Knitting

Tiny Moment Tuesday.

Thanks to my driver Deena, I was back with my Monday afternoon knitting group yesterday after a five-week absence. Karen even baked healthy brownies to celebrate (note the green-topped tupperware)! The projects have progressed a lot since then:

  • Karen had just started the baby blanket (pink and white mosaic on the right) and now she’s on the last repeat;
  • my Natsu (bottom center) is almost to 300 stitches (six weeks ago I was still stalking the pattern test thread on Ravelry and waiting for its release);
  • Deena has started a new baby blanket (purple and white mosaic on the left);
  • Kathy (out of the frame) showed off two finished shawls and shared plans to start another one (that felted bowl way at the back with a mink-colored ball of kidsilk haze peeking out holds the yarn that is inspiring it);
  • Pat (barely visible at the other end of the table – wearing a long green cardigan) had just started that sweater and now she has one more pocket to sew on and it’s done;
  • and Sarah (next to Karen – an arm and a black dress) is mid-way through clue 4 of the TTL MKAL (after deciding mid-way through clue 3 that she needed to start over!)

but otherwise, it felt like I’d just seen everyone last Monday.

I’ve let go a lot these last five weeks. and some things have been much harder than others. Sitting around that table yesterday afternoon, and capturing this one tiny moment, felt like getting back a bit of my old self.

It was wonderful.

11 Comments

  • Kat

    I am so glad you could get out and get together with your knitting group! And, go you on that knit! Will we see your finished M-shawl soon?

  • Carole

    This post makes my heart overflow with thankfulness that you had this time with your knitting friends. I love that you shared everyone’s progress with us and I’m so glad you were able to get back this piece of your life and routine.

  • Kym

    So glad you were able to join in with your knitting pals again! There’s nothing quite as “healing” as spending time with Your People. (Plus . . . brownies!) XO

  • Margene

    Everyone’s knitting has changed so much from the last time you were there, but time with them must have felt as if you had never been away. Time with your friends must have been so healing, rewarding, and felt cozy, organic and true. Does that make sense? My heart is full for you, Mary.

  • HonoreΒ΄

    So glad you were able to join and reconnect with your friends…I know exactly how you feel. Being with both my stitching groups – the weekly Thurs and the monthly Sundays – are highlights, especially when there are gaps in between.
    Being with friends is very special and spirit lifting (including here in this blog space.)
    Have a great day!
    Cheers~

  • Debbie

    Hooray for getting out with your friends! Time spent with friends is so healing and uplifting, especially after you’ve been away for a time. Wishing you well!

  • Diane

    So, leave it to me to ask: exactly what is a “healthy brownie??” If it truly is, I MUST have that recipe! I love hearing about progress people have made on their projects! Good for all of them! I feel for Sarah who had to rip back the mystery shawl. UGH! Still wondering about Deena’s Terrace Wrap! πŸ˜‰

    • KarenB

      Hi Diane:

      Here’s my recipe. I’m one of those weird plant-based eaters so there is one not-so-mainstream ingredient.

      Black Bean Brownie Bites
      β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
      Decadent Desserts
      Cook 20 min βˆ™ Makes 12 brownies βˆ™ Difficulty Easy βˆ™ Source KarenB

      INGREDIENTS
      1-3/4 c black beans, drain & rinse
      1/3 c oatmeal
      1/2 c cocoa powder
      1/4 c cashew butter
      1/4 c applesauce, unsweetened
      1/2 c succanat
      1/4 c Agave
      2 t vanilla
      1/4 t espresso powder
      1/2 t salt
      1 t baking soda
      1 T white vinegar

      Optional:
      chocolate chips
      nuts

      DIRECTIONS
      1. In a food processor, process oatmeal until coarsely powdered.
      2. Combine all ingredients, except baking soda and white vinegar. Process about 2 minutes or until fully blended.
      3. Add baking soda and white vinegar on opposite sides of the bowl and minimally process until mixed.
      4. Pour into muffin tin (~1/4 cup each) and add chocolate chips or nuts on top.
      5. Bake for 20 minutes or until done at 350F.
      6. Rest in pan for 10-15 minutes before removing. NOTES

      NOTES
      Succanat is dried sugar cane juice (“sugar cane natural”) which is not as sweet as regular sugar. It also adds a different taste most similar to brown sugar.
      I use Hershey’s cocoa powder