O Come E-Man-Ewe-Wool

4 Dec

Friday was hard. A credible threat saw our school in lockdown and I huddled in the dark with my class for three hours. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The weekend was all about recovery for all of us. I used yarn.

For the last few years, indie yarn dyers have been creating Advent calendars with small skeins of yarn. This was the first year I purchased one.

It arrived a few weeks ago. I opened the box to find my 24 minis, a full skein, and a list of colorways.

Saturday morning, I opened my first one.

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I had decided to use the minis to knit a cowl called “Land Of Sweets”, which was designed for Advent calendar knitting. I cast it on and knit the eight rows of Day one. I knit another eight rows on Sunday, day two.

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Monday morning was hard. I felt anxious before school, and when I arrived. We had a special schedule that started with the class with which  we’d had to lockdown. We’d been given a script for a community circle and it worked beautifully. As the day wore on, things started to feel more normal. I had a late meeting after school, so didn’t get to knit my eight rows with day three’s yarn.

47389931_773493909665773_63636297041838080_nTonight, I have a ticket to go see Tara Westover speak, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to knit day three and day four, which I opened this morning to discover had an extra treat.

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I feel better about going to school today. A few kids stayed out yesterday and I hope they found a way to deal with their worry and anxiety so they can come back and start their healing process.

6 Responses to “O Come E-Man-Ewe-Wool”

  1. arjeha December 4, 2018 at 6:54 am #

    What a unique way to celebrate each day of Advent. I had gone through lock down drills when I was still teaching but never had to go through a real one. I can’t imagine the tension caused by something like this.

  2. Amanda Potts December 4, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Mmm… I am a mess of feelings for you right now. I am sorry that you had the stress of a three-hour lockdown. That must have been really tough. I am glad that everyone is safe and it turned out well. And I am really impressed with the yarn advent calendar. Those minis and colorways are beautiful. I’ve never ordered one because I figure I’ll never have time to actually knit for myself during the holiday season, but – WOW! – this inspires me. Which brings me back to the lockdown: what an inspired way to deal with the stress and tension – you are creating a thing of beauty and reconnecting to the physical world. May the rest of the advent season be filled with your beautiful creation.

  3. Trina Haase December 4, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

    I am sorry to hear about the lockdown. How scary for everyone involved. Like Amanda, I am glad to hear that everything is okay.

    I wish that I was a knitter! That sounds like a great challenge and a wonderful way to take some time for healing!

  4. Joanne Toft December 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    Thinking of you as you return each day to school. I hope that each day brings you all a bit closer to being able to breath and relax. It is so hard when school is suppose to be a safe haven.

    I love the knitting – what a great way to celebrate the season but also to relieve stress.
    Thank care and remember to breath.

  5. Frances B December 4, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Love your title and the advent calendar idea! Happy knitting!

  6. Brian Rozinsky December 4, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

    Your title pun sent my emotions one way; the first paragraph, a completely different direction. My conclusion: You’re knit of stronger stuff than I. Hang in there, Adrienne.

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