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On this, the last day of Hanukkah, gifting is uppermost in my mind. A gift from me to you, here’s a quote from my paranormal psychological thriller.
The Sweater Curse explores the birth, life, death and possible redemption of an artist. Knitwear designer Gwen Bjarnson is stuck in Purgatory. To escape, she must re-examine her life, journey through her past and right a wrong. Which wrong?
In this quote, Gwen is shopping at her local yarn shop.
“I want to make Jay a sweater for Christmas,” I said.
“What yarn?” Mrs. Padisak asked.
“Well, he lives in a Peruvian sweater.”
“Peruvian. Peru. Alpaca. Come.” I followed her to a shelf stuffed full of yarn. She handed me a skein. “Alpaca. You use before?” It was so light and soft in my hands.
I shook my head. “No, I haven’t,” I confessed.
“Too bad. Beautiful yarn. Suri, you hold, luxurious, fine drape.” She took the skein from my hands and replaced it with another. “Huacaya, like wool. Ah, wool/alpaca blend best.” She handed me another ball. “This, yes?”
“Oh, yes, you’re right. I prefer this one.”
“Now, colour.” She swept her hand over the rows upon rows of different colour skeins, lightly touching each. “Look. Find the perfect colour for your husband,” she encouraged, smiling.
“Oh, no, Jay is my boyfriend.”
I watched as her smile faded to a look of alarm. “You knit sweater for boyfriend?”
“Yes, I’m going to design and knit him a sweater. It’s our first Christmas as a couple. I want to do something very special.”
“No sweater. Hat instead.”
“Sweater curse. You knit boyfriend sweater something very bad happen.”
A cursed gift--have you ever encountered one? Did you give or receive it? What happened?
Me? I’ve never…but my dad did. One year he gave my shy mom a sexy nightgown. She was so embarrassed that she stormed out of the living room. Definitely not the reaction he was hoping for, I’m sure.
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