Many thanks for taking the time to write your thoughts on my last post. There are so many good comments there, about the need and sometimes difficulty for a personal blog to evolve with the blogger's life, and about the fact that in an age of quick sharing of content over the Internet, the blog world can indeed still be a good read!
I don't know how knitting or crochet circles happen in other parts of the world. I have in mind meetings among yarn lovers involving comfy sofas and cozy rooms, a fire crackling in one corner, mugs of hot drinks on coffee tables, balls of yarn rolling occasionally down onto the floor, and soft conversation punctuated by the steady clickety-click of many pairs of busy needles. It didn't look like this when after Christmas lunch, as the day waned and the younger cousins began to tire from all the holiday excitement and play, one by one, without any pre-arranged plan, my sisters, my niece and I pulled out crochet hooks and knitting needles and set to work, still sitting around the table where we'd just finished the Christmas meal my mom had prepared for us.
I was making my ruby-red scarf, my sister was mending sister-in-law's sweater that had a loose running stitch, and sister-in-law herself was crocheting. (My younger sister joined us in conversation only, because when a mom has a four year old, a two year old, and third baby due any day, she's allowed to just sit quietly whenever she gets a chance! And, as an update since that photo was taken, she's still pregnant, and the baby is late ... I don't think the poor woman can even sit comfortably these days!). But although I always carry my knitting with me, and take every opportunity to knit a little, it wasn't I who started the circle.
It was my twenty-year-old niece (for whom I made the winter wonderland mittens) to start this little impromptu circle when she took her crochet hook and yarn out, and worked on a necklace she was making for a friend. You can imagine how happy this made me, that my niece is crocheting handmade presents! Not because she's my niece, but because she's a young woman and I have great hopes for this new generation, who are aware of the state and economy of our planet and have a better global view than we ever had - I think they'll do great things, and hopefully fix what all too often we've just watched go wrong.