Monday, May 26, 2008
Knitting calms my soul. Especially the simple patterns. The repetitive nature and the act of just being. I enjoy thinking about the thousands of women in the past who created countless numbers of cherished blankets, afghans, scarfs, socks, and numerous other gifts of love. It has been awhile since I actually sat down and really worked on any knitting projects (and there are many of course). When we went up to the farm in Michigan I had to bring a craft project that was portable and not too detailed. I've been working on a baby blanket for my niece, Giada, since she was born on April 13th. My goal is to have it, and a little cap, done by the time she is Christianed on July 6th. I decided to fore go anything too frilly or lacy as both of my girls tended to like the simple blankets best. As infants, neither one of them liked how their feet would get stuck in the holes of the lacier blankets. With that in mind I designed this blanket with a simple garter stitch border and a seed stitch for the body of the blanket. It's about 24" wide and will be about 30" long when completed. The stitch marker is handmade by Melissa Zinkosky. She owns DeZigns in Chelsea Michigan. I bought them at the Spinner's Flock meeting in April. The craftmanship is beautiful, a gift to myself. The yarn is wonderful! Debbie Bliss Baby Aryan. 40% acrylic, 12% cashmere, and 48% merino. I'm hoping that Giada will think it's wonderful too.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
My family and I are leaving this morning for the farm and will be coming home on Tuesday. I will have lots of farm pictures upon my return. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
"And because the breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air (whence it comes and goes, like the warbling of music) than in the hand, therefore nothing is more fit for that delight, than to know what be the flowers and plants that do best perfume the air."
From Of Gardens by Sir Francis Bacon 1561-1626
The older I get the more I love Spring. I found a book that I've had for a long time but couldn't remember where I had put it. It's called "The Fragrant Garden" Edited by Sheila Pickles. It is full of poetry and prose about spring and flowers. And it's aromatherapeutic, it smells really pretty! I am still working on my felted bunny project and will have more pictures later. But for right now I thought it would be nice to show off these lovely flowers growing around my house. I know it is such a cliche but I don't think enough people stop to look at the simple beauty around them. If you don't look, you'll never see it! Have a really wonderful day. Cassie
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Isn't that just the cutest little bunny outline? My original intent was to get quite a bit further on this gift than I did last night. However, Angora wool is very fine, and I had to use twice as much wool as I thought I would to needle felt him. So he took a bit longer than I thought. Then I was going to get up at 5:00 a.m. to finish him (I do so love getting up early while the house is still very quiet) but when you have a four year old and a two year old the best laid plans are all too often foiled. So for now, all you will get to see is this little peek. He is very soft and I do wish you all could touch him! When this project is completed I am going to give it to my good friend Jan Vanden Hout. She is the owner of Critterville Woolery in Hudson Michigan, spinner extraordinaire, rabbit whisperer and an all around good person. Jan spins beautiful Angora yarns that I will have to show you on my next post. I really don't like to use the flash on my camera if I don't have to so I will photograph her yarn later today when the natural light is at it's brightest. Jan taught me how to spin Angora wool (although mine looks nowhere near as nice as hers!) and she taught me how to care for my two rabbits. She has about thirty Angora rabbits of her own and everyone of them is exquisitely cared for! She is just a great person and I wanted to do something nice for her, so this project, when it's done, I'm hoping will brighten her day. It makes me feel so good to know that one little act of kindness can really make such a difference in some one's day. I can't help but to think how much nicer the world would be if we all practiced this!