Sorry for the radio silence but the word around here lately is BUSY. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Rather than bore you with the mundane, I’ll try and not bore you with some of the good stuff.
This past Saturday marked my Grandfather’s 90th birthday. Yep, that’s a nine in front of that zero! My aunts organized a party for him out on Long Island that was supposed to be a surprise, but when he started getting nervous about the plans that they told him to cover up, they decided it was better to tell him what was really going on. My parents, HWJF and I and all my cousins and their children and spouses came in for the occasion along with many other friends and relatives. About 50 people filled the space to celebrate. I think my Grandfather was a bit overwhelmed at times but ended up happy in the end.
I can’t help but think how blessed we are to have had him this long. And what amazing things he has seen come to pass in his lifetime. He served in WWII, saw a man walk on the moon, saw the Berlin Wall come down, the invention of the internet… So many things. One of my favorite stories of his is that he remembers as a child in Brooklyn that you knew when the milk was going to be delivered because you could hear the horses hooves on the cobblestone as the wagon approached! Hard to imagine in these times.
When I had some time to talk to him during the party he mentioned how he remembered saying at his 80th birthday party, “So what are you going to do when I turn 90?”. We all said we’d think of something. And then he asked “So what are you going to do when I turn 100?!” I assured him we’d think of something for that day too.
Saturday also marked 365 days until another big day. Grandpa’s 91st birthday AND our wedding (yes we plan to have two cakes ). We decided to take a drive up to our wedding site to have a look around on Sunday to see what it might be like a year from now.
If the weather is nearly that gorgeous we would both be very happy.
In knitting news I had to make a difficult decision a couple of weekends ago. With my yoga teacher training in full swing and it and various other things cutting in to the knitting time, it quickly became evident that Sirdal was not going to be completed in time to wear at Rhinebeck.
I had gotten to the point that you see here and realized that in only a couple of weeks I would have to complete the knitting of the body and sleeves, find someone to machine sew the steeks for me, cut the steeks, sew in the sleeves, knit the button band and do all the finishing. And the only possible day I could have someone sew the steeks would be Oct. 12, just a few days before Rhinebeck. Since I’m hoping this will be an heirloom quality sweater when it’s complete it just didn’t seem right to rush it. So I’ve put it on the back burner for now.
But never fear, I simply couldn’t bear the thought of not having a new sweater for Rhinebeck wear.
Enter the ever popular February Lady Sweater. I’ve had plans to knit this for a while and I’ve noticed the people have been able to knit it fairly quickly, so I dove in head first. No swatch. No thinking. Just knit. Of course I didn’t end up getting gauge and had to throw out all the numbers in the pattern and make up my own. Still, I think it’s going to work. The body is almost done now. And with 10 days to go until Rhinebeck, that’s a good thing!
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