I sat down a few times to write something and really struggled. Somehow, it is hard to go about the small day to day things that we take for granted and not think about those that no longer have that luxury.....I have found my thoughts have been so scattered. I am way behind in blog reading and responding.
Sadness and tragedy will always be a part of life, but in order to go on with living, sometimes all we can do, is to do the best that we can for those that are suffering, and then give ourselves permission to keep on living, without guilt.
What I did on the first day of school.....
Now there are moms who really lament the end of summer and the children going back to school...........but...........I'm not one of them! I love my children very much, but I also enjoy the ability to think an entire thought without being interrupted, so I relish those first few days of stillness and quiet when the kids board the school bus again.......
here's what I did during school hours....
I showed you a picture of some very pretty mountain color alpaca yarn that I have been saving last week. I went back and forth trying to decide whether to use it in a sweater or use if for a Ruana. Because I am menopausal (eeekkk......i can't believe I am using such a term to describe myself!!), and am suffering from the random attacks of the hot~flash monster, I rarely wear worcestered weight sweaters. I lean more towards vests and jumperweight sweaters, so the Ruana won out.
I am using 2 strands of the alpaca blend and one strand of cascade. To make a ruana, you make one shawl on the loom, push it back against the frame, make another shawl over it and then stitch them together. It is tedious keeping the 3 strands from splitting, but I think it is going to be worth the work in the end. I like the way the colors are working up against each other. A Ruana is more like a jacket than a shawl and stays on your shoulders so much better. It will also give me a chance to use the lovely celtic shawl pin that I purchased last year in Rhinebeck as well.
I have also started another lotus blossom scarf. This time I am trying a larger sized knitting needle and like the way it is coming out. Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the pretty colors in this Mint Chocolate Roving. It is much prettier than in the picture.
The pattern is a little more visible and the softness of the fingering weight yarn shows a little better, with the larger needle and I can still get a full scarf out of 2 oz of roving..
I am getting a wee bit sick of knitting it, as I have done 3 in the last few weeks, but I want to work out all of the bugs before I put the kit up on my website. One thing I can say, is that it has a nice rhythm to it and the pattern is easy to memorize.