Feelings of accomplishment

January 7, 2010

Knitted a whole shawl in 8 days while on vacation and finished the bulk of my woven tote bag, including the crappy lining.  I find that when I get close to completing a project I become impatient and end up doing less than excellent work.  Must work on that, especially since my weaving was so nice.  Now I just have to find the right color to make straps for the bag.  I may tear out that lining yet and redo it a third time before I put the straps on.  I’ll talk to Vicky at Grannma’s Spinning Wheel before I do that.


The Joy of Female Friendships

October 19, 2009

I just spent the afternoon with six other women in my Prayer Shawl Knitting Group.  We spent the first hour in the retreat room and then moved to another room for treats.

For most of the time, we knit, crochet and chat.  We have a brief period of prayer for the unknown recipients and then break.

Four of us stayed after the others left and talked.  We talked about families, employers and gave each other support and encouragement.

There was no dramatic spiritual insight, yet we each left the group feeling refreshed and a little more dedicated to living our faith than when we started.

What is better than female friendships for building a community?  Nothing that I know of.

Hounds and knitting

October 18, 2009

I’ve found that collecting greyhounds and yarn for my stash are equally addicting.  Unfortunately, so are Mafia Wars and Farmville on Facebook. Who cares about the social network?  The games are the point.  I’ve noticed they must be the point for my friends, too, since our communication on the site seem to go through the games and not an actual discussion of anything going on in our lives.

Love my hounds.  Three beautiful fawns. Dani with the ears that only drop forward and never stand up or lay flat on her head.  Cowardly Merrill, who fears the evil wind monster, the plastic bag ogre and the other fearful objects that inhabit his world.  Affectionate Prinny, whose head bruises my hip because she has to be so close to me as I walk.

And knitting (weaving, too) Five projects going at once,  two shawls, a sock and a scarf, and a throw that it’s still too hot to finish.  My knitting bag goes everywhere with me.  I never know if someone is going to throw a meeting at me, or I have to stand in line at Walgreen’s waiting for an Rx.  I have a project for every occasion, including dental work.

Knitting and hounds keep me patient, teach me to be joyful about the smallest things in life.  Love my hounds and knitting.