Making Monday, stranded on a desert island or home away from home
|Going to "work"|
My parents are in their 80s and they are slowing down, some routines have become a challenge and their health, while ok, is of concern for me and my siblings. I have the summer off, thanks to being a teacher, my girls are self sufficient enough to manage without me, and I have been in Maine pretty much since school let out in June. Prior to summer vacation, I spent many a Friday on the Concord Coach commuting up for the weekend. I spend my time hanging out with my parents, watching old movies, paging through family albums, and enjoying the small moments of each day. I run errands, cook, do a bit of laundry and cleaning, but for the most part, I sit and I knit and I enjoy their company. Why am I listing all of this info and what in the world does it have to do with knitting you ask? Wait, read on.
I have established a kind of home away from home existence here in Maine. I have clothes and knitting projects in both places, I have a routine that differs from the one at home. My parents retire for the evening by 6-6:30, so I sit and knit and binge on Netflix series. I have gotten so many projects finished here. The stash I had been bringing up is dwindling, and I am a tad panicked. I miss my stash and dream of the projects I have lined up at home. (I must interject here that I also miss my girls, my cats, my walking about town lifestyle as well. And. I. Really. Miss. My. Girls.) This post is about my thinking in regards to having a lineup of knitting projects with limited resources at hand. And yes, I do visit the LYS in the area, I have ordered yarn from WEBS, but entertain my thinking about Knitting From Stash for a minute.
|My bowl of wool overflows, small in comparison to the storage totes at home.|
This leads to meditation, at least it does when the Netflix is turned off. In the moments of quiet, as we sit outside on the patio and relish in the warmth of the sun, the refreshing gentle breezes, and the activity of birds at the feeder, I marvel at the wealth of inspiration I have access to. While in Maine, I have visited Knit Wit and felt welcomed into that community of knitters, I re-connected with a friend from the beach who does natural dyeing of wool, I have been reading about one designer's path from informal pattern design to a burgeoning profession. My girls accuse me of finding a way to turn any conversation back to knitting, this makes me proud. It was said with an element of complaint, but I flipped it to a compliment....
|Dad, at the beach, feeling a chill. Mum called him "Chief Mucky-Muck"|
|Dream in Color, Kangaroo Dyer and Haute Knit|
|Daybreak, knit with Toil and Trouble|
|Lumpy Space, here we come.|
Well, I have been blathering on, I hope you are still with me here. Let me close with this concept. I suggest you consider using your stash in this way. You are at home, your stash is accessible, so go in and select a few skeins that make you happy. Place them nearby, and as you sit and knit, reflect on patterns you may have in your Ravelry Queue or Favorites. Or.... go and check what is on the Top Twenty patterns. You may find inspiration, I hope so! Good luck.
|Mum and I|