Hello Friday. I have been looking forward to your arrival. The gifts are wrapped and under the tree. Christmas Eve dinner is planned and prepped. I have found a few minutes here and there to work in a test knit cowl for Laura. The coffee pot is full and I have a lovely new read.
This week l learned that my almost 24 year old nephew has been knitting. He made a beautiful sweater with amazing cables and is working on argyle socks now. Yesterday we had a fun conversation about yarn and hat patterns. He talked about how knitting at the airport has brought a new perspective on traveling for him. You know I will be gifting him something yarn related. My daughters are my knitting buddies so I am blessed with a family who understands the importance of fiber Fridays!
NExt week, Kat and I are casting on the RobRoy hat. We would love to have you join us for a very casual KAL.
The Think Write Thursday prompt for this week is to write about the ways I stay positive when it feels like everything is going wrong. What do I do to get through those times and stay focused on the good?
I am a planner. I like to have a schedule. I can change my plans or adjust my schedule, but I still like to know where I am headed. Lately, I have found myself in a new place. Lots of waiting for someone else to tell me what will happen next and when that next might be. So I have been practicing a loose grip. I grab a bag with knitting, a book, a healthy snack, and my water bottle and head out to see what this day will bring. I am also practicing the gift of presence, being with another person without expectation of anything in return. Let me tell you, it is not easy for me. But I am learning something about what it means to be compassionate and kind, faithful and strong. I am learning to walk toward instead of away.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
James 1:2-4 MSG
I thought I would be done with this book by now but this last week took a few twists and turns that didn’t leave time for reading. I am anxious to get back to this story although it is nice to savor those last chapters.
And this yarn – so lovely. This skein was a gift from my sister and purchased at a yarn shop she discovered in NYC. I don’t have a pattern in mind yet but I know it won’t linger in my stash for long.
I am enjoying my #peaceproject cowl. Today is Worldwide knit for peace day – check out the Ravelry page to see all the places people are planning to knit today and join in the fun.
And visit Ginny for more yarn and book inspiration
I finally pulled out the box of nativities on Friday. This is usually the first box of decorations that I bring in from the garage but, as I think I have mentioned, December has given me a wild ride. Friday was the last day of school and the beginning of my Christmas break so right after a little nap, I began to set up the nativities. I like to have a nativity in each room. I have a few more but this year, I am trying to keep things simple so I only set up four. Just enough to greet me and remind me where my focus needs to be.
Some years, I have kept the baby Jesus pieces to put out on Christmas but this year, it was the baby piece that I wanted to see. Our own tiny person is just two weeks old. I had some extended time with him yesterday while our daughter’s made cookies. I thought it was a pretty clever plan! I got baby time and a plate of yummy cookies.
Not much of a pause today. I have done very little to make sure there are gifts under the tree so I will head out after church. The week ahead will be busy with family visits and plans.