My friend Carole invited me to take part in her idea for Thankful Thursdays- each Thursday in November, I'll blog three things I'm thankful for, and you're welcome to take part as well by either posting three things you are thankful for in the comments below, or link to your own blog where you detail three things you are thankful for. And these three things don't need to be profound- they can be superficial or selfish, as long as it gets us thinking about all the things we have to be grateful for, big and small.
First, I'm thankful for knitting. It's such a release for me- it helps me center my thoughts, de-stress from my day, and it makes me feel as though I'm selfishly doing something for myself in a time of my life when I rarely concentrate on what I want, instead putting others before me. It's a way I can show love for my friends and family- by gifting them fibery proof of several hours (and sometimes tens of hours) spent thinking of them with each stitch I knit. Not to mention that without knitting, I wouldn't have an income to help support my family while staying home with my son. I am truly, truly thankful for knitting.
Second, I'm thankful for the color red. Just looking at red gives me a boost of energy. The perfect red can make me stop and sigh. It can elevate a canvas of fiber, drywall or lips from a ho-hum display to a breathtaking view. The perfect red can make your day, while a red that's to bright or too orange can make you wrinkle your nose in a what-were-they-thinking?! way.
Third, I'm thankful that you are a kind group of readers. I put a lot out there for criticism- pictures of my family, imperfect knitting projects, insecurities about parenting, and you are kind and helpful at every turn. No one here has ever been mean and there's rarely any judgment passed- and if there is, you are good at keeping it to yourself. I've never read a comment or an e-mail that said that I'm a messy knitter/have poor taste in living room paint/should give my son up to monkeys to raise/should answer questions in the comments more often.
What three things are you thankful for this week?
*Pictured is one of my finished American Beauty mitts using the Lepidoptera Mitt pattern. No, that's not my hand modeling it. I neither have a wrist that dainty or a diamond that stunning! But I wish I did! THAT would be something to be thankful for, eh?