Thursday, November 01, 2007

Slinking Out from Under My Rock

What was that I said about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory?

One would probably assume that I've been hiding. True, it did take me some time to recover from that crushing loss. Rest assured, though, Ellen and I have been discussing sock yarn preferences and I'll be making good on that bet. Details to follow.

Here's what I have been working on. Lots of red cables.

This is the back of a Veste Everest, in Knit Picks Andean Silk from the stash. Another thing I've been doing is falling in love with this yarn. It's so yummy and soft. It has a beautiful little halo of fuzziness around it. I am sorely tempted to buy mass quantities of the stuff. Having recently moved into the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, however, it's probably not the best time for stash enhancement.

Speaking of that, you may recall that late in the summer I mentioned that big changes were impending Chez Affiknitty. Well, last week, one of those changes came to pass. This fall has seen my transition from stay-at-home to working mom. Now, I'm also transitioning to "single mom." It's a hard change, to be sure, but one that was a long time in coming. I could use a knitting-as-life metaphor here, I suppose, but I'll refrain. I'll just say that it's for the best, the boys and I are fine, and I'm very hopeful about the future.

I think I'll leave you with some music. It's pretty much been all Andrew Bird, all the time around here. Here's another track from Armchair Apocrypha.


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41 Comments:

Blogger melissa said...

glad you are handling the changes in your life with such aplomb. and i'm sure there will be stash enhancement in your future again some day soon. :)

6:31 PM  
Anonymous lynda said...

You're going through some big changes, and I'm adding your name to my prayer journal :o) Hang in my friend!

6:37 PM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

Andean Treasure might be my favorite Knit Pick yarn. Love the cables with it.

I'm sure that the blog will be very helpful during your transition. Good luck.
-L

7:02 PM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

So sorry to hear your news. I hope everyone transitions as best as can be expected. I'll be thinking of you all as you adjust.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Sulafaye said...

You are such a classy dame! I hope that there is still lots of room for irrational exuberance (akin to that which your red cables have inspired in me. Yum!).

8:45 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Honey, your team rocked so hard all season, they were a totaly success!! So, no shame...

LOVE those red cables, you've been busy!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Transitions can be tough. I wish you all the best with yours. Knitterly support from me! Love all the red cables.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Best of luck to you and your boys, Laura. I'm sending positive vibes in your direction.

The vest is looking great -- now I want to try the Andean Treasure, too. Alas... my yarn budget for November is already gone!

10:33 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Sending good thoughts. The Andean Silk is one of my favorite yarns. Very pretty with the cables!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Laura, I'm so sorry. Whether it's for good or for ill, it's still a really really hard thing to go through, and a difficult transition to make. I hope you're doing ok. xoxo

11:01 PM  
Blogger Phlel said...

Beautiful work. I really understand the journey you are starting. I too was a single mom, with just one son. It is very hard, but it can be done. Will be thinking all the best thoughts for you and your kids. Also will be hoping you can get those moments for yourself still to destress. You'll need them now.

3:22 AM  
Blogger Terhi said...

All the best to you and your boys, Laura! You'll be in my thoughts...

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Best of luck with all your life changes:)

6:41 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

All the best to you and your family.

People are always saying such good things about the Andean Silk. It might be time for me to make yet another KnitPicks order!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wow, big changes indeed. I'm so sorry to hear, although I know you and the boys will be just fine. My thoughts are with you.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

Hey Miss Laura,

Glad to hear you guys are doing well and you still have some time for knitting. Hope to see you soon!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

I'm currently using the Andean Silk for a sweater without cables but seeing your vest makes me want to buy even more yarn and get going on a vest. The cables look great. Good luck with all of your life changes.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

Big life changes are never easy, but you seem to be going through them gracefully. Best of luck and happy, positive thoughts and prayers to you and your boys. I still want to get our groups together one of these days!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Debbi said...

Best of everything to you and your boys. Knitting will see you through!

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Kim U said...

Sending you good thoughts while you navigate through your transitions. Best wishes.

Thanks for the Andrew Bird videos lately - this is the first time I've heard of him and I'm really liking his music!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

You're handling all of these big changes with such finesse! Bravo to you. (And that's one gorgeous red.)

11:11 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I am sorry to hear about your recent changes. You will definitely be in my thoughts through this tough time.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Those beautiful red cables and Andrew Bird - Both are so comforting to me, I can see how you stay strong throughout life's chaos. Wishing you the best.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Dr. B. said...

That is a really good, delicious red, and your cables are beautiful.

Sending you lots of peace and extra time in every day to get all the things done that need to get done and still have a little time for yourself.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

sending you a *big* hug. I know it's hard right now, but there are so many wonderful things ahead for you and your boys. You'll get through this. :-)

1:04 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Change can be so very difficult - and you are handling it so gracefully! Sending out good thoughts to you and your little guys.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Change can really suck when you're going through it, but I know you'll pull through and be glad you made the right (albeit) decisions for you and your boys! Gorgeous red cables BTW.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

So sorry The Big Shoe dropped this week. It couldn't have been easy on anyone. Hang in there.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Gena said...

The best to all of you! I hope the transitions are smooth for you and the boys.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Lori on Little Traverse Bay said...

Can I just say I'm sorry to hear about the transition. Sending you and the boys "Peace, Love and Tranquility" on this next step in your journey...

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Phoebe said...

Can't help myself -- your relationship is like a sweater you really loved (the pattern, the yarn) and you put all that time into it, but it just didn't turn out the way you dreamed it would. So you need to frog it, put that fabulous yarn back in the stash until another project catches your eye and you have the heart once again to start over. It has happened to most of us and we feel your pain. Most of us hate the changes, even when they are our ideas. You have all you need to get through this -- your children, your job, your friends and your knitting. You will blossom, it just takes time. Trust me on this.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Wow, all the best to you as you adapt to the new changes. I agree with the commenter above who comments on how gracefully you seem to be handling things.

Also sorry about your baseball team. Well, not THAT sorry. I am a New Englander, after all.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Best of luck to you, Laura! Take care!

10:18 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

Oh Laura, my heart clenched when I read this. All my love goes out to you. I know you're being really strong and brave through this transitional time and am sending you all wishes and hopes for your continuing health and happiness and that of the boys. Look after yourself too.

P xxxxxxxx

6:51 AM  
Blogger Marin (AntiM) said...

I'm sorry to hear about your singleness... and I sincerely hope it's one of those cases where it's for the best.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous jennie said...

I'm a little late to the game, but i'm sending you strength for these times of change. such beautiful red cables (in such a lovely yarn) will no doubt help.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

lots of changes, but that's what life throws at it! you seem to be taking it all as best you can....

(the cables are wonderful!)

12:07 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

Aw, take care.
You can always squeeze those lovely cables for strength.
xoxo

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Even when it's for the best, change is tough. Take care of yourself. I'm sending good thoughts for you and your boys.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Best wishes for positive steps forward. Sometimes after we take that one, big, giant step, the steps to follow aren't as tough. I hope this is the case for you.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Laura, sending you warm [belated] thoughts across the ocean. Hug your babies close. x

Nora

2:00 AM  

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