Is it Christmas? Now, I’m just asking because all of a sudden, out of no where, I am gift knitting…a lot. Granted, my Dad’s socks are belated beyond all shame. They were supposed to be his birthday gift and another pair for Father’s day (all within a week of each other). I finally got the yarn for those and cast on the first pair Tuesday night. This is a pattern of my own design, which I will be posting here, for your knitting enjoyment, at the end of the month. They are cotton dress socks for all the gentlemen in your life. I kitchenered the first one off last night at Stitch ‘n Bitch (yes, I went, more on that later). These are knit on two circs and with your choice of either Esprit by Elann or Cascade Fixation.
A close up of the stitch design. Very GQ. Dad will love them. My Dad is a minister and I love to think of him wearing his hand knit dress socks behind the pulpit.
I mentioned that my co-worker is expecting twins, well his wife is anyway. Also they are fraternal twins, a boy and a girl. Could you ask for more fun babies to knit for? So I dove into the stash for some peaches ‘n cream. I have finished two bibs, one pink and one blue, and I’m currently working on burp clothes for them.
So I was knitting along like a woman possessed Tuesday night, switching back and forth between socks and bibs, when I noticed that my index finger on my right hand was a bit touchy. I stopped knitting and looked down in amazement. I had knit so much that my finger tip had popped open? It looked like a little seem had ripped open on my finger. Now what? Do I stop knitting until it heals? Is this a sign that perhaps I should cool it for a while? Do I press on making it longer and worse? Nope, I did what any good knitter with a deadline would do. I crazy glued my finger back together and kept on going.
Last night I went to the other local knitting group I found, a Stitch ‘n Bitch. I had a great time. They are a group of younger folks (most my age) that meet once or twice a month at the local Starbucks. We had a great time, I will definitely be going back. All skill levels were equally represented and they are a bit more animated/liberal than the other Thursday night group. I love them both and will be attending both.
It’s funny though, yet again, I find myself stuck in that weird gap with folks my own age. Funny how a teen pregnancy kind of separates you from your peers. All of my friends are and have been, at the very least, ten years older than I am. I always thought by now that I would be on the same page with people my age. Nope. I see a lot of myself in these young couples, only, ten years ago. Newly married, setting up a household for the first time, planning out your career and how you want your life to go. The things that are important and exciting to you then. I like this group as it lets me live vicariously through them, that part that I missed. My ex-husband and I went from newlyweds to parents in a matter of months. We never got to experience that whole married-without-kids phase. Even now, as I am a newlywed once more (ok, ok, it’s been a year, we still act like newlyweds) it’s different. We have a wonderful, smart, and beautiful young lady with us. We were instantly a family when I got remarried. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. I watched and listened last night with a secret knowing smile. I could see how much their lives will change over the next few years. What a blessed time they are in now, and what blessed times will come when they start having children. This group is good for me. They give me a chance to reflect on how far I have come and they also give me the chance to step back, even for just one evening a month, and be a normal 28 year old newlywed.
And here she is, my sweet darling girl, who has changed my life for the good, forever. She is a preteen. I just realized that the other day. I nearly had to pick myself up off the floor. How did we get here? Wasn’t she 3 yesterday? And now she’s 11 and going into middle school. I’m terrified. If I have learned anything over these past 11 years it is God’s goodness and how important our trust and faith in Him is.