Thankful.

Count your blessings.

I am blessed to have a wonderful husband, my bond with whom has been annealed in the fire of recent events.
I am blessed to have family that can find words when most cannot.
I am blessed to have friends that would walk through fire for me, and I would do the same for them.
I am blessed with the ability to see all things in focus, truly discerning the important things from those that truly do not matter.
I am blessed with strength, with fire, with passion, with grace, with peace.
I am blessed.

Finding normal.

The one thing I am learning is that my definition of "normal" is changed forever. I spend my days trying to feel what normal is for us now. Once I was able to knit a stitch without feeling guilty, I found a kind of normal, a comforting routine. I started a pair of felted slippers, the jury's still out on those - they didn't quite felt how I'd like, so there's still some work to be done to get the proper fit. The one project I am looking forward to working on is Anne Hanson's Maplewing Shawl (Ravelry link). Step one: Cast on *600* stitches.



I bought this kit at SPA last winter, and was looking forward to working on it while I was home on maternity leave. Obviously, I had no idea how little knitting time I'd have - or I thought I could do everything! Now I look at this pattern and find a little escape from thinking too much, an invitation for some peace.  I have a simple square shawl on the needles as well, to satisfy my need for mindless knitting, and I'm also working on Liesl, which is a pretty easy knit as well. But when I need to turn down the volume, Maplewing's ready for me.

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