It has been an extraordinarily busy time for me. The leaves are turning and falling around me, making me crave a slower pace of life and the comforts of the season. I adore the fall! But I've never been busier in my life. I find myself saying to people, "It's always busy, but it's just not normally THIS busy." Then I realize I've said that before. I've been saying that a lot.
Baking bread has been the one thing that seems to ground me in the middle of the crazy. Sourdough in particular seems to be really forgiving, since it's slower pace actually fits with all of our comings and goings nicely. Having my hands in dough, even just for a moment or two is really comforting.
Knitting on the other hand, is happening even more slowly. In all truthfulness, I have realized that my smartphone is filling those small slots of time that my knitting needles used to, and that is sad. In the doctor's office today (my kiddo stepped on a glass chard) I had brought my knitting bag and forgot about it while I was on the smartphone in the waiting room. A sad waste of my precious time that I must learn from.
Until that perfect day comes along when I can sit in front of the fire for uninterrupted time on a knitting project, I will have to make due with waiting rooms and little snippets.
I finally finished my shawl from this summer. This is my second Tasha Tudor Shawl. The first went to my oldest daughter.
It has been well-loved and more than a few holes have been patched over the years.
I have been thinking of it as my animal rounds shawl. The one I can quickly grab and tie on as I run out the door to take care of animals.
What is it about a shawl? For me, they are very practical in the same way that an apron is. It can become a hood, an apron, a scarf, a baby blanket, or a shrug. I always think of a line in one of my favorite Jane Austen movies, Mansfield Park, where the master of the house is noticing there is no fire and his ward replies, "But I have a very warm shawl." Seems that having a warm shawl is supposed to make up for a lot of other things. I am hoping, that during this busiest-ever-fall, that it will bring me the comfort I so desperately need while I run around trying to keep things from 'fall'-ing apart.
It's been so long since I have shared with Ginny's Small Things Yarn Along! I am looking foward to being inspired there this week, as I usually am by all of your projects.