I have to admit that I find this day of mad shopping an appalling way to spend one's time, but I usually do make a foray out to the fringes of our mega mall each year. This year was no different.
The only remaining chain fabric store is near this mega mall, but thankfully you don't actually have to get INTO the mall to get there. I needed to go, mostly because of gift requests from my grandsons' - not what you'd expect from Nana Sadie Rose, huh?
I was very lucky, for while the store was mobbed, and the lines to check out took 45 minutes, everyone was relatively patient and in good spirits. I don't understand why anyone would endanger another in the "spirit of Christmas" but since people lost their lives today, in the interest of shopping, I suppose I should consider myself lucky.
It really does boil down to making the decision ahead of time to treating everyone as you'd like to be treated, behaving like a reasonable and responsible person instead of behaving as if you're vying for the last scrap of food on the table and there will never be anymore - after all, folks, it IS just stuff
and really has such a limited value...is it worth the taking of a life? Bah!
My heart this season, will be filled with prayers for the families of those who lost their lives today - shopping.
And those who have lost their lives in the past few days at the hands of terrorists in India, will be there, too.
How odd to see the two disparate scenes on the news...and realize that such violence can exist at opposite sides of the globe for such astoundingly different reasons.
But the commonality is violence.
This is the season of peace and love. I hope we'll all carry that with us over these next weeks and into the new year.
Ok. I'll get down off my soapbox.
I did do a bit of shopping, as I said. In conversation yesterday with my Big Sis, I discovered that I've truly spoiled her rotten. No other socks will do now. (I kind of knew this was going to happen! *wink*) And the socks she wanted? JUST like the ones I made last - My Berroco Sox
. I hoped that our new LYS - Yarn Explosion
- might have another ball of it, and they were having a sale today. So since it's only about a block from the fabric store, I was out the door about 10:00 this morning (not as early as many of you, I know). Sure enough, I was able to get a ball of the same colorway and then because I liked the socks I made so much? I bought another ball of this:
What do you know? That's a little bit of knitting - ok...really it's stash enhancement. Except sock yarn isn't stash...Still I didn't think I'd be telling or showing much in the knitting department till after the holidays! Aren't those colors gorgeous? Can't wait to knit them up. But Big Sis's socks come first.
And tonight, I finished the second Christmas gift I was knitting on...but I can't tell you what it was...visit me on Ravelry to find out!
After my shopping trip, I came home and made these:
A Metro Blue Stripe Mera and an English Library Kerri. Both are orders, what do you think?
On another note, in previous years, I've sent gifts from Heiffer International in the names of friends and family, but this year, I'm going to do something different. We have a small non-denominational program staffed by several churches and synagogues here in the valley that house homeless families. I think this year, a contribution to them and one to our food pantry will be my "gifts."
With the difficult economy, and so many doing without, I'm trying harder to shop locally, and also to contribute locally. The shopping part is hard to do with my business, but personally, I can choose to buy here. In our community, we also have a very large shelter that most are likely to contribute to, thinking, I'm sure, that this is the organization that is most in need. Yesterday, there was a mass group run to raise money and they made quite a bit considering there were approximately 4800 people running! As large as this shelter is, as organized as it is, it gets the bulk of contributions from the rest of the valley's residents.
This smaller group does amazing things without a large facility and paid staff. Sometimes, I think, a small group of people with heart can make even more of a difference in people's lives...And that's the sort of group I prefer to support.
Just my two cents worth, tonight. I think I'll go light a candle now...