Ongoing health issues continue at our house and we've been immersed in doctors visits and hospital stays and after 7 months of this craziness, I think we're both about to lose our minds. If you're in the loop, surgery #3 was 2 weeks ago and if this one did the trick, we should know by the middle of June if this entire thing is finally behind us. If you're not in the loop, I'll spare you all the gory details ~ suffice it to say, we're beat and ready to start living life again.
There have been bursts of sunshine thanks to some dear ravelry buddies who know just how to cheer a gal up ~ who can help but smile when they get care packages such as these:
Fellow bloggers Will & Jeff sent a box of hugs ~ 2 skeins of 'sock sanity stash filler' from Will (I've already cast on the Black Bunny Fibers!) and a huge hank of yarn hand spun by Jeff (have I mentioned how lucky I am?!). Still don't know what I did to deserve the two of you but like I said, you are on the 'homemade jam forever' list!
And then there's fellow blogger buddy Kelly Lightbeam who threw a little of everything in the box I received from her:
Minnesota chocolates and tea with the cutest little Tea-Rex tea diffuser ~ I will have fun using him!
There was also this lovely skein of berry colored handspun from her local guild's sale (I think?) and a ball of mohair to work into my Color Play Mohair Churchmouse Scarf that I cast on for easy hospital knitting.
But my favorite thing of all was the artwork her daughter Chloe made for me:
I've been working on the last bit of organizing in the knitting attic (my closet finally has shelving!) and when I'm done, I will find a special place to hang this brightly cheerful painting by a sweet girl.
I've been knitting ~ Spire is still on hold. It's just too much for my brain to handle at the moment. Hopefully soon we'll get to know each other again. Until then, I've made a shawl:
And I've been churning out socks like nobody's business ~ they are the perfect stress knit, I think:
My sock drawer is beginning to fill up ~ I love to open it and look inside...it makes me smile :).
These are my newest additions (links under each photo are to my ravelry notes & more photos):
My Cup of Tea ~ with yarn sent to me by mysistersknitter (thanks again, Andi!)
Simple Skyp Socks ~ there will be more of these!
Hermione's Everyday Socks ~ I had to copy you, Jesse (moo-HA-HA!!)
And my newest pair just cast on last night with the yummy Black Bunny Fibers Yarn that Will sent:
I've joined the 10,000 other folk in love with Grumperina's patterns and started my first pair of Jaywalkers
I think that about catches us up to speed. Spring is here, the sun came out yesterday and stayed for an encore today so for the moment, there's a smile on my face and hope that tomorrow will be a better day than the last too many bad days in a row. I really appreciate everyone checking in that's been taking the time to message me on ravelry. I do read all your emails and like I said, I will answer each and every one of them when life gets back on a normal track for us. I'm so glad to have made so many cherished connections online ~ I'm ever so thankful for my virtual circle of friends and your friendship.
Happy Spring and I'll try not to be gone so long next time!