Knitting this textured shawl is the best thing since sliced bread. The deep cool blue color soothes me, the light lace works magic. It's such a simple knitting pattern that I don't have to think too much about the knitting. It's like knitting vanilla socks except I don't have to knit in the round. This means that it takes just a few stitches before I get into the knitting zone; my happy place of contentment. The feel of the knitting and the motions I make with each stitch sends my brain a little message to take it easy and for once I actually listen to my brain and relish the moment. This is happy knitting and boy do we need that.

We're finding happiness in unexpected places. We volunteered at older son's school this morning, moving wood chips and digging out dirt, bringing bacon and coffee early on a Sunday morning to boost team morale. One of the things I've been thinking about lately is how we're all in this together. It's a mantra for whenever something goes wrong, when someone needs help or a situation where greater understanding is required. Instead of getting mad, I try to think about how can I be more generous? It's my way of reminding myself that we're all still learning to be human, we're all challenged by the craziness of the world and that it's ok to be vulnerable. Thinking that we're all in this together reminds me to be kind to others and importantly, to be kind to myself.

The textured shawl is taking up most of my knitting time along with the poang chair cover. We're hanging in there.

So here's my progress for the year!

  • Textured Shawl (5% done)
  • Poang chair cover (5% done)
  • Christmas Socks #3 (3% done)
  • Older Boy Cardigan
  • Younger Boy Cardigan
  • That Knitted Cuff Thing
  • Mitered Block Blanket (95% done)
  • Dahlia Cardigan (8% done)


Hannah Hat #2 100% done

Christmas Socks #2 (95% done)

Shakespeare Cardigan (100% done)

Multnomah Shawl (100% done)

Pepperberry Knits Hat (100% done)

Holden Shawlette (100% done)

Christmas Socks #1 (99% done)

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