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Thursday, April 4, 2013


...I know. that title is a bit harsh. certainly not the one I envisioned, making my way back into this space after a two-week long absence. and for no really good reason(s) except I wasn't motivated to find the time to share anything here.
knitting and that delicious asparagus guacamole

I will say it took me a week to figure that out and then a few more days to picture myself as someone without a blog...and a few more days to decide I liked the version of me that "has a blog". and that version of me planned a grand come-back. pretty photos of the asparagus guacamole I made for last saturday's knitting party. insightful thoughts from the mother-of-the-bride as she sits in on the first wedding dress fitting. more insightful thoughts from the blogger in residence at my LYS about our next knit along. successful thoughts about joining a running group (yep, my one little action from march. done)... and still. I couldn't find the time - and really, I do think it's 99% motivation - to post.

Then yesterday and today I started to get more enthusiastic. I've got more time (Marc and his buddies left this afternoon for a golfing weekend) and energy - had my 4th run yesterday with my new "group" and I am loving the company and the encouragement a group provides! and I bound off the stitches on my second Color Affection shawl. maybe I could slide in with a cool "FO Friday" post and just let the past two weeks disappear...

the broken threads....
But when I blocked the shawl, the unthinkable happened. it broke. yep, I pulled the edge stitches so hard they snapped. ungraceful.

and all I could think about was sharing that with y'all...and asking for help. I know the problem can't be fixed. but I think it can be repaired. My plan is to whip stitch a matching color thread along the edge to catch the yarn and hold the broken ends tight. Any other ideas? they're welcome!

As are any other thoughts you'd care to share... I've missed y'all. and I'm ready to be part of this online world (again)!

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Blogger Kristen Rettig said...

That's the thing about the Color Affection, we want to block the heck out of it. I think your solution will be okiedokie!

Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger Mary said...

Thanks, Kristen - I dreamed about it last night - got a clear picture in my head about how to do I just need to wait a bit longer for it to fully dry. I think it'll help that it's silk. a strong fiber to begin with...

Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger Kym said...

I think that's the best quick-and-easy solution, Mary. (I mean. . . ripping out is always an option. Albeit, not a tempting one.)

I'm glad you've "come back" to your blog. Sometimes, inspiration just wanes. Then it's best to just step back for a time and see what happens. Personally, I'd miss your voice and adventures if you chose to roll up the blog forever. But, like in all things, ya gotta do what ya gotta do!


Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger Carole said...

Oh that's just awful! I had it happen to me once and I balled up the whole mess and threw it away. Yup. Horrifying, I know, but I felt better. I think your solution sounds like it will work and it's certainly better than the way I handled it.

Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger margene said...

Your solution should work perfectly. It's always a disappointment to break a knitted edge, but an easily repairable one. My blog voice took a vacation, too. I've tried "ungraceful" success to put together pictures and words, but never did find a way. Maybe your come back will inspire me to pull it together, too! Welcome back!

Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger Debbie said...

Welcome back! I enjoy reading your blog and you have inspired me to be more optimistic and creative in my life.
I think your idea to repair your shawl is the best and better than ripping it out!

Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger Honoré said...

Oh! Sorry about your shawl... I have faith it will get 'fixed' and no one will ever know. And I know exactly how you were feeling and thinking and all I can say is I'm delighted you decided to "return " to this blogging space! Sometimes we all just need to pause and breathe...


Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger Beverly said...

Welcome back; I've missed seeing you on Twitter but thought we might simply be on different schedules. I'm sorry about the shawl, but I'm guessing your solution will work! Your knitting party table is festive!

Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my--I sure there was a collective intake of breath for those of us reading that the stitches broke! Your solution sounds good and should work.

Glad to see you back.


Friday, 05 April, 2013  
Blogger Mary said...

thanks so much Melody - and fortunately now I know there's a happy ending.... I feel lucky that this break could be easily repaired.

Saturday, 06 April, 2013  

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