The camera accompanied me outdoors over the weekend. Just a little over two weeks ago, I snapped pics of two of these guys (E and FW), which you can see here. Presenting (from left to right, click any of 'em for bigger view) Elegans (with toes!), Frances Williams, and Sum & Substance. I love the names, I love their color and texture, I love their big leafiness -- all three of these are large varieties. I have another large one, Blue Angel, which I will show you soon, as well as some smaller (and even one mini) varieties. I have a lot of shady areas in my yard, so have developed an appreciation for hostas!
As I walked through the woods on the way to the craft fair yesterday, I noticed the lilies of the valley blooming like crazy. A went down later and picked a bouquet for me. I wish you could smell them -- so sweet!
And here is my progress -- before any knitting last night -- on the Audrey sleeve. I ripped once since this photo, and I fear I'll be doing it again tonight. Hail Theresa for posting a wonderful pic of that sleeve cap! I will definitely be using it for reference. I think my main problem last night was weariness and an inability to tell Ps from Ks while reading the pattern; the result is kind of a mess! With my mid-40s eyesight, I should probably have enlarged as I photocopied that pattern!
Warning: A bit of a ramble ahead. Feel free to turn back!
I have read numerous blog posts in recent days about support received from other bloggers -- not just in the realm of knitting, but in more personal respects as well. No matter what the reason for these posts (sometimes even questioning whether to continue), in the end it seems all about camaraderie. The knitting, of course, is the common thread in this "community," and while many people blog only about knitting, others share more details of their personal situation and even ask for advice. I am a relative newcomer to blogland, and am simply amazed to discover what a wonderful system of support it is. It's not difficult to find others with similar circumstances -- they have kids, they're a student, a single parent, an at-home mom, a professional -- or to wistfully "live" for five vicarious minutes as someone you might have been had circumstances been different. The collective wisdom and life experience, and the levels of understanding, sharing, and giving -- except for copyrighted material ; ) -- and the wit and humor with which it is all dispensed (for the most part) are unbelievable! Can you ever have or draw support from too many "friends"?
When my sisters (I have 3) and I lived in closer proximity, we would get together 3 or 4 times a year for "Sister Weekends." Sometimes we would just revel in being together, each working on our own projects. Other times, we would share something new with the others. My youngest sister worked for an upholsterer when she was in high school, and we spent one weekend together reupholstering another sister's chair. One of the twins had taken a basket-making class, and we spent one weekend learning to make baskets. The other twin learned to quilt (and will be working on her sampler quilt for the rest of her life, I swear!), and we spent a weekend learning to quilt; each quilting something -- pillow or wall-hanging -- as mom's Mother's Day gift that year.
We weren't always that close -- three of us are only a year and a half apart in age, so you can imagine what our teenage years were like (and some of us have scars to prove it)! We're all very different -- even the twins are fraternal and bear closer resemblance to the non-twins -- and have chosen vastly different paths. We have a common thread, though, and an unshakable trust in and respect for each other; we draw on each other for support, reassurance, understanding, rejuvenation and inspiration. Naturally, we sometimes disagree, and we sometimes still fight, but we can always depend on each other.
Due to distance and circumstance, my sisters and I are unable to get together as often as we used to. It is something that I miss very much. Through blogland, though, I feel that I have adopted an amazing number of "sisters" -- some more guarded than others, some are more outspoken, some I like more than others, some are more like me and others are not, some don't even know that I'm there -- and writing in my blog and reading theirs is truly something I look forward to every single day (well, almost). I'm kind of surprised by that -- that it has become so important in such a short amount of time -- and I gather that others are, as well. In this world that sometimes seems to be spinning out of control, it's kind of a grounding thing.
Anyone for a group hug??