Monday, February 11, 2008

Stitch By Stitch

"We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us -- how we can take it, what we do with it -- and that is what really counts in the end."
-- Joseph Fort Newton

I know that I’ve been distant. Knitting is something I rarely have time to do. Yet once a week I go to the shop and find how comforting it is to me. It really helps to heal my soul. And I’m not complaining in any way shape or form. This just is how it is right now.

We moved Mom up to Assisted Living right by my house in January. I wish to say that it’s been smooth sailing but everything seemed to go wrong the first month and Mom bless her heart did the best she could with all of it. I’ve been so proud of her!

This weekend we were able to take her out and about our little town in new wheel chair and she really had a good time. It was such a blessing to see her really smile and laugh and enjoy herself.

Every other weekend DH, sis and I are cleaning at the house in hopes of getting it ready for market so Dad can join Mom. Baby steps…one room at a time it is getting cleaner. Like the stitches on my new caplet pictured above. Stitch by stitch, row by row it is getting longer.

I’ve already changed the pattern by using a crochet cast on. The pattern said when you finish the shoulder part go back and pick up 98 stitches. There was no way that was happening. Also by doing it this way I can spit join back onto the cast on end and pick up as if I never left.

I really enjoy the richness of color in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Redwood Forest Hand-Dyed. It is such a joy to work with. Oh I also changed the side increases to knit front and back instead of make 1. I like the raglan look to it. And I plan to edge in picot to boot.

Here is a pic of Obsidian and Widdershins together. My sweet purry furries…recharging their batteries in the sun.

Happy Crafting,