The Charles Joseph Larkin

Family Memory

His granddaughter Kathi wrote this at the beginning of winter, 2010.

When I was a little girl, I knitted a scarf for my dad

By Kathi Larkin, December 14, 2010

When I was young, maybe 11, and learning how to knit, I decided to make my dad a scarf for Christmas. His favorite color was green, so I bought a skein of Kelly green yard and started to make the best scarf ever.

I wanted it to be plenty warm so I made it extra wide.

Unfortunately, that meant that the skein ran out fairly soon, so that it was even too short to tie around a neck.

I couldn't find more Kelly green yarn that matched exactly, so, it being Christmas, I bought a skein of red, and knitted the rest on both ends.

The scarf is full of mistakes, dropped stitches etc.-- not pretty -- something you would definitely donate to Goodwill.

Having become a much better knitter, I once asked my Elizabeth Mom if maybe my Dad needed a scarf for Christmas.

She laughed and exclaimed, "Your Dad give up his Christmas scarf!!" She told me that over the years -- my dad, with his black suit and black overcoat, or whatever the dull DC attire requirements are -- every year would break out his Christmas scarf, and relate to anyone who would listen to the story of the scarf.

Every time I think of it, I smile. I hope you will too.

Love, Kate