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It has been a while since I last visited my blog. So much has transpired since then. It seems that at any age one can be a work in progress. Becoming a grandmother, moving to a new city, and turning a new attitude are all works in progress. And again I draw the comparisons of knitting and life. The fabric of life is built one moment at a time and knitting one stitch at a time. Patterns simple become the background for the complex and intricate stitches that bring interest to the garment and the life one lives.

When the Psalmist says, “You have knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13), I think of the individual DNA that builds us in the womb in to the unique person we become. Seeing a grandchild born brings home the incredible beauty of life created and the artist that creates and gives life. Each cell connected to the next, each stitch connected to the next. No accident and unlike my knitting no mistakes.

Each time I begin a new project I cannot help but think of the ones I have started and there they sit not finished. Works in progress that are waiting completion. They are not forgotten, nor are they cast off to never be finished. Just waiting till the time is right or when there is actually no other things that have taken over the must get done list.photo (2)Some projects like life require more effort, mistakes in the pattern, mistakes in understanding, changes that have to occur for the project to come to life and completion. We too have obstacles to over come, changes that have to happen, patterns in life that require altering for us to be made whole. In Philippians 1:6 we  told that: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” We are works in progress, being made perfect. That takes time but it does happen.finished kendra's sweaterGiven time and perseverance projects are finished and  new ones begun. Life changes some parts are finished and new beginnings start. Knowing that as we begin new areas we will be stretched, challenged to not just sit back on where we were or cling to what was.

scarf blueNew patterns, new colors, new life.

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January, February, and now most of March 2013 have come and gone and I don’t know where the time went. Much knitting has been started, finished and given away. Why is it so hard to keep track of things? Life goes on and all of the sudden you just can not figure out how or where it went.

I have had a bit of an epiphany over these past few months after my mother-in-law passed away. What has happened in having to figure out what to do with a house full of life’s accumulations, is that, it has made me stop and think about my own life’s accumulations and who would have to deal with all of the stuff.  Suddenly it all seems a bit futile. Shelves of old knitting magazines. most of which I haven’t looked at in the last 4 years since I moved them from one set of shelves to another, without really looking at them then. I did give two large boxes away a few months back and now it is time to start in earnest getting rid of more of them along with a lot of other things that are in boxes and have no purpose.

In going through some of my mother-in-laws items there were hand knit items that most likely her mother had made. No longer wearable, and not really meaningful to anyone today. It sort of made me think of things I have not let go of as well, old sweaters no one wants or will ever wear again. Not baby items that might actually be useful at some future point in time. Old things, that were made years ago and sizes ago as well, styles that if they do come back the yarn will just not have with stood the ravages of time.

Now why did this not hit me when I had to deal with my own mother’s belongings, I do not know. Maybe, because my sisters helped in taking some of the item, maybe, because we had already gone through things when she moved into a smaller apartment. Maybe because some of it is still in a store room at my home. Maybe because some of the items at my mother-in-law’s home should be important to someone, they have monetary value if not memory values. Yet it seems that no one wants them and that is sad.

I love making things and giving them to people, who I hope will enjoy them. I do not keep many of the items I make, I do not need that many cowls, scarves, afghans, or any of the other items. The joy is in the new yarn, the new pattern, the making and the giving.

“O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.” (Part of the prayer of St. Francis”)

So though sometimes these lessons are painful, it becomes a time to let go of the past and move forward. Accept that at the time they served the purpose as will new things now serve their purpose.  But do not drag the past into the  now and even more so do not drag it into the future.

” for the former things are passed away. And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” Rev. 21; parts of 4 & 5.

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So off we went with high expectations of a weekend filled with yarn, other knitters and crocheters, new shops, old shops and shop gifts. It was not a disappointment! My good intentions to take pictures at each shop did get lost in the wonder of the yarn, my trusty companion, driver, and husband did help somewhat on that score and the pictures I do have are thanks to him alone.

Lucky Ewe, Shop in New Braunfels

This was the second shop we actually visited. The first being at Yarnorama, in Paige. Totally forgot to take a picture there we were so busy buying my passport and looking at all of their gorgeous yarn.  The fun gift at Yarnorama was a beginning needle felting kit. That is something I will enjoy trying. Now to the shop in the picture. All of the yarn seen in the picture was hand dyed by a local yarn artist. The give away at this shop was an abacus knitting bracelet. Such fun ideas.

The next morning we headed to San Antonio, stopped by the newly bought San Antonio Yarn Barn and though they were not on the crawl this year I am sure they will be next year. I just wanted to say hello and congratulation to the new owner. On to Yarnivore from there. Love the people there and their selection of products, but alas no picture there either. The gift was a nifty pair of tiny snip scissors with a tape measure. So far I have not mentioned the fact I was also purchasing yarn, needles or other knitting goodies at these shops. Off to Boerne, to a shop called Ewe and Eye, again not on the crawl, but worth going by. Not to mention the wonderful restaurant attached to the shop. Yes lunch was very much enjoyed. But to continue on our Saturday journey from there we headed out to Comfort and the Tinsmith’s Wife.

This is a wonderful what looks to be a small shop, but is rather large once inside. They too specialize in hand dyed yarns from around Texas and other states. Their gift was a skein of yarn with patterns available on the internet to download for free. A wonderful skein of hand dyed yarn followed me out of this shop. We then headed to our last shop for the day in Horseshoe Bay out of Marble Falls, Nan’s Needleworks. This is a shop that you have to know where it is, as it is in an office building and looks nothing like a knitting shop (whatever that might be). They carry locally produced yarn as well as a variety of well know brands. A pretty skein of self ruffling yarn was their gift and again a lovely silk blend yarn was purchased. I will really have to get to knitting instead of typing very soon. We had dinner at a very good Chinese restaurant and spent a fun evening reviewing our purchases, freebies and I did knit on a very lovely afghan that is in the works.

Sunday morning, started with a relaxed breakfast at the motel and then off for another day of fun. First was a lovely drive through the hill country to Jonestown. A lovely cool front had come in (wow could wear knitted items) and the day was perfect. First stop the Happy Ewe.

Happy Ewe, Jonestown

The day was overcast and gray but perfect for yarn shopping. The fun give away here was a prepackaged kit to make two very cute sheep something similar to my little sheepies that I make. These will be a fun variation to make as well. Again this is one of the new shops on the tour and was well worth the trip. Lovely yarns and lots of them.  We headed off to Austin to Gauge a small but nice shop in northwest Austin. There I was finally able to get the Yarn Crawl bag and book as they were the only shop left to have them. The gift was a set of stitch markers, and once again a lovely hand dyed skein of alpaca went home with me. This picture is blurry but there I am.

Me drooling over the lovely yarn.

So then it was on to Austin’s best known and longest, and best established yarn shop.

Hill Country Weavers

This shop is in the heart of downtown Austin and is packed every square inch with yarn and now overflows into another house behind the main shop. Their give away was a skein of fingering weight yarn and again patterns available for free to be sent to my email. Found a lovely skein of hand dyed yarn on sale and so off it went with me as well.

Prizes for the lucky ones whose names are drawn

So now we are down to the last two shops. The last one in Austin is the Knitting Nest and it is a small shop in south Austin, there they were giving out a skein of nice cotton yarn to make jar cozies. Might make that or something else. Then it was head back out to the country to Old Oaks Ranch, which is an alpaca ranch and a really nice place to just go and visit. The yarn shop is only part of what they have going on out there, art classes, spinning, felting, weaving, and poetry and all sorts of fun stuff.  The last stop of the weekend is at one of the best shops on tour. My wonderful husband pampered me with the yarn and pattern to do a lovely shawl, oh for more time to knit, knit, knit! The give away there was a kit to make a necklace from fun yarns.  The last picture is of some of the babies at this ranch.

Some of the babies at Old Oaks Ranch

These guys were waiting at the fence to tell us bye as we left and headed home from a very long fun weekend. I sure look forward to playing with all the yarn and freebies from The Best Little Yarn Shop Crawl in Texas.

I know this is a long post but it was a very fun time had by all.

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The Time Between

In knitting there are times when you finish a large, lengthy project and then there is the time between. That is the time after the big push to finish something and the start of the next big project. This time can sometimes feel like a let down or a twilight zone type place. A place of not knowing exactly what you want to do next and being glad the other project is finished. It is not a place void of knitting, there are always small project in the works. Just a place where the main focus is not yet in focus.

In life there are places of Between. When one phase of life has ended and the next not quite in focus yet.  A child arriving but not yet here, children leaving but not yet self-supporting, thinking of retiring but not yet able to  retire. Changes that can feel like a let down, but you are glad that one phase is finished, yet you are not quite sure what the next phase will bring. Yet there is always something in progress, life continues.

In knitting, you eventually begin a new project that requires a lot of time and effort the same is true of life, the new child arrives, the last child leaves and has found their place in life, and retirement does come. The time between ends and the new project is in full swing. Life cycles and knitting walk hand in hand.  Sometimes we have it all lined up, what will come next, both in life and knitting. Other times it seems to take a while to figure it out. Trial and error. No, I don’t want to make that, yes I want to change jobs or not work or…. what ever. Just knowing that you are in a time between sometimes lets you just float along with the small projects waiting… waiting for the next thing to come into focus.

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