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Where Did Quiet Time Go?

This weekend all I wanted was a small space of quiet time so I could mangle the heel of the sock I’m knitting. But I didn’t get it. The quiet time, I mean. I did mangle the heel. Life is such a compromise at times.

Instead the weekend was filled with heavy moving and lifting of antique armoires, bureaus and putting the finishing touches on one of two houses I own that I rent out. Of the two I have, both were built by my great-grandfather in the late 1800s. The one I was working on this weekend is the one dearest to my heart as it has always been inhabited by family. It will be the one I move back into when the time comes. I find it very hard to rent it out, but I must.

The good news is the mastectomy side of me held up very well through all the lifting and moving. The left arm pulled its weight and I never once felt a twinge. I worried that I might have a lymphedema build up, but that never occurred either. This is the first time since the mastectomy that I have used the arm for really heavy work. I am delighted with the results. I have a small, but heavy table in the attic that I have wanted to restore since before the mastectomy. I think I can now drag it down and do it. I miss working with wood and furniture.

On the knitting front, The Skipper’s Socks are looking superb. They look just as I envisioned them. The heel turn came out very well after the initial mangling. Pictures will be shown soon. I worked the heel in short rows with a different way of wrapping the stitches so the heel would look nice and smooth. I didn’t want the wraps to show because that would ruin the dominant visual vertical line I want. After the heel was turned I knit a round to prevent holes at the gussets from forming. Then I worked the heel flap. The Skipper is very hard on his socks, so he always gets a heel flap. I am now knitting the leg with its 16 teeny twisted and crossed stitches. Yarn Rascal never misses the chance to jump on my lap and attack the knitting just as I am working on the teeny twisted and crossed areas. When those kind of stitches are dropped it’s difficult to catch them and slip them back on the needle. But what does Yarn Rascal care? He’s off and running with the ball of wool in his mouth. Quiet, calm knitting it’s not.

No, for me to have quiet time I would need to lock myself away where there are no phones (that could be almost anywhere for my cell phone, it never works right), no people, and no Yarn Rascal. Then I could spend my time worrying about what trouble Yarn Rascal, The Skipper and The Parents are getting into while trying to calmly knit. No, even locking myself away from them won’t do. I think quiet time is a state of mind and not a place. And that I can work on.

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