The other night, while finishing the body of my Lonely Tree Shawl, I had a golden opportunity to sit with my 19-year old son and simply talk. He's home from college on a study break, and our conversation naturally flowed from light chit-chat at dinner to a more profound talk about career paths, relationships, and what it means to be a young adult in the 21st century. I know, heavy stuff but oh so good. He's my first and so I often feel like I'm learning how to be a good parent on him ... okay, maybe I should say with him .... and conversations like this one reminds me that I'm doing a good job. I don't typically write about such personal stuff, but I'm still feeling and thinking a lot about our talk so it feels natural to let it all continue to flow over here.
He's an artist, and I'd like to think of myself as someone who has a creative spirit and approach to life. He would agree and is always incredibly positive and encouraging about my love of fiber, textiles, and yes, even my humble knitting.
Speaking of humble knitting, sometimes I get the urge to cast on something small and this lovely hat pattern jumped onto my needles over the weekend. Like the Lonely Tree Shawl, I'm knitting this beanie in LB Collection Superwash Merino. I love knitting hats (talk about instant gratification) but I'm personally not a hat wearer myself. As a knitter, it doesn't matter much as I'm really a process and not a product knitter. Yeah, you should see the stash of finished goodies I have in my closet all waiting to be given away!