My physician gave me a wonderful phrase to use in thinking about the loss of the dogs—the “tincture of time.” It is more than seven weeks since I last blogged, and the tincture is working! Today I walked through the Farmers’ Market a block away from where I live.
The sun was wonderfully warm, despite predictions of cooler weather. Some people were out enjoying music and food, and others were doing both in the company of their dogs. It was good to be there and to occasionally to give a friendly dog a pat on the head!
I’ve been traveling much of the summer—a two week+ trip to visit with childhood friends and attend a school reunion— and another three week+ trip for two family reunions, a visit to a dear high school friend and visits to my daughter and two brothers. I smile and shake my head when I think of my travels—it’s like visiting hell to visit Southern Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee during the hot, humid summer. Still, that’s where I needed to go, and I loved every minute of it. And it seems that life gives us what we need. Everywhere I went, I found wonderfully affectionate dogs. It’s almost as if all dogs have some sort of agreement about how their people will be taken care of once they are no longer able to do it themselves!
I’ve been knitting but not as much as usual, given all the moving to and fro. I did finally finish the special socks for a very special friend. More about that will be revealed near the end of
the month. And I knocked out a few lightweight wraps out of Noro Sekku—one for my daughter and one probably for me. The color range is so wide—one of these will go with everything–and I made it in my all time favorite relaxing pattern, Evelyn Clark’s “Manzanita Lace Shawl. Three balls made two larger shawls with no ruffle on the second one. Knitting patterns like this are so healing.
I finally finished the socks for a very special person—but more about that later in the month. I knit them in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, denim colorway, in one of my new patterns in the revised and expanded edition of my book, Knit Socks! that is now available. I’m very happy with the this new edition. There are eight new patterns–although initially it seemed like it would be a simple update. Much of the introductory explanatory material has been revised, in particular to include information about knitting on two circular needles, one long circular needle (i.e., the “magic loop”), as well as the original information for the traditional 4 or 5 double point needles. The book is now in paperback and costs less the its predecessor—$12.95 for essentially 22 patterns! Check it out at your local yarn shop, book store or on-line at your favorite bookseller.
So much to catch up on. The final item is that I’m right now packing to accompany my daughter on a book tour of Germany and The Netherlands. Her nonfiction bestseller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” reads like a suspense novel and has very broad appeal. Right now it is #6 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list! And after the tour, I’m headed to Orlando, Florida to deliver the very special socks mentioned above. But more about that later.
You’ll hear from me sooner rather than later. I’ve missed you!