Friday, November 07, 2008

Birthdays


Yesterday at the morning meeting, a young woman celebrated 1 year of sobriety.  I was so glad I was there.  She told a bit of her story, she had tears streaming down her face, I had tears brimming in my eyes, another woman had tears running, and the men were trying not to cry.  It was one of those wonderful AA stories.  Heartbreak and redemption.  Decimation and reconciliation.  A living death and then life.  And the gratitude that naturally flows from that.

On the way to the restaurant last night, I stopped at the yarn shop to get a new quick project to work on.  I have been knitting the same baby blanket since last March and I am SICK of it.  It is going to take at least another couple of months to finish.... on size 1 needles, and very intricate work.  I usually pick quick projects because the variety.  I LOVE to knit socks because they are quick, they make a great gift, and I love the tactile aspect of the bamboo needles, the wool yarn, and the way these interact.  

I walked into the yarn shop with 5 minutes scheduled to do this!  I told the owner of the shop that I NEEDED some socks to knit for therapy.  Unfortunately, I am afraid this is probably not a strange request for that store.  She knew exactly where to take me to get some beautiful marino wool yarn, and I always buy new needles even though I am sure I don't need them.  I have a portfolio of knitting books, and several books of sock recipes.... what fun to come home and pick a sock pattern and get started.  

I am really looking forward to today.  I have been working very hard to get several projects going.  They are now going... there is lots more work to do, but they have a good foundation now.  I feel like I can work at a less frenetic pace for a day or two... and that is good.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone.  

12 comments:

Scott W said...

AND you can eat with those bamboo needles! I find knitting fascinating, and I was just looking at that formula. The human mind is so smart that it can invent all the stuff we have in this world.

Pam said...

Oh how I wish to take some lessons from you. I can knit a Barbie Doll blanket but that's all. "sock recipes?" yummy with lots of garlic.

Lou said...

How do you explain to the uninitiated that everyone so enjoyed the wonderful cry...

J-Online said...

I have really enjoyed knitting too. I haven't picked up the needles in about a month but plan to start a project this weekend. I love making warm hats. They are quick and easy. Have a great day!

Trailboss said...

Happy Friday MC!

Shadow said...

knit away. i just can't. knitting patterns may as well be nuclear bomb instructions... well, the last thing i knitted many many moons ago in school looking like survived one anyway...

Cat said...

I understand that meeting sotry - I have expierenced that - in an open AA meeting several times - Thank you for posting this. And happy knitting to you!

Cat

Syd said...

My mother made me socks many years ago. I still have them and only wore them a couple of times. They and the mittens that she made me as a kid are precious to me.

♥Shann♥ said...

giggling at sock recipees but I soo get it... how cool. I love your flare for knitting socks... ps thanks for checking on my during my hiatus ♥

PRAYER GIRL said...

I used to love knitting. Then went to crocheting, hooking rugs, macrame, needlepoint, etc. etc.

These days, I'm not into any of these hobbies though I did truly love them. I think my sore thumb joint may be part of the reason.

Now I'm into blogging. -Grin-

AlkySeltzer said...

Working on a baby blanket from March until November--heck, that's time enough to MAKE the baby (without the blankie!)

Patty said...

I too, have been thinking about picking up my knitting again. I only like to knit in the winter. I have a sock recipe that I got off the back of some yarn last year. Thanks for inspiring me, not only with knitting, but recovery as well.