"It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart."
We are heading into thanksgiving week. And I will soon be heading north to spend it with my father & step-mother in Michigan. It will be the first time we have had thanksgiving together in 20 some years. Now THAT is something to be thankful for.
When I was a kid, my mom made me write thank you notes. (Didn't everybody's?) And I hated it. I know...I'm a bad person.
I was very appreciative and grateful for what I received. That was not the problem.
It just felt so stilted and formulaic, as I wrote the feelings down on paper. Even today, I much prefer a phone call or, best of all, an in-person hug.
So sometimes I forget to thank the people without whom I would not be here, doing what I do. I am thankful every cotton pickin' day, that all of you are part of my life.
- my wonderful test knitters, especially Tami, who just completed testing Galadriel's Mirror: a quite complex set of written directions. They donate their precious knitting time to ferret out all the little whoopsies in my pattern directions
- my fabulous proofreader Elizabeth, who picks the finished product apart and finds all the typos, except
frofor (see what I mean?) when I misread her corrections - sigh...
- my family, who eats out a lot more than they should because Mom/Grandma has been
- my friends, who listen to my flights of fancy & pretend that knitting is the most fascinating topic in the world
- the independent dyers who provide me with so much beautiful inspiration, especially Laura & Kelly of Unique Sheep
- the retailers who carry my patterns and allow me the privilege of teaching in their shops
- the moderators of the KALs on Rav - the best peeps ever
- my buddies on plurk who share my joys & sorrows, never judging, always helpful & quick with a hug or an encouraging word when needed.
- Casey & Jess, because without the wonderful public forum that is Ravelry, I doubt I would be in business
- Al Gore, for inventing the Internet (snork!)
- the knitters who buy my patterns. without you, there would be no Sunflower Designs
I love my job. It is a blessing.
And I could NOT do it alone.