Starting off September with a physical move to a lovely rental that can house my adult child if needed, the month has involved a tremendous amount of change and patience in equal measure. My favorite thing about the new space is it came with built-in bookshelves and trees outside, and its skylights function as a sundial (when a person can see the sun, which has been blotted out by smoke for days). I can watch stars on cloudless nights from inside!
My least favorite thing is an initiation of sorts that seems to occur in almost any place I've ever moved. First my rent check never arrived via USPS to my landlord and upended my finances when my bank put a seven-day hold on a refund. Next, it turned out a giant community of wasps liked the house too and was building a nest in the ceiling. After spending ten days hoping they didn't spread beyond the one room they were in, that is now taken care of and peace of mind has returned.
Heartbroken over wildfires in beloved Oregon, a place of a sort of pilgrimage and sanctuary since age 11 when I saw its coast for the first time on a family roadtrip, went to college there and solo hiked much of the OC, I would like to do anything I can to support those who are uprooted. Up North in Washington, every breath I take, I envision inhaling the loss of animals, plants, humans, belongings and exhaling hope and healing. The wildfires cover the entire coast, but if anyone would like to help Oregon specifically, here is the best collection of support networks I've seen in a single link: Ways to Help During Oregon Wildfires.
In photos are some of the projects I'm working on or have finished over the past month. Patience is required in great measure these days, and I am wishing for all who need support to receive it, and all our collective grief join us in some way larger than our divisive politics.
Two books I can't recommend enough for these times. One for adults, one for children of any age.
Staying close to the wealth of nature and making with my hands bring me greatest joy and comfort. You can find me on Instagram as @waterwomanknits, and on Ravelry as Waterwoman-Knits. My fledgling Etsy page is WaterwomanKnits.