Thursday, January 26, 2012

Great Reminder

Once we have begun to accept life's flow, and to avoid pointless efforts, we are letting go of our need to exert control -- a much overvalued commodity, although one very much in tune with the temper of the times. We could choose instead to have acceptance. This is not so much to do with fatalism; rather it is a matter of working happily with, rather than stubbornly against, the grain of nature.
          To "let go" is to fear less and love more.


Hope your having a lovely week.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Humour

It took awhile to even know who this person case you don't know it's Ryan Gossling.  I have to admit I enjoyed him in "The Notebook" but aside from that I found this quite humorous.  I could think of different males that I would prefer in this add but will leave it at that for now.  This is such a great way to  get a movement of an idea going by the masses, especially when it uses someone we know.  Now this is what came to my mind when I saw this:

  • Who is he?
  • Does he knit?
  • He does look cold
  • If you didn't know how to knit, you would be inspired to learn
  • Great way to change the knitting image
  • I wonder if he would like a scarf instead?
  • I wonder what size he takes?

I hope your Monday is going well.  Off to finish the button band on my Tart Cardi.

Alice xox

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ripping and Starting

I have been someone who has never given too much priorities to her knitting, but over the last couple of years my perception and relationship to knitting has changed.   There is more respect and appreciation for what I make with my hands, more maturity.   So after reading this post and this one on starting the new year and how that reflects on your unfinished projects this is one that came to mind.

This was  Dragonfly Wrap .   I think I had started this almost 2 yrs ago, and honestly did not know where I was on the pattern anymore. It has now been officially ripped apart.   I still really like the yarn, so no loss there.

Things I want to knit now for 2012..I'm sure there will be more:

1.   I love my 2 pairs of socks I have made, and really need more.  So this is next Monkey Socks.

2.  I have never made myself a hat/beret so this Brambles Beret.  I even have the yarn for this too.

3.  Seen this worn at my local yarn store -  Cable Pullover in Vogue Knitting.  Will be pushing for a         Madelinetosh yarn on this one.  It looks way better in person that in the picture.

4.  And another Cable pullover. from Knitty.  I have a thing for cables and pullovers !!

I do have other projects in my stash picked out from a previous yarn sale, but that's not what I want to start first.  

Keep your needles ablazing.

"Never let your sense of morals keep you from doing what is right"  - Isaac Assinov

Alice xox

Monday, January 16, 2012

How Things Change

Do you remember when I posted this picture?

Here is the same lake over the weekend.

This pathway, strewn with leaves.

Now crunches beneath the feet

This pretty archway of branches

Now hangs heavy with snow

Or makes you hesitate to go any further

The fence made with stacked logs

Becomes hidden and disguised

We quickly forget what has gone before us until we are reminded.   It makes life easier when we can let go of the old and make way for the new.   Nature really shows how things are always transforming themselves to something else right before our eyes.

"When you listen to can hear everything"
Alice xox

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Tart in Progress

This has been my current project.  I called it "My Saucy Tart".   The yarn is Madelinetosh DK "Tart     The pattern is Favourite Cardigan, by Wendy Bernard in the book Custom Knits  It is a very different colour for me to choose, red and black.    I have done a few modifications mostly in the length of the body and as you can see I am now working on the sleeves which in the pattern is short sleeves, so I will be making it full sleeves.  Works much better for me.   I'm still skeptical of this size, I seems so small, but it is a fitting sweater.   This will also block bigger, so I will wait and see.

Have a great weekend everyone.  

And this our life exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
- William Shakespeare
Alice xox

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What the heck

Hello my friends.   Apparently there are many of you do my read my blog..and personally commented on my absence of posts in January.     I honestly can't believe that much time has gone by in January.  Even though I have been knitting, I have nothing to show for it yet.    I'm getting picky with my pictures too, which doesn't help.  Now that I have given you lots of poor excuses for my absence, I was touched that people were reading my blog.

On monday night we started up our local knit night  after an absence from holidays, which is held at the yarn store.  It was packed with happy, friendly faces and also some new people from a distance.    It's fun to watch people interact with each other, helping one another if need be.  Sharing their skills and years of experience.   What struck me as the most intriguing was the fact the new crowd were women probably in their 55+ age who were being helped by woman in their 30 's age group.  The stereotype of an old granny style knitter, has been taken over by a fun, youthful, eager to learn and break the stereotypes of women knitters  Also in our group was a young woman , maybe 18 -21 yrs old, wearing one of her own creation, pink fashionable beret..came on her own.   Woman supporting and sharing with each other side by side with no barriers, but just for loving your art.

So since I didn't have any pictures taken of lately, I looked over at my cat moxie who was gravitating toward my knitting basket (picnic basket) found her way as before, but I couldn't resist boring you one more time with a picture of this... 

I'm sure I could close the lid, and Moxie would not budge.  Contentment wrapped in a furry body.

Alice xox