November is a whirlwind of activity. It started off with the opportunity last weekend to drive across the state and meet our newest granddaughter, just 5 weeks old. Her Mom and Dad are still in the first year of a rapidly expanding new business, so meeting their schedule and ours has been a challenge. Friday was her big brother’s 10th birthday and we could not get there for that, but arrived after picking up the grands that live with us and delivering them to their parents where they work, just at quitting time as it was in route and allowed us to get on the road about 2 hours earlier than if we waited for them to get home. It was a relatively easy drive for the first half, then just about dark, a huge accident happened on the interstate a mile or two ahead of us and we just sat in the dark unable to get off the interstate for about an hour and 20 minutes. That put us at our hotel at midnight. We did get a great full day with our son and his family on Saturday and I got lots of grandkids snuggles and plenty of baby love.
She is a beautiful, good baby and very tolerant of being passed around, fortunately. Sunday we drove back across the state to resume duties with the grands at home and for me to leave Monday and drive north up the state, to spend the remainder of the week helping out with the eldest grandson, the 11 year old.
The car trip across the state allowed me to finish the Christmas Stocking. I actually finished it early last week, but was very unhappy with the size, so I ripped it back to the end of the pattern chart and reknit the foot part closer to the chart and with a reduced heel and toe to make it a more reasonable size. It needs to be steam blocked, lined and the personal tag stitched and sewn in. I was also able to cast on the yoke of the Fair Isle sweater that I am knitting for myself from my handspun, hand dyed yarn. The yoke is about 2/3 done and soon I will just be knitting in the main natural white yarn until I get to the bottom and want to add a bit of the color above the ribbing and at the sleeve cuffs.
Today being election day in the most horrific campaign I remember in my adult life, I am fortunately in a house with no television, with son and daughter in law at work, and since I voted absentee ballot weeks ago due to being 4 1/2 hours from my polling place, I can totally avoid the constant bombardment of the news media today. The woodstove was lit this morning when the house was cold, and other than a quick trip to the grocery with grandson and a lunch out, I am staying in to knit and spin. The outcome will be what it may and I can’t change it by watching. I will find out the result when it is over.
Now back to my wheel, needles, or book with a cup of tea. Try to have a peaceful day.