I am not sure where to start. I don’t have a detailed update for you this week, but I hope to dive into those again starting in September. I was in Lithuania for most of July and home again in August, resting, working, visiting with family, resisting, and trying to keep up with the chaos in our government here in the USA. I’ve had some wonderful experiences this summer at our Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat, on the Lithuanian Knitting Tour, visiting family, knitting my Welcome Blanket, and enjoying the lovely weather that we’re having. But it’s also been a hard summer with calling and faxing my feps, going to a healthcare protest, trying to work on two new ebooks, and getting cleaned up and organized from the shop and studio remodeling that Dom is doing. I’ve had a very hard time concentrating on work, but it’s time to ramp up for the fall and make some money to pay the bills.

As hard as it can be to keep going with our normal lives, we must. Our lives, our friends and family, our work, our hobbies, our vacations — all of these are the good things in life that are worth fighting for. Those of us who are privileged and lucky enough to have good lives need to keep fighting so that minorities and oppressed groups can also enjoy the good life with us. There’s plenty to go around!

Here’s something that fell by the wayside for me this year. Last year, I was so excited when we got this special yarn made. Perhaps you remember my initial excitement and announcements and then wondered what happened to the yarn.

I kept looking for a great time to launch it. Then it was the election. Then the inauguration. Then the Muslim ban. Then marching for immigrants rights. Then…then…then…Then marching for affordable healthcare. Then the threat of nuclear attack. Then seeing Nazis marching in Virginia.

I have to readjust my business to operate in the wake of all this chaos because it is probably going to get even worse before it gets better. We must resist but we must also keep ourselves healthy in mind and body. And we have to keep going with all the goodness of our lives and work and family and friends and hobbies, because that is the good in the world that’s worth fighting for. 

Anyway, I never got my yarn officially launched, but here it is: 100% made in Vermont from sheep to skein. And it’s available now in fingering and worsted weight in all it’s Vermonty-goodness.

Each purchase comes with a free ebook about dyeing with natural dyes and kool aid… so you can work the white-as-snow natural color or create your own favorite shade or rainbow.

Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know.
It’s all wrong
By rights we shouldn’t even be here.
But we are.
It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.
The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were,
and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy.
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something.
Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.
I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t.
Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.