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Knitting for the Soul

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Getting my life back

So much has happened since I wrote last. My husband and I have separated and I've moved to a new home. It has been a sad, painful, frustrating and sometimes scary year leading up to my departure, but some great things have come out of it as well. First and foremost, I LOVE my new home. Of course I have a lot of work to do, remodeling and decorating, but the sense of freedom and peace that I feel here is amazing. Then there's my new puppy, Gracie, she's a beautiful chow/collie/shepherd mix.

My book has been published and initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Please be sure to check it out at Grace Bay Books.

I've been waiting until I'm settled in my new home (and my new home office!) to start a full-blown marketing campaign, but I'm very close. Grace Bay Publishing should be up and running by next week.


The Soulful Knitting Ministry is up and running at my church. We're planning our "coming out" party for Sat 12/11, when we're sponsoring what I hope will be the first annual Soulful Knitting Ministry Knit-In. It should be a lot of fun. I'll keep you posted!

I haven't had time to knit much lately, with all that's been going on with the separation and move. I really miss the quiet time to relax and reflect. I have started on my belated wedding gift to my soon-to-be-ex-husband's neice and her husband. I'm making the Colinette afghan. They got married in August and if I'm lucky, they'll have it by Christmas. If I'd listened to my own instincts, it would have been done in time for the wedding. I made the mistake of telling my husband that I wanted to make it for them on the day I found out they were engaged a year ago. I let him convince me that it wasn't a "practical" gift for a young newlywed couple. He insisted that we get them something from their bridal registry that they really wanted and needed. Deep down inside I knew that they'd appreciate a handmade gift, especially one that obviously required a lot of time and effort (not to mention $$$) to make especially for them. So, it wasn't until just before the wedding, when I knew that my marriage was soon to be over, that I decided to go with my own instincts, like I should have done in the beginning, and knit the afghan for them.

Now I have to get a new digital camera so that I can take a picture of it to post here since I lost visitation rights to my husband's wonderful digital camera! :)

3 Comments:

  • Hi Patricia! Happy Thanksgiving! Big congrats on the book! When you get the camera, please post photos of your new puppy. She sounds adorable!

    By Blogger Kate, at 2:13 PM  

  • Bravo! The book looks amazing. You must be so pleased and proud. I am sorry to hear about your separation. I will pray for you as I am going through the same thing myself.
    Here's to new beginnings.

    Blessings,

    Evelyn

    By Blogger Evelyn, at 5:24 PM  

  • Hi! Found my way here through the Christian Knitters ring. I'm sorry to hear about your separation.

    Congrats on your book being published!! I'm new to writing myself and am starting a novel (I've done some short stories as well).

    I'm sure your niece and her new hubby will love the afghan no matter when they get it. It is from the heart and that is what counts.

    God bless!!

    By Blogger Shelley, at 8:09 PM  

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