It’s been a rough couple of days here. On Friday, I had to make the tough decision to put our 12-year-old calico girl, Miri, to sleep. The vet discovered lymphoma that had developed and spread very quickly, and she had crashed hard. Treatment was highly unlikely to help and more likely to hurt, and just letting her go would have meant death from dehydration since she wouldn’t drink. I couldn’t do that to her, so although Steve was asleep on the other side of the world, I had to make the call. The kids and I were there with her to say goodbye.
Saturday was stressful as well, although it was a much happier stress – Lexie was having her first large birthday party with friends. Until this year, a big party didn’t make much sense because she wasn’t in school and didn’t really have any friends outside our neighbors, but this year she had classmates in both school and gymnastics. So I had 19 kids at a local indoor play arena. Lots of other parents were there too, but I always stress about these types of gatherings, and normally I have Steve there to keep me on an even keel. Fortunately, the party was a rousing success.
(I had to cheat with that picture – that’s from the family gathering the weekend before…I remembered all the important stuff for the party, and forgot a camera.)
So today, what I needed most was to relax. I’ve got grading to do for designs, and I’m on a fair isle kick right now. In fact, I woke up last night with a design idea. And it’s going to be really cute. I’ve also gotten several skeins I’ve ordered recently for designing, and my hands are itching to get swatching.
But mentally, I wasn’t up to it. I wanted something simple, something comforting. So I picked up some crochet.
I have a young cousin who’s expecting, and ever since I heard the news I’ve been working on a set of bibs and cloths. I’ve got a sizable stash of Peaches and Creme from right before the mill was sold and have been waiting for some babies to use it on. One of the colorways I had was Gumdrop, and since we didn’t have a gender yet, it seemed like the perfect fun colorway to work with, especially since I had all the perfect coordinating solids.
So I sat down and started flipping through all the washcloth patterns I’ve saved on Ravelry and picked out the Simple Stripes Dishcloth. Then I grabbed the purple solid and some Gumdrop and started working my crochet hook.
A couple rows in, I knew it was working. I could feel my muscles relaxing and my breathing slowing. Tomorrow, I’ll get back at the designing. But today, I’m just going to crochet.