April 28, 2007


Lots of stuff going on in the world and in my life, so in no particular order, here it is:

Thanks to all of you who wished me well on the passing of my sweet boy, King. We are all doing better. We still miss him a lot, and we will, but it helps so much to be able to speak out about it here. Thanks again.

Virginia Tech. I don't even know what I can say. I live in Charlottesville, VA, home to UVA, longstanding rival of Tech. When I graduated from high school about 30% of my graduating class went to Tech, and another 25% to UVA. As I've worked in C'ville over the years I've employed countless kids who have gone off to Tech. Virginia Tech is my extended home, even though I've never attended classes or lived there. This tragedy hit so close to home. It's not even just that though, all around me the world is falling apart. Last week in my supposedly quiet hometown there have been a string of robberies. The latest one took place at a local restaurant where the owner, a woman, was robbed. Her husband tried to intervene to help her and when he did, he was beaten to death with a baseball bat. This senseless violence is horrible. I can't even wrap my head around it. I feel like I need to do something, but what can I do? I put together some ribbons for my co-workers to wear on National Maroon and Orange Day (last friday, in case you missed it). It's small, but it's something.

Random thing number two: Maryland Sheep and Wool....who's going? My wool buddy bailed on me last minute and I'm not sure I really want to go by myself. Is anyone else going that wants to be my replacement wool buddy? I had a really good time last year but I don't really know too many people that knit with the same obsession that I do. I'd hate to miss it, but it's such a long drive to make to go alone.

Random thing number three: Knitting. I have been doing some. It's been good therapy with all the crap going on. I caught miter madness from Cara. My first square has been all about the blue tone-on-tone stripes. I had originally started this project to be a baby blanket for a friend that's due in June, but I think I've changed my mind. I was knitting the first miter the night King died, and it's what I've worked on these past few weeks as I've sat at home missing him. I think it will be my new security blanket, so to speak. I will knit miters until I don't need to anymore, and when I'm done it will be my tribute to him, in an obscure way.

I feel kind of strange, mourning for a dog this way. I feel like people were sensitive at first, but now may be thinking, get over it, he's a dog! I hope that's not how people are looking at it, but if it is they just don't understand. That dog was an everyday part of my life for the past several years. He went to bed with me every night. He was always there when I came home. There is a very distinctive hole in my life now that I need to fill. I am filling it with miters.


Krista said...

Yes it is interesting to live in Cville when most of the year all you hear is Tech-bashing, and now this happens. I hope it changes things around here for the better. I always hated the rivalry.

Miters are addictive. I am in the middle of sewing mine up. Knitting is very theraputic. Keep it up.

Diane said...

Your miters look great!

Sorry to hear about your beloved doggy. :-( It is always so hard to lose a pet. I hope it gets easier over time.

I am going to MSWF again this year. Probably my last time for a few years. If you decide to go, let me know and I'll look for you--or at least try to--it is always so crowded. I'm going with a few members of my knitting group.

Rachele said...

Hello, there! I just wanted to know if you'd join my Copy Cara Mitered Square Afghan KAL. It's over at http://copycara.blogspot.com. We're all excited to be copying Cara, because her graceful way of completing all those squares was so admirable. Hope to hear from you!

sock fairy said...

I'm just checking out you and your blog cause I'm your sock fairy :) I actually understand the greafing for the dog, I lost my hamster on last Christmas and they dont actually live as long as dogs and I still miss him a lot!

Anyway, I'll be following now on your blog since this is all new one for me and I'm really excited to knit something for you! :)

Rachele said...

I got your post - let me have your email address so that I can invite you to be a member!