It's Year of Projects today. There's this nifty Ravelry Group where a bunch of knitbloggers get together and share their knitting goals and progress every week. I've enjoyed making new friends and having some accountability in my knitting.

I'm knitting the multnomah shawl because it's the perfect balance of thoughtless yet interesting knitting. I don't have to figure anything out, but the 4 rows of feather and fan pattern provide enough variety to keep me entertained.

I'm still ignoring the Dahlia Cardigan, disgusted that I forgot the seed stitch edge on the Upper Right Back portion. It might be a while before I try that again.

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I want to thank all of these Year of Projects bloggers for all of their comments last week. It's been a thrill discovering your blogs and adding them to my feedreader. I look forward to getting to know you all better over the next year. Secondly, I've been reading through my blog and what I've written over the past year and I've found that my most successful blog posts are the ones where I dig deep, trying to find ways to make a personal connection with my readers. Usually this means that I've shared something personal. I'm going to try doing more of that in the coming months. Lucky for me my family has some big changes coming soon that perhaps you might be able to relate to.

We've made the decision to move in with my mother in law next year.

I know that sounds crazy. For some of you that might sound like your worst nightmare. Lucky for me I don't just like my mother in law, I love my mother in law.

We're going to be doing what's called a multi-generational house-hold. This is not a new concept. This is how people used to live before Americans got all individuality obsessed and put an emphasis on living away from the family home. My dad's family all lived in the same home for seventy-nine years with three generations under one roof. I grew up with a close relationship with that side of the family even though we didn't live in the house most of the time, but I still grew up with a strong sense of family and tradition. I'm thrilled that my own children will benefit from that closeness and the structure that an extended family can provide.

My mother in law also grew up in an extended family, growing up with her parents and grandparents and she loves that she'll be able to extend that tradition to her own grandchildren. It helps that she is an amazing creative force to be reckoned with -a fully realized individual who has been a preschool teacher for the last ten years. I know we will all benefit from her wisdom. After all she did produce my husband and I'm rather fond of him.

We'll be living in the home where my husband spent his teenage years. Lots of changes need to be made before we move in next year -new carpet installed, walls repainted, stuff sold or put into storage. We also have to make emotional adjustments. It's a big transition and I'll admit that I'm nervous. We're adding another full-time family member to our household and we'll have to include their considerations and needs as part of our own. When you're used to living on your own terms it can be challenging to let go of that freedom. Suddenly you are required to allow yourself to be vulnerable with another person besides your husband. My mother in law will be privy to my weaknesses, my temper, my lack of patience, my occasional compulsiveness and irresponsibility. I respect her a whole lot so the idea of this seems embarrassing. While I've worked for years with my husband to understand him and create an equality based environment I'm going to have to learn how to extend those same attitudes to his mom. This is a good thing. We'll have some growing up to do.

Now if I can just get to the part where we've already done all that hard work and we're just enjoying our new home I'll be a lot happier. Lots of months of organizing, selling stuff and cleaning before we get there. Did I mention that I'm nervous?

On to the knitting:

  • Christmas Socks #1 (99% done)
  • Christmas Socks #2 (5% done)
  • Christmas Socks #3
  • Christmas Socks #4
  • Multnomah Shawl (25% done)
  • Older Boy Cardigan
  • Younger Boy Cardigan
  • That Knitted Cuff Thing
  • Pepperberry Knits Hat
  • Mitered Block Blanket (95% done)
  • Dahlia Cardigan (8% done)

Done!

Shakespeare Cardigan (100% done)

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