The week started with me leaving my house at the crack of dawn on Tuesday for court. While that was the low-light of my week, there were many highlights that I needed and appreciated for the love, the thoughtfulness and the generosity they were filled with. This week, I’m grateful for:
- the legacy of Nelson Mandela. He followed up his commitment to equality with conviction and was ready to die for his convictions. His actions brought about monumental change to an ingrained system; what an impacting life he lived!
- Graciousness. Me being able to have a disagreement with my mom aka bff numero uno then have her be gracious enough to admit that she didn’t think of the situation the way I saw it once I explained my position. She’s definitely my prime example of how to say “I’m sorry” and mean it.
- My co-workers A & N, who went over and beyond with jokes and conversation to help me through a particularly difficult work day on Wednesday. When they were done with me, I was laughing until I cried. I even snorted, so that should tell you how much I laughed!!!
- My co-worker who brought me a bag of greens because according to her “you’ll know what to do with them”! Can somebody say soup?
- Being able to use my creative skills on four … yes I said four … projects this week. It felt good to be knitting and crafting again and I forgot my self-consciousness and did so on the subway. That allowed me to introduce a rider to Ravelry and knitting. How much more awesome can it get?
My retro colour-blocked cowl. Almost finished. I can’t wait to wear it.
A homemade clay ornament. It was still drying here.
Blinged out mistletoe ornament for one of my swap partners. <3
The other project is a gift so I’ll post that once she receives the package. That project allowed me to be reacquainted with my sewing machine and I think there’ll be a lot more stitchery in my near future.
- To end the week with a class at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens about growing a garden in my apt. The presenter was engaging and it was wonderful to just do something for me. No pressure. Just enjoy the information and my classmates. I even came home with my own desert garden. I can’t wait to see it get bigger.
- And the cherry on top of this week is a swap box from Mama Mellie in my Crafty Hookers group. That box was as one person described it, a “Tea Lover’s Paradise” and it really was. I got These yummies came with a stoneware steeping cup, a tea bag squeezer, chocolate, a beautiful oriental themed tea canister, empty bags for me to make my own tea combos with the loose leaf teas I have, a heart shaped infuser, some yarn and this beautiful ornament
Her package was definitely a beautiful end to an “interesting” week.
Hope you each had a wonderful week and here’s to an awesome upcoming one!
Engaging in knitting shenanigans on public transportation. Creating awesomeness and converting non-knitters to the yarn side on NYC MTA. Est. 2013.
Still working on my new project. The colours have been getting a lot of attention while I knit on the train ride to and from work. Today, the project and Pablo allowed me to introduce a fellow rider to knitting and Ravelry. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.
My goal is to finish this project this week. I think I might by tomorrow night! Feels good to use my hands this way again. It’s been too long.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I started a hat. It wasn’t working; I didn’t like the seam that was being created when I changed between the knit and purl rows. So I frogged it. I used to look at knitters who had no issue starting over the same projects multiple times or a new project when the old one wasn’t working with awe, but I understand now. If it’s not working, there’s no point in continuing. Starting over is an opportunity to get it right; it’s an opportunity to do something that is worth my time and effort. And this principle works for so much more than knitting. It works for life.
has become this:
Me and Pablo (my penguin stitch-marker) cranked about two inches of this cowl out early this morning in the laundry mat. The one in my building is out of service … again … so I had to go to one three blocks away. Because it’s too much to go home in between washing and drying, going there this morning gave me some uninterrupted knitting time. :D I really am enjoying working on this and I’m so glad I decided to give in to starting over. I can’t wait to finish this project! It felt good knitting after a too long break.
As for my “Cyber Monday” shenanigans — my misbehavior started one week early (Cyber Monday’s officially tomorrow). Knitpicks started their Cyber Monday sale early. Despite my “I will NEVER shop with KP again” proclamation after that poorly handled credit card breach situation in January of this year, I tested the waters once again. I was one of the customers caught in the debacle who wasn’t formally notified and I kinda felt like this, but I wanted some “play” roving to test some spinning techniques (since I’m basically teaching myself how to spin from books and Youtube) so I got these:
Wool of the Andes Roving
and these — Full Circle Roving:
I hope I don’t have to pay for shopping with them after a year with another breach issue. Their products and prices are pretty decent and it’s the affordability of their workhorse yarns that allowed me to move from working solely with acrylic yarn to natural fibers. While I don’t have the strong negative feelings I had initially after the issue, I’m still cautious buying from them. But in the meantime … I’m pretty chuffed (according to my British cousins) about the “play” roving I got.
Will you guys be going nuts tomorrow with the yarn sales? :D Post pics so I could live vicariously through you all okay!