Tuesday, March 25, 2008

take your time

With the change of seasons, the chores overlap. The cold frame/greenhouse needs to be opened...the winter kill needs to be picked up, tarps need to be removed from the hen house, fence posts around the garden need replacing, (as well as the wire in some spots).... Beds need to be raked out, seeds started, compost turned and spread...there is always so much to be done and attended to. It is best not to look at the whole picture at once, one risks getting overwhelmed..it is better to ease into things slowly, and gracefully...enjoying the process. The Eastern Phoebe is late in her return. Maybe she is taking her time, enjoying the migration.

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This is a project that I have been enjoying... I started it months ago. As I begin the cast off, I find myself savouring it, really taking my time, drawing it out. I'm not sure why I don't want to finish it.

When I attended Rhinebeck last fall, I had the pleasure of meeting Cindy, of Cindyknits. She was wearing this very delicate and lovely shawl that she made with linen that she had dyed. I admired it, and she quickly offered to share the pattern with me. A few weeks later she not only sent the pattern, but the linen with which to work it! Fiber people are just the best!

This Lacy Winged Shawl pattern was a bit challenging for me, the way it starts off, in the center top edge, really puzzled me. I had to email Cindy for help. She translated for me, until I was able to get it going.

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Look close and you will find a few errors here and there...but I love the eyelets, and the graceful curves of the stitches.

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And I love how the cast off edge makes these beautiful points... The linen sets them off perfectly. I will make another, someday. I plan to spin the linen myself....from flax that I grow...Big plans, big dreams...

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where would we be without our goals? It is important to set them....even if we don't reach them...the process of trying is far more important. Carry on.

11 comments:

Pat K said...

How beautiful! And in linen, no less. Did you find the linen hard to keep on the needles? It will be fantastic once it is blocked.

Cathy said...

Cindy is a wonderful person - how great you have met so many of my favorite e-friends!

I love the shawl and know if anyone would raise her own flax it would be you!

pacalaga said...

Beautiful shawl! I love the idea of seed-to-shawl!

elizabeth said...

How awesome! Have you ever grown flax? I really enjoyed spinning it at my guild's workshop and am contemplating carding tow with wool for a spring/fall project. Some day!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This shawl is a beautiful delicate thing. You will feel as if you are being hugged by an angel when you wear it.

Donna B said...

What a lovely shape that shawl has!

I will be watching your linen saga....how exciting....and stinky when it comes to the retting! hee. I actually did grow a tiny bit and retted it when I was a teenager...but had no proper equipment for processing it afterward.... maybe you'll inspire me to try again.... :-)

Judy said...

I started to get overwhelmed by the Spring to do list but was quickly informed that there are still 87 days until Summer and I have plenty of time.
I can't wait to see the shawl.

Leigh said...

You are absolutely correct about goals. I feel aimless without them. The shawl is absolutely lovely. And I don't see any errors! I'm impressed that you are going to try to grow your own flax. Wish that was something I could do.

Sharon said...

Your post is sooooo relevant to me! We are overwhelmed with work here too, before the winter arrives, its hard sometimes just to look at each project, rather than the whole picture...

Beth S. said...

How lovely! :-) And I bet your shawl will block like a dream, too.

finnsheep said...

Beautiful shawl! It looks a bit like the ones in the new Spin Off - - the Danish tie shawls.

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