While I haven't been blogging
much at all lately. I do peak at Ravelry every now and then. I was stunned to learn this evening that Gigi Silva of Socktopia fame passed away recently.
Of course I didn't know her personally, but I did exchange a few emails with her last year when I started learning to knit socks and I joined Socktopia. You'll recall that I knit her Bellatrix pattern last summer, ugly ole things that I love so much.
She was a prolific sock pattern designer, and late last year it looked as if she was going to make a go of starting a pattern design business. Imagine suffering from a terrible illness and still having the hope to start a new venture.
We should all have such strength and sense of purpose.
Many thanks to all of you who have checked in with me over the past couple of months. Me and B, Nigel and Guy are all fine. Nigel, who had eye surgery a few weeks ago, may not agree, but I assure you he's all better and you can't even see the scar.
I've been dragging a lot trying to manage my freelance jobs (all with deadlines that are hitting at the same time in spite of my best efforts to prioritize better) and yoga teaching schedule. Shortly after we returned to Alexandria last September, the studio owner asked if I would manage workshop and event scheduling. I like doing this kind of thing, but it sucks up a lot of time. More than I thought.
It's funny. I was practically a shut-in while living in Holland. I had little to do, no friends, and I couldn't even watch much TV. You all got me through it, and you don't even know me! So, I feel very touched by Gigi Silva's death. She was also part of my global support network of strangers who gave me a reason to get out of bed everyday for those eight long months that I waited to come home.
Thank you, Gigi for your beautiful and challenging sock patterns. Thank you all for being with me over the past year.
I promise I will post more knitting content soon.