I finished this lovely, enormous scarf at least a year ago but I haven’t had many chances to wear it. Not only is it about 3m long and made up of dense cables but I used a super-light, core-blown 14ply alpaca yarn- and the combination makes it one very warm scarf, the kind you don’t often need here in Melbourne…
But that is all about to change… because Scotto and I are moving to Scotland!!! Eep!!! So exciting and, frankly, a bit terrifying too- it seems much more daunting to pack up my life and head out into the big world at 41 than when I was 18 or 23. But that is part of the reason we’re doing it. We want to strip away some of the things that hold us in order to try to flow with life as much as we can. Not that those things that hold us are bad; they are often precious and beautiful and together make up a lot of who we are.
But there is more. And I think that sometimes we need to push ourselves to remember that, especially after hard times, like the last few years for my family. On top of that, I didn’t expect to find myself without children and that’s been hard to come to terms with. I didn’t think I’d hear myself saying that there was anything lucky about it- but, yes, I am starting to see that we are lucky to be free to do this, to do so many things that would be much harder if we had those responsibilities. And we have the means to do it, to take the risk. We don’t have work or a place to move into or any friends over there… but we’re (mostly) ok with that.
So, at the end of January, we’ll head off. So much to organise and do between over the next 6-7 weeks (including building up a stock of colourwork cowls for an exciting project in Scotland-more on that soon!) and so many lovely folk to share time with. I hardly ever post photos of myself but here’s a few of the faces that I’m currently moving between on a daily basis:
Wish us luck, won’t you?!