Friday, August 31, 2012

I Warned You

I’m hooked!  I told you I can’t stop knitting bookmarks, and as soon as I found Judy Gibson’s String of Hearts it was all over but the shouting!!  Now everyone on my Christmas list is getting a String of Hearts: the ones who don’t read, the ones who only read e-books, even the ones who dog-ear their books (yes I know one or two) rather than use a bookmark.

This is the cutest bookmark ever.  Not the easiest knit I’ve ever encountered but worth the effort!  I was—mmmm--put-off by the first heart, it was way too fidgety, but the second was easier.  Also, the pattern itself is not difficult to memorize so frequent pattern checking is not necessary.  This is a thoroughly joyful knit project, and one I will repeat again and again.  I mean it!  Look out friend/family readers, I’m coming for you!!

It is Friday and I am casual today.  I’m casual in my thoughts and casual in my attire.  It has caused me to pause and think about perceptions.  A client mentioned that she wished she could dress as casually at her job as I do —“So tired of suits, dresses, skirts.”  I was surprised because I wear office attire every day of the week, except Friday.  On Friday I throw on jeans, tee-shirt and sweater.  Add boots or sneaks and I’m ready for the day, but only on Friday.  This surprised her and after a thoughtful pause she said, “I guess I only see you on Friday.  That’s the only day I can take time off.” 
It is amazing to me the things that skew perceptions.  We think we know what is going on but we usually only have half the picture.  Reality is unique to each of us.  I once attended a seminar in which the subject had to do with truth.  Is truth absolute or relative?  I believe truth is absolute and my certainty of that has not changed since I attended that seminar 30+ years ago.  I am aware, however, that my client’s truth was changed by something as simple as a day of the week so how can we ever really know the truth about anything?

Anyway, I just realized that casual as I am I did not wear my hip-boots today and it is getting deep in this post!!  I'm going back to stringing hearts and casting on for the first front piece of Classic Cardi. 
The absolute truth is that LIFE IS GOOD!!

Hummingbird decided to hang out on one of our tomato cones this morning:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

You Want Me To Knit What?

That was my first thought when I learned that Kathyb’s pattern swap included a knitted bookmark.  A bookmark?  I’ve never knitted a bookmark—I didn’t even know there were published patterns for bookmarks!!  So I found the patterns and knit two of them.  A simple case of “download them and they will be knitted.”

First I finished one in crochet cotton:
Then I did one in bamboo:

Then, out of curiosity, I went looking for my Mother’s cross bookmark in her Bible.  It’s crocheted.  Not going there!!
I would never have believed I would find comfort in knitting bookmarks, but I want to knit thousands of them!!  Well, maybe a hundred!  They are quick and oh so satisfying to a project knitter like me.  It’s knit a little—done, knit a little more—done again, and so on.  Kathy you have created a monster!  I am now knitting a beaded bookmark, then it is on to glitter yarn and, whoa, I could use cashmere and add beads and glitter and….

Speaking of books, It’s a sad thing what has happened to real books, both hard cover and paperback!!  I love books and have them in bookcases all around the house and office.  I love to open a new book and smell the new book aroma.  In bookstores I love to stick my face into a new book and breathe deeply.  (By the way, that is probably not a good idea because 50 other people have most likely done the same thing).  When I read a new book, I confess, I pick up the Kindle and never think about going to a book store to buy a book.  The reason is that e-books are cheaper!!  If you read a lot, the cost and storage space required for real books becomes prohibitive.

Do you read real books?  Do you read with a Kindle or Nook or tablet of some other name?  I realize that real book reading and collecting is a lost art, gone the way of personal correspondence and writing real checks to pay bills.  I have a theory, if we all knit enough bookmarks people will have to use them and will buy more books.  I plan to do my share!!

Update on Classic Cardi:  I just started decreasing for the armholes on the back piece.  Tomorrow I will start the left front, which should go quickly.  That’s good because then I can knit more bookmarks.

Life is good!!