Friday, June 29, 2018

And Yet Life Goes On

I am still reeling from the mass shooting at my former workplace, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Last night, I dreamed about a shooting happening at my school.

How did I manage to choose two professions that are low paid and attract mass murderers? Don't take career advice from me!

But life does indeed go on, and that is a good thing. It is 96 degrees here, with a heat index of 117! We actually ran our stand-alone air conditioner for a while. It works, but it is incredibly noisy!

I can walk in the mornings, but it's good weather for sitting under a fan and knitting. I pulled out these mother-daughter mittens that I started in 2007!
And I finished them! 

The pattern is from the book Kristin Knits by Kristin Nicholas. The yarn is her Julia yarn, which hasn't been made for years. That is a shame because it is a beautiful yarn and a pleasure to work with.
The lesson I have learned from this project is to never embroider mittens. It is really, really hard to start and end threads in a narrow tube shape!

Now they go into the gift box until an appopriate mother-daughter pair needs a gift.

17 comments:

  1. Life does go on, but in many ways it's a shame that it does. If we all had to stop and treat a shooting as the extraordinarily horrendous event that it is, maybe we could do something about it instead of just offer thoughts and prayers. I hate to be pessimistic, but if people weren't willing to pass gun control laws and give up their guns after so many innocent children were killed at Sandy Hook Elem. School, I'm not sure I can see gun control ever happening.

    I have no segue for this, but your mittens are indeed beautiful, especially with the embroidery.

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  2. Those are lovely gloves, I hope they give you some peace today. I know how you feel--I teach at a school of journalism and comm and worry about our young graduates.

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  3. I echo Bonny's sentiments... how many have to die before we can take action... and yes, take guns!?!

    Those mittens are lovely... so lovely.

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  4. Another senseless tragedy that will be filled with thoughts and prayers from our government but no real action, so it will happen again and again and again.

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  5. Love those mittens and your added embroidery touches. Kind of ironic that you worked on them on such a hot day; your air conditioning must really work! I agree with all of the other posts regarding the travesty in MD, when oh when will Congress finally act?

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  6. Those came out great. Someone will be lucky to receive them. I had to take a break today from the news. I just couldn't listen to people rehash it all....and I agree, if nothing was done after Sandy Hook, I doubt it ever will happen...On a happier note...I've been to Kristen Nichols farm a couple of times...she is so open and gracious....and her house is just a riot of color! She painted "wallpaper" on her walls...it's just amazing....and the company she worked for for so long is also closing, Classic ELite Yarns...

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  7. Oooh, I ❤️ the mittens, especially the embroidered flowers.

    Until Congress stands up to lobbyists nothing is going to change, and they won't change until the American people pressure them to do so.

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  8. Beautiful mittens! That is so wonderful that you finished them after all this time. They will make an outstanding gift.

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  9. I'm so sorry about your feelings of stress from the shooting-it got rather personal, didn't it!?!
    These mittens are incredible! What a great set and will make a mom/daughter duo very happy! (don't you wonder why we sometimes quit so close to the finish line?)

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  10. Very cute mittens! It is so hot here right now so hard to imagine putting those on, but that weather will come back soon enough. It is horrible all these shootings and so sad that they happen at schools especially.

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  11. Lovely mitts. And knitting is a good way to soothe the soul.

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  12. At the march in DC yesterday I met a woman from Annapolis who was friends with one of the victims. She was in shock too. She moved to MD to get away from that sort of thing. I guess its a fact of life everywhere you go anymore.
    LOVE those mittens!

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  13. lovely mittens and I will never embroider mittens because you said it was hard to do. I'm sorry that the news has been tragic and has hit you personally. These are tough times.

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  14. I'm so sorry about the shootings. THey are ALL just horrible. Im sorry you had nightmares too.
    The mittens, well you're trouble means good advice for me. I saw them and immediately thought, oh how cute. I'll do that. Now you can be sure i wont!! Lol

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  15. Those mittens are wonderful -- and I hope you found some joy in working with those fun colors and such a cheerful design. Sometimes - when our hearts are breaking - we can find hope in small joys. XO
    (I love Kristen Nicholas' designs. So full of whimsy and joy -- and color, color, color! You're right about that Julia yarn. Such a pleasure to knit with.)

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  16. Hoping you found some peace with your knitting. The tragedies continue to come...and it seems at a more frequent rate...senseless, scary, frustrating. There HAS to be an end to this.

    On a positive note, your mittens are just so pretty. I've never done any of Kristen Nicholas' designs/patterns, but I do enjoy her website/blog. The pair will make a lovely gift.

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  17. Enough with the tragedies. I can only imagine how this one feels for you. It's all horrible.

    Your mittens on the other hand are beautiful. Embroidering them sounds intimidating but your two pairs turned out so fantastic!

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