Friday, August 24, 2007

Throwing myself into knitting...

....or what I wish WAS my work.

It has been a really tough couple of months. I imagine it will be so for a long while to come, but things are at least starting to get into a routine. Something comforting about a routine. Is that age showing or??????? Anyway, I want to thank you all for the wonderful emails and calls and comments you have bestowed on me. Not only do I have some really wonderful friends here, I have some truly special cyber friends. I feel truly lucky.

Anyway, I have learned a few things over the last few weeks. Things I have had lots of time to mull over...and over......They are all things I already knew and thought I put into practice. Apparently not. We tend to fool ourselves sometimes. Would you like to hear them?

1. I can’t wait to do the things I deem important whether it is to call a loved one or visit the Eiffel Tower. Don’t wait! Life is
not permanent.
2. Tell my loved ones that I love them. Often.
3. Tolerance is far better in the long run than regret.
4. Learn to know the signs of when to intervene. Do not wait!
5. I have learned who my true friends are.
6. Some people just don’t know what to say in the face of tragedy, and that’s ok. Sometimes all a grieving person needs is
for someone to be close by them and hold their hand…..or color their hair….or drive three hours one way for a hug. (You
know who you are).
7. There are some that hold grudges so tightly that it clouds their judgment even in the face of tragedy. Avoid these people
at all costs.
8. Slow down and take more time with family and friends.
9. Usually multi-tasking gets less done.

I know...they sound mundane, probably. Simple minded even. Just a few of my truths.

Enough of the sappy. Here are some things I have been working on over the last couple of weeks. I have thrown myself into my knitting and some quilting again. First, Season of Darkness and Winter Light getting close. I am just finishing the cuffs and will sew it all together and block. I still need to add interfacing and velvet lining....but we will see. The thought of fusible interfacing on my knitting gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Next, a Kaffe Fassett Tumbling Blocks quilt in progress. I am playing with you like the turquoise in there for contrast or not?

And my work spaces.

My little pride and joy.

Finally finished the rainy Day Socks. It is not rainy anymore.


Blogger Cynthia said...

I'm so glad to see you back! I'm sure it has been a tough time for you and your family.

Love the socks and the quilt! If I could actually get into my sewing room I'd love to do some quilting again.

24/8/07 11:45  
Blogger Marina said...

I've never seen so many Campions in one picture ;-) Your pride & joy looks lovely against that gorgeous wall! Yes, the turquoise belongs there.

24/8/07 13:30  
Blogger Maureen said...

I'm sorry I didn't see your previous post sooner, or I would have written at that time to offer my condolences.

We're dealing with a big loss in our family as well and as one of my friends recently said.... I wish you happy memories.

I'm finding with each day that the feelings of anger are diminishing bit by bit, and what has to fill the void that is left are the feelings of love and the feelings of gratitude for the times spent together.

It's so nice to see your finished objects, your works in progress and to read your posts. Take care of yourself!

24/8/07 14:24  
Blogger trainlady said...

I missed your earlier post. I'm so sorry for your loss.

The turquoise looks great.

24/8/07 15:35  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Your life's lessons are all very beautiful and hard often to remember.

Your Season's sweater looks gorgeous! I am working on this sweater too and am on the body edging now, unfortunately it seems that when I cast on the correct number of stitches I don't end up with the center being identical. Did you have this problem, if so, did you simply adjust the # of stitches that you cast on/increased too? If you have a moment could you email me the answer at Thanks!

24/8/07 16:39  
Blogger eusebius said...

Quiet hugs from Canada.

Your writing is beautiful and I am inspired by your ability to see the good and beautiful in life. Your work looks gorgeous too.

25/8/07 06:24  
Blogger Knittinreed said...

Welcome back, honey bunny.

I can't wait to see Darkness and Light finished - you are amazing!
And I didn't know you sewed too?? What a Renaissance woman you are.

Yes to the turquoise contrast piecs.

25/8/07 09:52  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

I wouldn't want to put interfacing on that sweater either. Really? That's what they want you to do?

And ITA with your list. It's just sad that it usually takes a tragedy to realize how precious life is and how silly we are about it sometimes.

26/8/07 13:22  
Blogger Brigitte said...

Hey Sharon! Welcome back!

Your list...excellent. We should all take stock and remember what's truly important in life. And what isn't.

Um. Your stash. WOW.

27/8/07 02:34  
Blogger Morgan said...

Welcome back! I am sorry for your loss. I know what it is like and what you are going through. If you ever need to talk ... or vent ... feel free.

And your stash ... makes me feel good to know i am not the only one ... though I really like your shelves!!

27/8/07 11:52  
Blogger Tigerduck said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your list - I did need reminding of some of these things (and spent the morning on the telephone to my mum).

30/8/07 01:34  
Blogger Veronika said...

I came upon your site using Fair Isle ramdomly. Your work space is incredible. I envy you! The spinning wheel is something I really would like to learn... Your yarn stash is huge.

20/1/08 12:37  

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