Last week, my week off, did not turn out the way I expected. I really had planned to relax, knit like crazy, and get ready for the holiday season, that has somehow surprised me by arriving too soon. Is it really December this week?? Ugh.
Anywhooooo, it would take forever to write all about my week, and it really isn't that interesting. So, long story short, we are having some family issues, in particular with my mother-in-law, who is not recovering well from surgery on her eye, is now disabled, recently widowed, and had to give up driving a month ago. Wednesday was her birthday, which was also her late husband's birthday. She wasn't really looking forward to celebrating it. On last Monday, her beloved cat got out of the house when a friend stopped by to visit. After searching for a week, struggling with all her losses, and getting through Thanksgiving day, she happily called us on Saturday to let us know the cat came back--and had been hiding out in her detached garage. During the week, though, my husband had a near melt-down, as he just hates to see his mom tortured by all her grief. He doesn't handle uncomfortable emotions well, which drives me insane. We were really stressed out this week, over the circumstances and with each other. It wasn't fun. I am so thankful that Teakie the cat returned home.
Friday I felt rotten and like my week had been completely consumed with grief. There were little moments of joy, like seeing family on Thanksgiving, but by Friday I was worn out. Not sleeping doesn't help. I decided to treat my emotional state by checking out a new yarn shop that I had seen advertised in our local paper.
Knitting to Know Ewe, in Penns Park, near Newtown, PA is a gorgeous yarn shop. It is situated in a little grouping of shops called the Gathering on Rt. 232. I was amazed to see how they designed the shop. The surrounding walls had yarns displayed in a color coordinated rainbow. All types of yarns were mixed together and arranged by color in sections. They did have some shelf displays of Noro, Debbie Bliss, and some other yarns, but most of the stock was just all mixed together and arranged by color. I had fun exploring the visual delights of seeing the carefully arranged colors. I bought some luciously soft Katia Mohair yarn in blue and purple and a skein of Lamb's Pride worsted in a soft shade of blue. My secret pal had sent me two skeins of this grey-blue yarn that was hand spun. After much deliberation as to what to make with it, I decided to find some coordinating yarns and make a shawl for myself. This is a photo of all the yarns I collected so far for the shawl:
I don't have a pattern, and I have never made a shawl before, so this should be interesting. I will start searching for a pattern as soon as my current projects are completed.