Unwinding and Thanking

The book tour, she is over. And what a delight to wrap it up at Unwind with Cecily!

Gathering at Unwind

I've thought and thought, but I can't remember this lovely woman's name. She was really jacked up about crochet, and her enthusiasm was totally contagious. I caught her just after she put on Kristin Omdahl's Mesmerize Sweater from the book, so the sweater is twisted a bit, but doesn't it look amazing on her?

Mesmerize Sweater from Crochet Me

Sharon came, with some of her amazing, adorable amigurumi in tow. It had been a long time since I'd geeked out over such crochet cuteness.

Ninja cat!

That's my aunt, walking in the background. It's always a sweet addition to see far-off family when I'm on the road.

Speaking of being on the road, I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm so happy to be home without having a foot out the door. What a fun tour! I loved hanging out in amazing LYSes and meeting so many talented and passionate crocheters. But I did miss my friends and te Mr, and having a normal life. So now that I've been home for five whole days, I'm happy to report I'm sleeping like a baby, I'm catching up on laundry and house chores, I baked cookies last night just for kicks, and I can't wait until tomorrow night.

If you're a long-time reader of this blog, you might recall that the Mr and I host our friends for a massive US Thanksgiving feast every year. As I'm getting back into the routine (oh, lovely, lovely routine) of being home, I can't think of a better way to catch up with those I like to think of as the family we chose than this, my favourite holiday tradition.

This has been an eventful year for me, for my family, and for my friends. There has been an awful lot of loss, illness, hardship and pain. So much that I've been looking forward to the end of this brutal year since about July. Now that it's approaching, it's impossible not also to consider that there have been happy events, too. Births, weddings, new jobs and exciting ventures. Even though the negative overwhelmingly overshadows the positive, through it all I am so grateful for my family and friends. To say we supported each other would be an understatement. Many times, we literally held each other up.

So today, as I prepare to bake pie for 28 people I love, as I follow the Mr around the kitchen cleaning up, as I ponder where to place the gourds and garlands around our house, I am overwhelmed with thanks.

If you're celebrating today, enjoy it. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life!

I'll sign off with a photo of a swatch I've been working on, these days when orange is the colour of the season.

Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, 5.5m hook

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