I am home. I have so many things to share with you my friends. So many experiences and joys and lessons learned. Laughs and tears and rekindled enthusiasm. I have begun this post several times, deciding finally to “just write” or things will never begin…
Returning home. A mixed bag of emotions is behind those two words that seem so unassuming when typed on this screen. I missed my family dearly and struggled against the joy of being returned to them and saying goodbye to new and old friends from my trip. I was able to see a dear sweet friend, her husband and 3 kids at the start of the trip. She does not knit. We love each other in a way that transcends that huge schism (hahahah…and if you are reading this Kari, I will get you to knit…). One of her daughters crochets. We chatted and laughed and talked at the same time and linked arms as we walked, returning to that moment in time where we last saw each other and picked right up and it was so amazingly wonderful that my eyes are tearing in joyful tears. Isn’t it fun to pick right up where you were last together and having fun? It is a delightful gift we are given to have a common bond to share with a friend. We returned to “Kari and Melissa” and it was fun. What was even better…I visited a YARN SHOPPE with her and the kids! Like a good friend does for a knitting crazed pal, at breakfast my dear Kari googled “yarn shoppes” and there were several in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “There are a few…” she said somewhat amazed. I told her to surprise me and pick one. She did. And it knocked my socks off!
Please keep in mind how
- A) I haven’t been to a yarn shoppe on the mainland in a looong time
- B) I am a bit excitable and
- C) This yarn shoppe was PERFECT!
Kari kept saying I was like a kid in the candy store. I was in this store with some people I loved. And even though they don’t knit they were incredulous at the beauty seen in the colours and fibers everywhere! Also, they want to knit now. Nothing could have been more perfect!
As one who has not had real life knitting community in some time it was amazingly simple to return to it. I chatted with everyone I saw (“Aloha! REALLY!? This is your yarn shoppe you come to four times a week?? Aloha! What are you knitting?… Aloha! Did you knit that shawl?…Aloha! Can you please my jaw off the floor as I am a bit overwhelmed?”)
Everyone at The Yarn Store At Nob Hill was friendly and filled with aloha. (They are on Facebook with even better pictures!) There were several people there taking classes and shopping and just visiting together. My friends and I had a blast.
There are so many more things about the trip I want to share…and I will! I can’t wait. You all were sorely missed. I tweeted and Instagramed* a bit, but you all I know understand how much there is to pack in a short amount of time when visiting those loved ones you never get to see anymore. I look forward later this week to popping on the Rav boards and catching up on my To-Do List for SHK. I will return to all that soon. Right now I am returning to Mom Mel and Wife Mel and Teacher Mel mode (let us not forget Unpacker Mel and Laundry Mel modes…and I dream of Knitter Mel…I just need to unpack her!)
Enjoy the pics! I will be blogging a lot this week in order to catch up and share, but also to give info out on activities we have going on at SHK.
Tell me how YOU are! We need to catch up!
*if you are on Twitter or Instagram you will find me as MSkiKnits!