The first thing I discovered was mindfulness. I was given the opportunity to step back and take a hard look at what was really important. I looked at each of my commitments and their importance in my life in 2020. Without the pause, I would not have been mindful about my commitments. I would have continued life as it had been for a very long time. My benchmark to safety is “I am ready to eat in a restaurant?” If the answer is “no” then I am not ready to reengage.
Another unanticipated blessing was reclaiming Mom’s bedroom from its “yarn dump” status. It has been a yarn dump since January 2018 when we had our last sleep over guest. All yarn purchased since January 2018 was dumped there.
In the midst of reclaiming Mom’s bedroom and organizing the Stash Studio, I became reacquainted with my Stash AND began letting go. I gave yarn away to yarn buddies and to Ann’s By Design to sell. I was amazed there wasn’t a pain in my heart as I sent the skeins, balls and cakes to new homes. I just knew somebody received the gorgeous orbs who would love them as much as I had. Some of the yarn I’d had for over 30 years. It was all bagged, tubbed and labeled. There was much I will never use but I love it too much to get rid of it. Remember, I am not only a knitter, I am a yarn collector.
I have discovered Skyping and Zooming for social knitting. One of my social knitting groups is called Social Knitting From Afar and is with Linda. Every Thursday night for an hour we have a Linda and Jan KAL and visit. We tried this once when she first moved but we each worked on what we were currently knitting. Now we have treasures we’re working on together. Remember S Curve from last post?
On Friday afternoons at 2:00 Debbie Hale a knitter at Ann’s By Design hosts a Zoom knitting. The knitting is a blessing but developing a friendship with Debbie is an unanticipated blessing. It has been amazing to become friends knitting and sitting alone in my dining room. I love Deb. She is upbeat, helpful and a knitter. What more could I ask for in a friend!?!?! Thank you Deb or this wonderful gift.