The funeral is Tuesday. Between Lis and I, I think all of Val's friends have been notified. I made the calls she couldn't bring herself to make. So...if you knew Val and you get a weird message on your answering machine that sounds like a sheep bleating, "V-v-a-a-a-a-l-l-l's d-d-ea-ea-ea-ea-d-d...", it was me. It was the best I could do. My voice has never shook (shaken?) so much in my entire life.
Thank you for your kind comments and emails. They mean so much to me. I am still trying to make sense of how someone so healthy and fit can just drop dead at age 51. I am still trying to make sense of why Lisa, who has endured more terrible losses than anyone I have ever known in my life, has to endure even one more. She is extremely fragile, both physically and emotionally, and I am very afraid for her.
My knitting has been scattershot over the last few days. A new clue came out for Evenstar, and I've worked on it a little bit. I've plugged away a little on Luna Moth, but not enough to get a complete color change. I've been quite the restless knitter, but I have picked up one new technique:
Yes, thanks to Dee who told me she taught herself to knit socks on a road trip (or something like that), I decided to take my mind off of my grief by learning a few techniques for toe-up socks! I grabbed some of this yarn that I've had lying around for a few years now (bought it the first time I thought I'd learn to knit socks:
I tried this a few years ago, and it was a hissyfit on needles, so I've always thought I'd need to take a class to learn how to knit socks. I still may find out that would help, but I think I did really well on my first toe!
This might be a nice sock for Romeo. I think it would fit him (not that he would actually touch his toes to a patterned sock but...). However, I wanted a pair of socks for me...and I really don't care a lot for this colorway - it was in the clearance bin and was going to be my "learning" yarn, not my "wearing" yarn.
I just happened to have some Knit Picks Stroll kettle dyed sock yarn and a pattern, so I grabbed my #2 dpns and put my newfound sock knitting skills to the test. My first toe turned out like this (please ignore Romeo's feet):
Oh! I also wanted to show off my new case for circs and dpns! I bought this nifty suede covered file case at Barnes Noble several years ago and never did anything with it. It sat sadly in the basement and, every time I cleared out stuff to donate to charity, it would go into a box...then at the last minute be rescued and put back in the basement. The green case clearly had a purpose.
I spent a good half hour at Office Max last week researching tabs, and I found the perfect set. Voila!!!
And it is officially spring here in Ohio, so you know what that means...
I hope to get some serious knitting done tomorrow (maybe a little blogging, too). Thanks for reading, commenting, and being part of my tying together the holes (both literal and figurative) of my life.