Monday, February 8, 2010

I am alive!

I have not visited the Hereafter or have been seriously ill. Just busy knitting and not blocking the shawls I have finished. The old back still has problems, but I am not willing to give up lace knitting yet. On top of it all, it's February, the month I'd rather forget.

For those who know my saga, February 5 is the anniversary of my car accident and Valentine's Day is the august occasion when I was held hostage by a crazed (professional term: psychotic as in mentally ill) sex offender. On top of it all my mother died in early March. So, the nights have been eventful, to say the least.

I have narrowly (at least in my dreams) missed being run over by a train engine. I hurled myself out of it's way in my dream, but physically I woke up hurling myself right out of bed. It's an interesting sensation waking up while "flying" through the air. A good excuse to find all the sweets in the house and gorging myself. The next night, I witnessed a semi truck with a trailer plowing through a crowd of youngsters on a bridge. Another night of eating goodies.

Through all of this my mother, in a younger version is part of the general background. I presume this makes me younger too. Particularly since she seems to have the same hairdo as she had in the mid 1940s, suggesting that WWII is rearing its ugly head as well. Which would make sense in that the war ended in May and the final push of the allies would have been going strong by then. Oh, and lest I forget, there are two sisters roaming through my active nightlife. Both of them having been diagnosed with cancer within days of each other. Is your head spinning yet? Mine is, for sure. I have no idea who these two women are; they are just cluttering up the scenery.

So I am calling all Jungians to make sense of such nonsensical goings on.

In the meantime I have treated myself to two cones of lace weight yarn from Sarah's Yarn out of NYC. Sarah had a 35% off sale. A girl can't resist such things, particularly with as active a nightlife as I have had lately. It's beautiful and oh so thin.

On the knitting front, I have a youth sweater on the needles for afghansforAfghans and am participating in Bad Cats KAL of her Snow Queen shawl. Albeit, I have renamed it to "Snow Queen who had a bit too much of the grape" since I am using Knit Picks Shadow lace yarn in grape color. It's a Pi Shawl with an Estonian nupp pattern. This is the first design of hers I am knitting, and I must say I am impressed. The attention to details is phenomenal.

The only thing left to say is "I have not lost my sense of humor" and "knit on merrily."


  1. Your shawl is going to be gorgeous! Please show a pic when you get it done and blocked.

  2. Your Grape Queen looks great!
    Your February looks a lot like my January. Isn't lace knitting a great help to keep one's mind occupied?

  3. Sometimes you can tell your dreams a thing or two right during the dream, perhaps "oh, you are up to your old tricks" might change the thrust, or "I see you, you can't fool me", so "off with you now". Worth a try if you want to wake up rested and the same size you were before all this started. Good luck. MargoK

  4. Hallo Renate,

    ich hoffe, Sie bringen den Februar trotz aller Widrigkeiten gut hinter sich!

    Ihr Lace-Schal sieht schon fantastisch aus - würden Sie mir verraten, wo man die Anleitung dazu bekommen kann?

    Liebe Grüße aus dem tief verschneiten Oberbayern, Andrea Baron