I have a lot of patience. I am also very persistent. I think of all my characteristics, they are probably the most helpful and have been behind almost all of my successes in daily life. From earning a college degree to be trusted at work to marriage to knitting to spinning to parenthood, patience and persistence lead the way toward constant improvement. Unfortunately because they are so ingrained in who I am, as is often the case, I find they are kind of hard for me to teach.
The past week has brought this to the forefront of my mind as we work on a few challenges in this department with our beautiful daughter. Bright, intelligent, and a quick study, patience is not necessarily something that comes easily to her unless it is something that greatly interests her. As we all know, when you are 9 years-old and in elementary school, there is always something that just does not and this week we hit a wall with math. With zero patience, persistence was all but absent and sadly even my well of patience ran dry. They say that with homeschooling you’ll have good days and bad and this one, I won’t lie, was not our best.
Suffice to say, my thoughts have not been here or with my knitting or spinning beyond going through the motions while my mind was elsewhere. It’s one of the wonderful aspects of these crafts and part of why I appreciate having them in my life because I spend an awful lot of time reflecting and that only increases with things go a bit awry. I am beyond thankful to have Mr Knitting Sarah as my partner because when I get stuck, he can always see a way through. I’m also thankful that our impasse was reached on Friday so we could talk it through, but then had the weekend to regroup.
We spent most of Saturday on a very well-timed and much needed visit to our good friend’s house. And Sunday, with Mr KS at home, we hit a favorite local trail…
And I absent-mindedly spun.
I finished the first 4oz bobbin of this colorway and this is the start of the 2nd 4oz. I had meant to be very particular and spin this just so, but in light of the timing, I am spinning for comfort and kind of just melting into it. Sometimes you just need a spin like that.
And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t channel my stress into cleaning. Remember the small truckload of baking goods we ordered last week?
With the whole family doing more to take part in the cooking and baking, I realized that as I was adding ingredients it might make sense to label things to make it easier for everyone to use what we have. In the interest of full disclosure, on our trip to Missouri I noticed my mother-in-law has her things labelled clearly as does my friend we visited over the weekend, so I had no shortage of inspiration. The labels are nothing fancy, just made with the free template I found on Microsoft Word on my computer and taped on with packing tape I had on-hand. A number of the containers could be sized better to fit the packages, but they are what I had and I’m on a budget. The little quarter cup overage of bulgar I just tucked into a little snack baggie and set it on top of the jar. The extra pecans, I just sealed and set with the extra grains. It’ll work. First on agenda, I will whip up a batch of granola and then I’m going to try a new oatmeal chocolate chip recipe. It’ll be a day or so before I can get there, but I am very much looking forward to it.
Somewhere in there, I got a box of inspiration from Three Waters Farm…
I also have made serious progress on my socks…
In fact, I should be binding off momentarily — just one decrease round to go. And then voilá! They’ll be done. The only thing remotely equal to melting into a spin, is knitting a vanilla sock. This week is living proof of that, I think. As an aside, at the recommendation of a spinning friend, I got one of these Tom Bihn Travel Trays. They sell a lot of travel bags as well as actual knitting accessories, all made in the USA since 1972. It has proven a fantastic knitting bag! I love that it’s a little more structured that most knitting bags — it’s especially handy when traveling, of course, as everything stays put very nicely with the robust sides, but it’s also just a darn nice take-everywhere little bag. The sides actually fold up and have a drawstring close. And it’s the perfect size for a sock project. The only recommendation I have is that if you have super pointy needles, like my Signatures in the picture, I would use a needle cozy. As with any bag the needles will poke through this ripstop nylon if you apply enough force and really, needle cozies are not expensive, so they are worth it to keep your bag in top notch condition.
Of course, we’re a couple days into the week now and I’m happy to share that so far the week is going much better than the last ended. We’ve all grown, learned a lot, and are making forward progress. Patiently, persistently, we will get there, of that I don’t doubt. I will just keep my knitting and spinning nearby and take it one deep breath and baby step at a time.