While I believe that the whole year is the good time to give thanks, there is a certain glow that happens at this time of the year. The warmth of home against the chill of autumn. The glorious blaze of color that lights up the hill tops everywhere. The gathering together of family and friends. Personally, I think of my two new twin great niece and nephew and feel gratitude for their safe arrival. These moments help push the feelings of gratitude to the surface. In addition to the above I have more temporal gratitudes. I am grateful that I have a room of colorful yarns and rovings to indulge my fiber loving heart. I am grateful that I have a fiber supportive husband (who thinks I need more yarn!) and a home to bedeck with knitted pillows and throws. And I am grateful that I have contact with like-minded fiber people … who else would get as excited about seeing sheep and alpaca, understand the feeling of accomplishment because of new stitch learned, or commiserate as feelingly with the hours of painstaking work deliberately unraveled to undo a simple mistake, as a fellow fiber lover?
I am grateful for all of you.
How about you? Are you listing your gratitudes this season?
Kathleen Connery, President
Shenandoah Valley Textile Guild & Museum