Sunday, April 24, 2011

Another Year.

I've been a bit of a hermit, taking a cue from my spouse, I guess. Knitting was not bringing me pleasure, so I sorta stopped. I did a lot of singing with Funkatonic, the rock band at our UU church, and hanging out with my family, who have been very kind and patient with me. I've done a lot of internal work and feel a lot better about lots of things these days. Feels good.

I've needed the additional strength. A few weeks after a really lovely 80th birthday party, my dad was in a really awful auto accident, and passed away after two weeks in intensive care. I spent a lot of time in North Carolina, and while sitting by his side or in the waiting room, I finished a pair of socks.
I called these Farewell socks, as they kept me centered while I said farewell to Dad.

I finished the second sock during the week we spent there for his memorial and all the unpleasant business details afterward. My brother and I did really well and held up each other--ELAB and the kids were also really helpful. I got to see many of my relatives, some of whom I had not seen in many years, and that was comforting.

I got some really lovely cards and Facebook messages from knitting friends, and if you were one of them, know how much your thoughts meant to me. I have a story to share about kind knitting friends, too--maybe next post.

Since I have been back, I have wanted to work on something that doesn't tax my brain. I am still a little fuzzy. So, I decided to take all that Marble yarn I bought last year, supplemented with additional colors I got, and make another mitered square blanket.

I am just making diagonal lines with each color of yarn. These are smaller squares than the last one, and thinner yarn, so I will have more squares. When I am done with the squares (I think it will be 8x10), I should have a lot of yarn left over for thicker borders. All nice garter stitch and easy picking up of each square's foundations from previous squares.

I have also been teaching a knitting class as part of the adult classes at the UU church. I had really, really missed teaching knitting, though it has been a challenge, since all the issues with Dad took up the first 4 weeks. Maybe I will get another chance later.

Thanks for reading, if there's anyone still here. I will see if I can pick up blogging again.


  1. I'm out here, and I'm glad you're back!

  2. Sorry for your loss.

    Love the socks.

  3. Me too! Tonight, I mulled over which sock pattern to tackle next. I'm cast on, but gee whiz I wish you were close enough to really teach me! Goodness knows I need it, lol. :)

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's nice to see you back.

  5. I'm still here, and I'm very glad to see you! Condolences on your loss << hugs >>

  6. Know that many people love you and have been sending positive energy your way, me! I'm glad you've been able to find solace in the knitting. It helps. Stay strong in our cyber hugs.

  7. I am so very sorry about your father.

  8. I've been meaning to write and tell you how sorry I am that sweet Prince had to leave so soon. You have been in my thoughts, even though I haven't written.

  9. Oh, I am really sorry to hear about your father. Hugs!


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