I’m taking a break from packing up my yarn stash, getting ready to pick up and leave Happy Hollow. I run into trouble because I keep getting sidetracked while I fondle my favorites and dream of what I can make with each (read “every”) one. Getting rid of my knitting (and quilting and calligraphy and art) books has been much harder than I expected. I have so many favorites and I want to keep them all.
This week, I’ve donated pounds and pounds…and pounds of books to the Senior Center here in town, and to a few fellow knitters that I know will love them as much as I have. The Senior Center has also gotten pounds of yarn, knitting needles, and patterns. I packaged up a lot of the yarn with needles and the pattern I’d gotten it for—essentially a complete kit. They assure me that it will all be used and appreciated.
The current plan is that my major move (furniture, packed boxes, etc.) will be in two weeks…TWO WEEKS! Egad…I’ll never make it. I will, of course, but it’s a little daunting (a LOT daunting) to know that it’s coming up so fast. I am so grateful for my devoted daughter who good-naturedly accepts mom’s decisions that inevitably involve major commitments of her time and energy. . . and her very-significant other who gives his time and energy with grace and quiet strength.
Life continues to be unpredictable…I’ve had a cast on my left foot for the past few weeks—graduated to a brace/boot this week, but it’s still a nuisance having one leg encumbered during this time of frantic activity. Additionally, I’m trying to adjust to the realization that the unpredictability of my life can also include loss and sadness. However, life does go on and so will I.
On a happier note, life has handed our family some lovely news. We’re going to have three new little bundles of joy for the New Year. Two due in January and one in February. In my moments of respite from everything “move” I’ve been looking at patterns for baby things. I absolutely fell in love with Andrea Wong’s pattern “Juliana’s Baby Sweater” in her book Portuguese Style of Knitting: History, Traditions and Techniques. It is a very special sweater for a very special baby. It’s on my wish list of tiny, adorable, sweet & generally darling baby stuff…”stuff” including blankets, booties, knitted teddy bears and bunnies and lambs (I could go on forever)…wee, small projects coming up in the next few years. Knitting for babies and toddlers motivates me to actually complete the little garments before they are outgrown . ;o)
I haven’t had time to assemble either of the purple sweaters, but they are first on my list of things to do once I’m settled into my new abode. Are you getting as tired of hearing about purple sweaters as I am writing about them? I’m determined to finish them as soon as possible so I can move (play on words here) on to much smaller projects. Just call me G.G. (great-gramma)!
Must return to my yarn stash…I’ll be back as soon as the dust settles in my new home.