Sunday, November 20, 2016
Update Twenty One - YOP and Life
My yopping update is small:
1) Body of sweater is finished and I am knitting the sleeves two at a time and have finished two lace repeats (17 to go).
2) I spun an ounce of Blue-faced Leichester, and 2-plied it. Fingering Weight - Yay!
3) I spun a fat single out of some unknown brown fleece I had lying around. I think I will spin more of this to make a child-size sweater/jacket.
4) I donated some worsted yarn to my friend who is teaching in a one-room school and wants to teach her five students how to knit.
5) I found my orifice hook that I thought I had lost when I transported my spinning wheel to and from the school last week, and it was making me very sad - but it was found on the driveway the next day, under the car, wet from the rain, but no worse for wear. Phew.
Lastly I have joined an Advent KAL on Ravelry called the Peace Project 2016. The designer will release four rows of the pattern every day of Advent. We will knit peace all around the world. Join us if you want. Here is the link to the project page. If you are not on Ravelry you can find out more details here.
Earlier this week I posted on facebook:
It's ok to not be ok, tell someone you're not ok. It's ok.
I am not ok.
Well some of the time I am ok, but lots of the time, lately, I am not ok.
I am doing all the right things: swimming, yoga, sleeping, working, seeing friends, knitting.
But I can feel it when I wake up in the morning.
In sixteen or so hours I can come back to bed.
It's nothing in particular.
It's nothing in general.
I just feel down.
I have felt this way before and it has resolved. Sometimes through a change in medication. Sometimes through talk therapy. Sometimes just time.
I know it's not just me.
I think the world is feeling this way too.
I think many of us just want to go to bed and pull the covers over our head for the next four or, God forbid, eight years.
So why don't I?
Because of the glorious hugs I get from family and friends, students - past and present.
Because of beautiful sunsets and fantastic moonrises.
Because of the joy I get from teaching.
Because of all who need hope
Because if I go back to bed, it means the bad guys have won.
And I can't have that.
Because deep down, underneath my sadness I believe what Samwise Gamgee believes.
So let's knit on, soldier on, keep on going forward together.