My first attempt at blogging: I knit and have started a crochet project as well. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who still subs occasionally. I have a married daughter and a son who just completed his masters degree and, hopefully, will find a good job soon! My husband and I are currently organizing a walk for pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation. I will attempt to write about these aspects of my life, as well as about political issues of the day.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Welcome to my new BLOG!

My name is Shari Piper. My daughter, Kim ( Werker, has been pushing me for quite some time to begin my own blog. Today she took me up on my willingness to try in her usual "go to it" manner. I followed her advice, and here we are.

After letting go of my younger crafty college days, I again picked up knitting in the past couple of years - beginning when I brought my mother to visit Kim in Vancouver. If Kim could do it, I sure would try! I quickly found that knitting kept me calm as Mom retold her stories for a countless number of times.

I made the obligatory scarves, poncho, then a shawl, and more recently, two sweaters. The sweater pictured being my first! And it was made from a Knitty pattern on size 10.5 needles with Blizzard 65% alpaca, 35% acrylic yarn. Most of my friends and colleagues have been amazed - and more than surprised - at this domestic side of me.

This past year has been a stressfull one for me. My 50-year-old brother lost a four-month battle with cancer on Thanksgiving Day. My 84-year-old mother has had two relatively minor surgeries. For both of these family members, I am the closest relative, and therefore spent much time commuting from my home in Albany County, New York to their homes in New York City. Knitting has calmed me on many occasions as I faced long evenings and difficult realities.

Life has calmed down into a "new reality", and I have kept right on knitting. I love it!

This month, my son received his Masterd Degree, thus making us quite proud. And then my family - son, daughter, son-in-law, husband - and I took our first ever Piper family vacation. We had a blast in Vancouver and on Galiano Island!

And I re-learned to crochet!!!! Once again, daughter leading mother. Follow the sidebar link to view our FAMILY PICTURES!

My first fitted sweater!

Mom's Knitted Sweater
Originally uploaded by kpwerker.

Proud me showing off! This took about 2 months of compulsiveness to complete! I even worked on it while subbing ( I retired as an elementary school teacher in June of '05, and now just sub in my home school when I feel like it.) Yesterday, I wore the sweater to work, and my colleagues were speechless.

I used Rowan Calmer cotton yarn (size 6 & 8 needles) that Kim made me buy on sale last summer! When I got up the nerve to try a fitted sweater, I returned to my favorite shop, Periwinkle Sheep, to find a pattern - since misplaced - to fit my amount of yarn. And this is what we came up with!