Maybe I shouldn’t have started knitting again. This is my 4th new project, but what else am I to do on the day after a holiday?
A few weeks ago, I was thinking about my blessings. I have so many in my life, but there is one right now that stands out above the rest and has made such a difference for me and my family this past year.
I am thankful for all the people who support our family business – those who buy from us, those who sell with us, and most of all those who work for us. Without all of you, my life would be very different right now. I cannot say thank you enough.
People are telling me it’s my birthday.
I haven’t thought about it too much. The kids are home from school today, and there is a lot of cooking and some cleaning to do. We already had a family celebration complete with a home smoked brisket and a not homemade but utterly delicious caramel cake. I am going out tonight to celebrate with friends at a place I’ve wanted to go to for some time. Which reminds me of my list, and I’m curious to see how I did during my 34th year.
So what is the tally? I finished 12, half finished 4, and didn’t do 17 but at least a couple of those I don’t want to do anymore. So, I think I’m at least at 50% and I’m happy with that. I’ve already decided that my 35th year is the year I’m going to paint, learn to love my house, and fall back in love with cooking. Wish me luck because these are three huge things.
I just finished my first knitting project in 3 or 4 years.
I’m not exactly sure why I decided to start knitting again this past week. Maybe it was spending time with knitting friends in Austin the other weekend, and listening to them talk on and on about Ravelry. Maybe it was visiting my old LYS, where I used to teach knitting classes. Maybe it was the unexpected beautiful yarn I admired at my local fabric store. Maybe it was my return to the store two days later to buy the yarn even though I “no longer knit” and didn’t know what I was going to do with it.
But I came home, joined Ravelry, found a beautiful scarf pattern for my skein of yarn, then started moving the needles and making loops again. It felt good, my wrists felt good, and my scarf was finished a few days later due in part to some bus stop knitting.
Once the scarf was done, I wanted to start something else. I took a shawlette I knit that I never wear, and recycled the super chunky yarn to make a hat with a big button. Once that project was begun, I realized I wanted to go through all my yarn and all my unfinished projects and figure out where I want to go next now that the knitting hiatus was over. I found a dozen or so projects that only need blocking, or blocking and sewing up, or just weaving in ends to be finished. My next task is to finish all these projects (and hopefully use a few as Christmas gifts), and I am going to buy a nice, large, gridded, folding blocking board to do so. I never liked blocking because I never had a good place to block, and I realize that it is worth it to me and all my unfinished projects to invest in a piece of equipment that will making blocking possible and pleasant. The other thing I realized is that I want to keep things simple and mostly utilitarian. Sweaters and hats are in, especially anything that is knit in the round and doesn’t require a lot of sewing up or weaving in of ends. Decorative yarn and saving every last yarn remnant is out. I now have a big bag of yarn to donate, and newly freed up space with the removal of all those little random odds and ins.
So if I’m not back here for a little while, it’s because I’m having too much fun cataloging all my yarn on Ravelry and figuring out what to make next. I just wish I could get this excited about organizing my sewing nook, and weeding though all my fabric and notions. Maybe next week that urge will strike.
My thoughts have been everywhere lately, but November is here, November is here!
I know I’m partial to November because it’s my birth month (eek! I’d better get working on finishing up my list of 33 things), but I’ve always loved Thanksgiving and cannot believe the holiday is just 3 weeks away. Since my parents’ kitchen is torn up and my sister-in-laws and their families are not coming back to TN, we’ll be hosting dinner at our house and doing the bulk of the cooking including the turkey (eek again! though I’m excited about this as well).
We’ve been enjoying this Fall so much. All the leaves have been absolutely beautiful and it’s been hard for me not to take photos of them everyday. The warmish weather has been perfect for lots of outdoors time and vitamin D loading. Instead of hiking around my favorite lake, I’ve been putting the toddler on my back and hiking in the surrounding hills which has been such a nice change. Last weekend we saw a the largest deer I’ve seen in the wild – a 6 point buck – and the weekend before we spotted a flock of ten turkeys.
In a little over 24 hours, I’m headed to one of my favorite cities (and former place of residence) for a long girls’ weekend. I am so excited! It’s been 18 months since I’ve gone anywhere by myself, and I am more than ready to get away. I’m thinking of taking my hexes with me, so I can start sewing them up into pillow tops. I’m definitely participating in Erin’s pillow challenge next week, but I want to sew mainly simple projects because I desperately need new pillows everywhere. I’m hoping new pillows will make me less disgusted with the in limbo state of my house and serious lack of decor. I’m thinking about making Will take me to Ikea for my birthday since the October trip I planned didn’t work out in the end. I know I can’t solve all my house problems at the big blue box, but maybe if I had frames for unframed artwork and curtains for empty windows and some kitchen storage containers, the small happinesses would outweigh the larger things like hatred for our floorplan.
I’ve also been thinking more about cooking and have a challenge idea I want to share, but that will have to wait for next week. I need to pack!