...or something like that!
You may perhaps have noticed that it's been a little bit quiet round here of late. I'm trying to keep to at least one post a week, so that you don't forget who I am, but it's hard just now. The thing is, that there's really only one thing I want to write about. And I can't.
I want to stand on the rooftops and tell the world about the amazing changes that are going to happen to our lives over the next couple of months. But although I can tell you some general things, I can't share any details at all. And it's actually quite hard to write without sharing those details. I know that if I were reading this blog, I would want to know, and it would be strange not to know. And I suppose that I feel a little bit awkward about that.
So in amongst the cryptic bits and bobs that you may read between the lines, there are a few snippets that I can tell. Firstly, our adoption panel approval was ratified. Hurrah! We then immediately had a call with information, and since then we've been on the most unbelievably emotional, world-view-changing, tiring, and most of all EXCITING journey. We now have a date booked for another panel - this time to approve the match between us and the children. If all goes to plan, once that recommendation is ratified, we will meet them and get to know them over a period of a couple of weeks (known as introductions), and then they will move in with us. It really won't be long now.
I can't tell you how much I would love to share more, but the nature of this is that it's just not possible. We won't be able to talk about our children in any identifiable way online. And for us, that includes even the more controlled online settings, where you have some say over who can see your information. It's going to take some getting used to, as it seems strange to talk about anything else at the moment! I hope that you'll bear with me as I find a new way to talk here.
So, what have I been knitting in amongst all this?
I've worked almost entirely monogamously on my Thorn shawl. I really can't thank Bristol Ivy enough for this pattern at the moment! It has been the PERFECT foil to life. The pattern is broken down into sections, and each section is broken down into sub-sections. There is something ever so satisfying about just working another row or two, in order to finish a section. The knitting itself isn't complex, but it has a great rhythm. I've finished main sections A & B, so now there's just C plus the edging to go. Maybe I need to apply the Thorn approach to preparations over the next couple of months - breaking each task down into sections and sub-sections would probably make it seem less overwhelming. Knitting always has something to teach us, doesn't it?
If you're in Farnham on Saturday (23rd February 2013), both Veuf Tricot and I will be at Unravel, and would love to say hello! Jim may even be sporting his Ready Mitts and the Steady Hat, which is just off the needles. It's our last chance for a big catch-up with the wonderful knitting world, and I can't wait!