Singapore, the jumper still lacked one arm.

The jumper and the remaining mohair came home with me. My mother insisted that it was my duty to complete the jumper and post it to Singapore.

'It is never cold in Singapore,' I said. 'She won't be able to wear it.'

The amount of mohair remaining was not enough to finish the arm in the size stated in the pattern. There was no way of getting more mohair, so I decreased the width of the sleeves and finished the arm, and the jumper, then posted it off.

Forty-five years later, I caught up with my friend and her granddaughter at a university college reunion in Armidale. We had each spent our lives doing different things in different parts of the world. After all these years, I was hesitant to ask, but finally questioned her.

'Were you ever able to get any wear out of the jumper I knitted for you?'

She looked at her granddaughter and said, 'Yanmei, that's the jumper. The one in the glass case in my lounge room. Lyn knitted it for me many years ago.'

moths flutter
in the damp heat
Singapore dusk

Author's Note: June is moth season in Singapore. It is popularly believed that moths are spirits of the dead that have come back to visit loved ones.



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