Time is the longest distance between two places. — Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
This quote perfectly describes how the passage of time feels right now. Monday seems like it was eons ago and today does not feel like Friday at all. And topping off the already chaotic week…life changed dramatically last night here in PA. All businesses that are not “life-critical” are now closed…for.the.indefinite.future. Which means Steve is suddenly not working anymore… PLUS My son is calling me multiple times a day to have me talk him down from the ledge, and my heart is breaking that there are so many miles between us because all I want to do is gather him up in my arms like I did when he was little and hold him close. Hard times, so.hard.
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Great finds –
This week there were many!
First, NPR now has a very short new podcast: Coronavirus Daily. I love that I can get an update that is straightforward, no hype, no bs… just a simple update.
Want to learn to sew? (because you now have the time to learn, amirite??) Here you go… seven free and very well-done lessons! This will get you from wanting to doing!
I have a friend who recently started her “Magnum Opus” project – a Russian lace shawl with something like 60 pages of charts… Yeah, my thoughts exactly! However, I did come across this beauty, which I think could be classified in that Magnum Opus category!
Remember last week when I told you about Hinterm Stein’s KAL? Well, she released a sweater this week that is DIVINE!! (and it is on sale right now!!)
Added Inspiration –
April 7th a new #100DayProject begins and I have re-assembled my “stitching basket” and will be stitching a bit each day. This time it is a more ‘planned out’ project. I know what I want it to look like…so my inspiration is to take that thought and make it a reality on my fabric!
Last night Mary hosted our first “Long Distance Knitting Group” on Zoom. I was concerned that I would have trouble staying awake…HA! The truth is, I had trouble going to sleep afterwards! Want in on this riotous group? We are planning to meet again this coming Sunday afternoon… watch Mary’s blog for details. We talked, we laughed, we knit… and the joy overflowed! I can tell you that this was the BEST thing I did for my sanity all week… thank you all!
That is all I have for this week… my “forced” forsythias have been a ray of sunshine in this week! (Their outside compatriots are just starting to bloom – so soon, sunshine inside and out!) Have a great weekend, stay well, wash your hands, and keep flattening that curve!
That sweater is really gorgeous! And maybe that sewing machine I have upstairs does need a little break from the closet! Last night was SO FUN. And as you said…absolutely the best thing I did all week as well. I didn’t know how much I needed it. Have a nice weekend Kat…I may see you Sunday!
Thanks for the heads upon the next meet up. Off to check out your links
I cannot wait to see what you will be stitching, your last stitch project was beautiful. I’ll have to see what time on Sunday for a zoom, I definitely cannot do evening…I am tired and asleep most of the time. (the effects of getting up at 5 am). Stay safe!!!
I’m sending your son (and you!) calming thoughts; my heart goes out to him. I kind of wish he and Ryan could be together as their situations are much the same. Last night was wonderful! I can imagine continuing a virtual knit night even after we’re back to normal (whatever and whenever that may be). I’m not sure I’ll be able to meet on Sunday, but I will certainly try!
It’s so hard to have kids so far away — and ESPECIALLY now. Thank goodness we can be close with our phones. Not nearly as good or as comforting as holding them in our arms, but as good as we get right now. Sending the good juju! XO
Thanks for the link to the sewing tutorials — that’s right up my alley!
Last night was such fun and I also had trouble settling (though to be honest, I don’t know if that was due to the group or just general anxiety of the moment). But I’m certainly looking forward to our next virtual meet-up!
Thank goodness we have cell phones that you and your son can be in touch. I look forward to meeting you on Sunday I want very much to make that work.
It is very hard not to be with our FULL family right now. But thank God for technology. Love your sewing basket and the idea of a new project. I’m ready to see what you are doing!
My kids live right down the street and I still can’t see them so I feel you on that one. I even sort of miss my coworkers! Thanks for spreading some sunshine this Friday! I may try and join the video knit group on Sunday afternoon.
Such hard times, and scary for our kids on the economic side. All we can do is support emotionally and financially when possible. My husband and I came up with a plan to ensure none of our children loose their homes, and we talk daily, some kids several times a day.
I love the idea of a ZOOM knitting group, can’t wait for Sunday. Am already exhausted with bad news and tired of streaming movies, I’m on to audio books.
Keep safe, stay strong!
Indeed very difficult times for us all-my Andrew is not close, and I worry about him being by himself. He is in a fortunate position right now, but we know that could change suddenly. Thank you for sharing your finds.
Sigh… I’m so glad Thursday night was a success and look forward to a larger gathering tomorrow. Burdens are heavy right now and it’s a comfort to share with each other. also to knit. Thank you for the links! (also, did you see this free beauty on Instagram? https://www.instagram.com/p/B9_YKzmp8st/)
I am anxious to see how the stitching project progresses. It is a very unsettling time for all. I am sorry for the miles between you and your son. FaceTime is a godsend.
I’ve been completely out of the loop and am so far behind… hoping for future Zoom meet-ups!!
Your stitching basket looks lovely!