As you perhaps guessed, I was away having a little holiday. And naturally during me being away you all have written such amazing, heart-warming and encouraging post I can no longer upvote. I came back, read the posts, and wanted to hug you all. Everyone in this community is so special. Special in helping others with experienced advice, helping with encouragement and praise, helping with humorous ideas and funny stories… For me this is invaluable.
For example, needlework around here is not held in high regard, so praise is seldom. Although my friends love to receive little baby sweaters from me :-D knitting and especially crochet are not deemed an (decorative) artform, perhaps because clothes are so cheap around here and only few people know how much work goes into the baby blanket or the lace top they receive.
The photo shows some of the baby jackets/vests I made... I am thinking about writing a pattern for the grey one, although with sleeves... Do you think the pattern is too simple or would it be helpful?
The same goes to sewing…. If I think about the payment a tailor gets – argh! And if I am honest I think before @crosheille (and @crystalize ) created #needleworkmonday and brought us all together, needlework was also on steemit not very popular. You may think how vain… wanting approval, but for me this means a lot, because of my sh*** migraines I am no longer able to teach, work and earn money. Many things I have taken for granted are no longer possible and so crafting (or painting) things which are appreciated by others means so much to me.
But more important than approval is the connection I feel to you all. I have learned from your children, your work-travels, your gardening, your pets, your happy moments, and your sorrows. You all seem so near… And again, this is very special for me, because meeting regularly with others (in person) is not easy for me because of often being in pain. (This is also the reason we were only some hours away in our holiday, but I am in love with Liege/Lüttich. Such a beautiful city! I am still trying to find
an excuse a way to write a #needleworkmonday post about Lüttich… but sadly the only yarn shop was filthy and not well stocked. But everything else, the architecture, the people, the restaurants, the waffles … sigh 💕💕💕)
On the photos you can see me standing on the oversized drip rail of our flat in Lüttich. It was so big I used it as a balcony and knitted outside. I nearly finished a new sweater. The other photos show impressions of Lüttich: a beautiful ceiling of a church, the little harbour by night and the famous Montagne de Beuren with its 374 stairs.
I am so glad #needleworkmonday community exists...
I often catch myself telling my husband about your adventures as if you were living around the corner.
Thank you all for being here!
(originally, I wanted to mention you all personally, but I am so afraid to miss someone, that I don’t dare to write your names down…)