The Little Things

June 5, 2019

The little things in life are so often the big things. I’ve been reminding myself of this over the past nine or ten months as I spend hours every day with Mom. It’s not rocket science nor is it a new insight. It’s just good to pause in the moment and realize.

Untangling a poorly wound ball of yarn, bit by bit, over an hour or so wasn’t even frustrating because I knew that the knots were preventing Mom from knitting. I just had to talk her off the edge after I snipped a long length, so she could continue as I untangled. It didn’t make sense to her, but she carried on.

For a few weeks, both Michael and Kevin are back home, a situation that presents loads of little moments of joy and the occasional boost of late-night anxiety. By this time next week, Michael will be off to his camp counselor job until late August. He’s juggling seeing friends before he leaves and spending time with family. Lucky for us, he’s a good juggler.

I’ve started the second Patons self-striping sock, using a variation of the Yarn Harlot’s basic top-down sock recipe: 3K, 1P over 64 stitches, 8 inch leg, Eye of Patridge heel flap.

Self-striping yarn always makes me feel clever. It looks so much more complex than it is. The Biscotte stripes are lovely, too. As usual, I love the subtle detail of an Eye of Partridge heel.

Of course, few people will see the “speckles” of a sock heel. I mean, it’s mostly hidden in one’s shoe and, even if one’s not wearing shoes, the heel is a good five feet or more away from the viewer.

But it’s the little things that matter.

8 Responses to “The Little Things”

  1. Melissa Says:

    I’m knitting a cardigan for my granddaughter that is worked in just one piece, then sleeves added. I got far enough along to realize I wanted it to be bigger (and I have enough yarn to enlarge it) so I recently sat outside with the birds chirping, on a sunny day, under a tree, and deconstructed it. I’ll start over. Working with fiber can be very pleasing.

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  2. It’s never fun to untangle tangles, but I’m sure it made a big difference to your Mom :) So nice to have your boys home with you all! I love self-striping yarn too – such nifty results for minimal effort :)

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  3. deemallon Says:

    I can just picture you there talking and untangling while your mother kept knitting. Often the small things are love. Pure and simple.

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  4. tinaor Says:

    Frustrating to untangle a tangle but oh so satisfying when it’s done! Have fun with family and speckles

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