Greetings and Dear Cynthia,
Well, I didn't get very much sewing done yesterday, Tuesday, "sewing day". I did get a tiered skirt started, and it is all cut out now and partially sewn together, but to get a truer picture of the final product in all of its gathered glory, we'll have to wait until after sewing day next week. I'm not sure I like the fabrics I chose, but then again, I think I was analyzing it too much yesterday. Next time, I'm going to just pull random fabrics out of the stash and see what I end up with.....well, maybe that's a little bit too willy-nilly for me, so maybe not.....
I continue to work on the hood for my nephew's sweater. The hood is probably about 2/3 of its finished length, but I don't mind too much that it is so mindless.
I've been thinking a little bit about the shootings at Virginia Tech. While I was working out this morning at the gym, I watched the profile of the young gentleman who was shot in the dorm, Ryan Clark. He had a grade point average of 4.0, and was majoring in English, Psychology, and Biology of some sort (though some of the reports about this varied -- regardless, he was a remarkable student). He also spent two weeks each summer for the past eight years working with mentally challenged kids. Even with all of these accomplishments, what really struck me were the great things everybody who knew him were saying about him, and especially that he had a great big smile. I decided that I would try to improve my own world as a result of the publicity this man received under such excruciating circumstances.....and so, I'm going to try to smile more. It probably sounds ridiculous, but if it helps me to be more patient with my kids and friends, or if there is the potential for me to help a store clerk feel her day is a little bit better because somebody smiled at her, then that's what I'll think about when the reports about Virginia Tech continue in the coming days.... I'll let you know if I have any earth-shaking results.....but I don't think I have anything to lose by trying to smile more.....
Anyway, it's a bit gloomy outside today, and colder than it was yesterday, and I think my mood is reflecting that. Fortunately, I think a little bit of knitting now and perhaps a good night sleep tonight will make a difference. I hope this finds you well and, of course, knitting!