Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stronger

I recently finished the "Eiki" (strength) shawlette, and really love how it came it.  I knit this up with my own handpainted yarn, a BFL 4 ply, colorway "Paris" and I added a few beads at the edging for some extra zing.  Fittingly, I am feeling better every day, almost back to some sort of normal.  While I don't relish the thought of the follow up surgery, I am going to put it out of my mind until the time comes.  Right now, it's one day at a time.  This piece serves as a reminder to me that people go on every day despite overwhelming loss - my own mishap pales in comparison to those caught up in the natural disasters these last few months.

I'm gearing up for the CNY Fiber show on June 11 and 12 - the dyepots are in action, and there will be lots of new colorways available.  I am looking forward to this very much, and perhaps by then, the sun will decide it's okay to stick around longer than 5 minutes.

I've also been knitting up blocks like this:

which are from the very excellent Kay Gardiner, the pattern is "Mitered Crosses Blanket".  You can purchase a copy of it here.  These are very addicting, so be warned!
I'll post additional information about the fiber show in an upcoming post.  Hope you'll drop by to say hello if you're in the area!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Highs and Lows

In early April, our family had the wonderful opportunity to visit Rome, Italy.  It was an amazing trip where even glitches in the plans turned out to have far more rewarding results than anything we could have hoped for.  The weather was perfect - sunny, and 75 - 80 degrees every day (I think it was a little above normal for Rome, but how lucky for us!).  We walked miles and saw ancient and modern Rome coexisting side by side.  At every turn, there was something architecturally fascinating to see.  The food was fabulous, although I am still in awe of how Romans sit down to multi-course meals and everyone is trim and chic.  We met a lovely older couple who effectively adopted us.  We stayed in their rental apartment, just upstairs from their own, in the building that they have lived in and owned for some 45 years.  They cooked for us, showed us the "real" Rome and made us feel like family rather than tourists.  I am so thrilled we had this experience and it makes me dream of future trips!

Upon our return, I was excited to have a week to prepare for a fiber show at Clermont State Park.  With tubs packed and the booth setup clearly mapped out in my head, I felt prepared and ready for a fun day.  As luck would have it, my body conspired against me and I wound up having emergency surgery instead.  Ugh!  A ruptured abscess in the abdomen is not a good thing, so I spent a few days in the hospital, and have been home almost a week now trying to get back into some state of normalcy.  There will be follow-up surgery, but that's down the road a bit.  For now, I'm happy to be here, and extremely grateful this event did not occur while we were travelling (always look for the silver lining).

I had started knitting Janel Laidman's lovely "Eiki Shawlette" pattern (Eiki meaning strength in Japanese) as we started out on our trip.  This pattern can be purchased from Janel's blog or through Ravelry and the proceeds go to assist with Japanese relief efforts.  It somehow seems appropriate to be working on this project right now - to remind myself to be strong, and also to be aware that no matter how difficult things may seem,  there are always others in much more dire circumstances.

As long as the healing process goes well, I'll be at the CNY Fiber Artists and Producers Annual Showcase "From Animals to Art".  This event will be held on June 11 and 12 in Bouckville, NY at the Butternut Hill Campground.  I'm looking forward to something new, so if you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by. 

More updates to follow!