Expand and Contract

This is my new Cascade 220 Sport for The Oa.

A friend and I were talking and she mentioned expansion scares her. Change is challenging for her. Not me, I love change, but lately I’ve been feeling a similar way. I expanded a lot in 2018. But now I’m feeling anxious and like it’s time to shrink back into myself. No more clubs, goals, or new things! Just knit on what you got, girl!

I signed up for FibreShare and it’s really fun, but it’s hard (for me) to know when to stop. I’m new at this, and when I hear what others are doing I think I’m not doing enough! Anyway, I have to ship international priority, and there’s a limit to what I can squeeze into that Tyvec mailer!

Are you a Valentine’s Day celebrator? Here’s a quiz for you, either way. I’ll go first.

1. Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with your parents when you were a kid? If so, how did you celebrate?

My mom usually had some kind of Valentine’s Day treat for us when we were kids: candy, cookies, or cupcakes. One year she bought me a little doll I wanted with a pink dress. It was when I was almost too old for dolls, but not quite.

2. Did you give and receive Valentines at your school when you were a kid? If so, what is your happiest memory of it?

We decorated our own mailboxes at my school, and I remember one year I papered mine with aluminum foil. I thought it was really nifty. I also think I gave KISS Valentines one year, and of course I thought that was super cool.

3. What was your favorite Valentine’s Day treat when you were a kid? What about now?

When I was a kid I remember liking those cherry flavored, heart shaped suckers. Now I love chocolate cherry cupcakes and red wine.

4. Do you craft for Valentine’s Day? If so, what do you make?

No. Not anymore. Although I thought about knitting a red scarf this year with that lovely yarn from Karen.

5. Do you have a bad Valentine’s Day memory you would like to share?

I have two but I don’t wish to share them.

6. Do you have any special plans this Valentine’s Day?

No, I will be traveling for work. But I will get some candy for the kids.

I look forward to reading your answers! Please leave them in the comments or a link to your blog if you respond there. ❤️

10 thoughts on “Expand and Contract

  1. I’m not a big holiday celebrator. As a kid my parents did give me candy for Valentines Day. We did swap Valentines in school. I remember one year we did woven hearts to hold our Valentines.
    I might get my kids some candy but that will be all for us.

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  2. I know the feeling of being at capacity and wanting to slow down with the new stuff. However, did you see that AC Knitwear is doing a Boost Your Knitting year of techniques thing? I signed up. Maybe see you there? Although I maybe shouldn’t have after Kate Davies club.
    As to holidays, I love Valentine’s day! We don’t do much for it – DH says our anniversary is our romantic holiday, which is true. However, I think it’s fun! We used to celebrate Valentine’s day when we were kids – usually we made cookies or something. We always did the card exchange at school, which was fun.

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  3. Gorgeous coloured yarns. I don’t even know what steeking is..so sounds complicated! Valentines isn’t something I celebrate too much, my husband will buy me some tulips (my favourite flower) but will be playing football with his mates in the evening…his Thursday night ritual. When I was an au pair in Michigan when I was 19 I got Valentines galore off the family members, including from the grandfather…so I definitely think it’s bigger in the US.

    I have a nice memory though…when I was 17 and working in a pub/restaurant someone had left a Valentine card on my car window….so I kept wondering which of the barmen or kitchen staff had left it, turned out it was just my nutty friend Elaine having some fun. I still have it and still remember laughing so much when she told me. We are still great friends now and she always makes me smile.

    I had kept every Valentines card I’d ever received, but in my massive decluttering last year I got rid on most of them. But Elaine’s makes me giggle…It takes me back so clearly to standing with her in the restaurant kitchen, wearing our nasty brown uniforms, giggling away.

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    1. Steeking is when you cut your knitting to make an opening, after you sew lines on either side of where you are going to cut. It probably seems scarier than it is, but I’m glad I’ll finally get to learn how to do it!

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