It begins...

A friend recently forwarded an email to me titled "The Invisible Mother," a short essay comparing the tireless and often thankless job of a mother to the builders of Europe's great cathedrals. Both give their whole lives for a work they will never see finished, both make sacrifices and expect no credit, and both are fueled in their passion by the faith that the eyes of God see every detail. The writer of the essay was inspired by the thought that our endless efforts in motherhood, invisible as they may seem, are worth it and can make an enriching life.

For many of us, the way we choose to hold our invisibility at bay is by creating something tangible. For me, my days often end with knitting - my love of fiber and the need to do something relaxing end up producing something I can hold and look at. Nobody will know how many times I swept under the high chair that day, or how many toys I picked up, or how many times I tried to coax a "please" or "more" or "sorry" out of my 5 year old. But a darling, handmade infant hat? That you can see.

I start new projects every day, and my 10 year old does the same. In this process of creating (and yes, often not finishing our projects!) we connect with each other and a bigger picture of ourselves in the process. My plan for this blog is to share the projects that excite me and bring some accessible proof of my existence in this invisible world of mothering!

So, this blog is dedicated to the mothers out there whose days are filled with the minutia of tasks that build our children and our families. I often tell people that I haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. But for now, I am the builder of a great cathedral. With every shoelace tied, lunch packed, and forehead kissed, I build.

And I can hardly wait to create something new...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Day After

I lay in bed last night from about 11:30-2am feeling like my brain was in overdrive and generally worrying about things you only worry about from 11:30-2am. Awesome. I should have been feeling waves of relief and a sense of accomplishment for surviving the school party and the Daisy meeting, but instead I was stuck on all the thoughts of "I should have done this differently," or "Dang! I forgot about that altogether," or "How the heck am I going to..." Yeah. Awesome. I need to just check yesterday off my DONE list, and move on! 

My to-do pile today is threatening to cascade off the table, so I probably won't get to work on anything really fun until later...but I have finished the 20th infant cap for and have decided I'm done! By #20 I had started to play with stripes again, and even did some slip stitches to create a little texture. Here are a few of my final favorites:
Now I need to finish filling in the 20 "personal message" slips and get those attached to the hats. The deadline to get them mailed is fast approaching, so I'm hoping to have those done and in the mail by Friday. Now what, I know you are asking yourself, will Heather knit next? Well, I re-established a spot on the basement couch (where I do my evening knitting) for my Prayer Shawl bag, and have picked up where I left off before Christmas. It's maybe 1/3 done, but goes fast on the big size 13 needles. I'm using an oatmeal colored Homespun yarn that knits up soft, despite being "polyester-poo" as my mother would say. Ha!
Maybe tonight we'll get a chance to get some hair on Grace, or make her apron. And I am itching to cast on for a baby sweater I want to make...

But I'm going to bed early tonight, and do NOT plan to be awake at 2am. :P

1 comment:

  1. Such adorable wee hats! I need to look and see when the deadline for mailing is! Ah, I see it's Feb. 28th. Time yet to get it together... Maybe I can bring mine and we can mail them together? I have a fairly big box all labeled and ready to go. Just have to attach my tags, too.