Thanks Giving - Delaware River 11-01-20 01 Center Bridge Stockton Bridge with mist 02

Thanks Giving

In the United States, November is the time for Thanksgiving. Also for thanks giving. Today I take some time for gratitude.

Giving Thanks For Many Things

Gratitude seems to put my life into perspective. It right-sizes problems that have been exaggerated. It also helps me to give equal amounts of focus on the aspects of my life I worry about and those for which I am truly grateful.

Life

Kind of a general thing for which to be grateful. I know. But recently my sister-in-law’s dad died and we attended a virtual memorial for him last night. He had an exceptional life and left behind a legacy to be proud of. Especially his kids and grandkids. His passing made me think about my own mortality. And the life I often take for granted. Also made me pleased to think of the legacy I will leave behind.

Surroundings

Thaddeus and I often often express our gratitude for the area where we live. It is truly beautiful. I was meant to live near water. It brings me an enormous amount of serenity and peace. The Delaware River satisfies that need. Our frequent bicycle outings provide ample access to deep, calming waters.

Delaware River Lumberville Pedestrian Bridge 11-01-20 12

Family

Both my family of origin and my chosen family bring me great joy. While I may not express it often publicly, I am incredibly grateful for the love, support and comfort of my family. This also includes my furry family. Finn (and previously Nico, Gage and Chaps) are all important to me.

Annually, we celebrate Gage Day (December 7th). There is a beautiful preserved land that overlooks the Delaware River where we have buried our three cats. We hike up to this this beautiful place each year to remember the joy that brought to our lives.

Chaps 1992 around Gage Eyes Nico 1 01-09-10 Finn the Cat Looking Up

What are the three things about which you are most grateful?

Current Knitting

With an upcoming visit to a large, wooded area, I thought Thaddeus and I would need bright apparel. So as not to get shot by hunters.

Neon Yellow Hunting Cap 11-25-20 01

So I pulled out the highlighter-yellow yarn and will knit up a couple of these simple caps.

Neon Yellow Hunting Cap 11-25-20 02

I also decided that maybe I was having a streak of success with the circular sock knitting machine. So I FINALLY might be able to finish the second sock of a pair I started months ago.

Here is the last part of cranking a sock. It is the part where I have finished the toe and doing a few rows of waste yarn to cast-off the sock.

Both the first and second socks have a couple of mistakes.  But they’re all mistakes that can be easily corrected during the finishing.

CSM Sock 11-25-20 01

When they first come off the machine, they always look a little weird. But once I’ve grafted the toes, woven in the ends and blocked them, they will be dandy.

What are you working on?

6 comments on “Thanks Giving

  1. Hi Joe, I thought I remember you mentioning Bucks County in a previous blog. Is this Bucks County PA? We used to live in Northern Virginia and visited Bucks County on our way to Maine one year. John previously had visited it before we met when he was antiquing with friends. The couple of days we visited we lucked out and were able to see Karen Akers in cabaret at Chez Odette in New Hope.

    1. Yes, Bucks County, PA. Known for it’s artistic community (Bucks County School of Impressionists) and a large gay population.
      We truly love it here (for over 30 years now).

  2. Joe, I have notice you do not run the top. Do you have that other part to do that. I am impressed by the machine. But is it worth the price. For socks?

    1. When you say “run the top”, do you mean the ribber plate?

      https://queerjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Gearhart-CSM-12-20-18-02-with-ribber-768×687.jpg

      That center-top section is the ribber plate which allows you to make purl stitches, while the cylinder needles make knit stitches (thus making rib!).

      I do use the ribber plate when I make the cuffs fo the socks, but by the time I’m casting off at the toe, I’m only making knit stitches, so I remove the ribber plate.

    1. No…I’m making it up as I go along. It’s worsted weight yarn, US6 (4 mm) for 1×1 ribbing (for about 20 rounds) and then just knit plain for about 34 more rounds and then reduce every other round by about 10 sts evenly until 30 sts remain and then reduce every row until there are enough stitches to close the hole at the top.

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