Those of you who come here often know that this is not a political blog. I rarely write about current events, for many reasons, not the least being that I feel way too uneducated to find the right words. However, I am a mother, and this is to a large extent a Mom Blog.
So, how to explain atrocity to children, who (bless their sheltered lives) don’t know what pain is? Yesterday morning, a sentence I never would have hoped to hear from any of my children – „Mom, we have war“ – kick-started an ongoing conversation that incorporated history, geopolitical considerations, the East and the West, the Cold War and the NATO … They need to learn about this stuff, and my husband is a very good honorary history teacher.
Nobody seems to be quite certain at what Russia’s end game might be, though, and it’s not only my daughter who keeps asking the century old classic question of the pacifist: „Why?“
Right now, my heart goes out to the people who have chosen to run already, because they seem to feel, regardless of the outcome, life as they knew it is ruined :-/.
Our own lives are, simply because of the random luck of living where we do, unaffected otherwise. My daughter has a school play coming up, my son’s internship is going great, my husband is prepping a shoot, and I, thanks for asking, got the crochet book job. It’s a great book, and I’m having a wonderful time with it, after having gotten my head back in the game.
In my spare time, I’ve been working on my Red Sweater, and if all goes well, I’ll be able to finish it next week. Here’s the sweater journey so far.
Sometime in October, I saw this post on IG. Loved the huge ribbed cuffs that were actually half the sweater, and instantly wanted to try that!
During my 10 days off, when I finally had time, I bought red yarn, and got started.
At first, I thought I wanted raglan sleeves, like so:
Then I realized what I actually wanted was a boxy crew-neck sweater, and sat down to draw it.
So, unraveling the top halves of front and back, and redoing them it was. Here’s where I am now:
I’ve been binging The Vampire Diaries all through this process. Not sure why I love the show so much. It’s basically a teenage show, and I’m a middle-aged lady whose high school days are long over. I did have an intense Anne Rice phase in my twenties, though, so the genre is familiar enough. Did you know she passed away last December? May she rest in peace – she was famous for sexy, atmospheric gore, and I have great admiration for anyone who can pull off writing light fiction in style. Anyway, I’m hooked on the fates of The Vampire Diaries bunch now, humans, vampires, werewolves, witches and ghosts, and that has made my sweater progress a swift one.
There, and now I’m smiling again. Evidently, a little knitting and TV talk has managed to pull me out of the dark place a little. Thank you for dropping by and taking an interest.