But first, shawls and flowers:
My Infinite Twist Shawl is well underway. It is a pattern by Carter on Ravelry.
I’m using koigu paintbox colors and loving them. The skein changes keep this baby fun and interesting. I’m spending too much time, however, untangling two balls of yarn that stay on the work as you go. I had a good idea last night as I was falling asleep, and Good Morning, I have no idea what it was! Oh oh Wait. I’m going to fix the little yarn ball to the garter line with a pin…….
At this point in the pattern, you work a stockinette section (hahahah Garter ….gotcha)and then you work a dividing line of garter between the newly knitted parts. You have two long circular needles on at all times. But you only work on one at a time. See? No? You will get it as I go along. This one is super fun and I know some of you will be hooked on it.
Poppies and cosmos. Oh I’m in heaven with this combo. I know the cosmos will go on until the first frost. Not sure how long the poppies will last. I LOVE those poppies. Poppy people, please preach to me. Should I dig them out and place them in a perennial area for next year? When?
So Zach’s pretty sure it is Mexico for the coming school year. Guess what? I’m not sad crazy about it! The gift of his horrid year in Chicago, is that his Mother learned that it is more important that your growns are happy. They don’t have to live nearby. Does this mean I won’t cry? Heck no! But, I know my growns stay in touch and I feel wonderfully connected to them even though the are geographically distant.
I cannot seem to find a book about our families. Families that live without wonderful Sunday dinners every week with the generations gathering and peeling potatoes together. Families that spend more time texting one another than physically being around when the Cubs win the World Series. Families that visit each other all they can and this means; driving miles and miles, or flying miles and miles . Families that are so dang different than the ones we grew up in . Artists, we need a new Norman Rockwell picture for my family. Heck, we have not had that many people at a holiday dinner in years.
Nah. I’m sure I’m just sour graping it. But, we laugh a lot. We have our lil thread of 4 and we stay in touch daily. We have our inside jokes. We have our funny photos. We don’t have the joy of a real hug, but we are at the ready if a serious thing pops up.
Oh and we have people at our house for Holidays who have no other family around. It is a choice that comforts us. Jobs and circumstances prevail. Some families proudly state, ‘Oh our family would NEVER do that and move away.” Those statements kind of imply that our family is less than. But, it is not. It is just different than, because of all the effort and love we measure and pour into our communications. You gotta love some folks an awful lot to fly during holidays and get stalled by snowstorms and send your presents ahead by Fed Ex. That’s how I’ve grown to see it.
IF anyone else knows an article on this, let me know! I’d love to read it.