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27 March 2007

It's all downhill from here

Nothing really beats just going for a walk in the plain old outside -- not the recumbent bike at the Y, not the track at the Y, not the treadmill at the Y.  I did that last night -- went for a walk in the plain old outside -- and I felt it this morning, that I actually worked some muscles in my legs!  There are no curbs and brisk jay-walking jogs across the street when on a treadmill, no maneuvers to avoid kids on bikes or sidewalk chalk artists.  From my house, it's downhill in almost every direction -- down a muddy path, old stone steps, or a sidewalk -- which means that the last leg of nearly any walk is (you guessed it) uphill, in varying degrees.  The tack can be varied, adding extra distance in exchange for an easier grade, and sometimes the route is planned ahead of time or changed mid-stride, all with that last little climb in mind and depending on how challenged one feels on any given day.  I'm going to try to do it again tonight.

I've begun to knit another baby sweater rather than seam the Baby Cashmerino v-neck.  I'm using Rowan DK Handknit Cotton purchased two years ago for just that purpose.  I seem to be attacking the stash of late, particularly that earmarked for baby stuff, and it's a good thing.

This is what I have to share today:  One of the most delightful pictures/projects I've ever seen on a knitting blog is in this post at Gail's Good Yarn.  The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired afghan that she writes about is fantastic, for sure, but it's the first picture -- the smiling kids pictured around the afghan made up of knitted squares representing their country's flags...  I don't know, I find it very moving -- happy and full of hope.  I feel like it should be required viewing for everyone in the world, that leaders of every nation should have a framed copy on their desk.  How could anyone look at those happy faces, that beautiful afghan made from all those designs and colors -- all so very different, but working together so well -- and not think happy, peaceful, harmonious thoughts for the humanity represented; not wonder what has to happen before the entire world feels it, too?  All together now!  Absolutely phenomenal, Gail.

Comments

I too love a real walk outdoors. Nothing like it for the psyche either! Thank for the link to Gail's blog. Very inspiring!

I agree that an outside walk is better than any treadmill time! Now that the weather is warmer we can finally get outside. I love that afghan photo, Vicki, thanks for the link.

Vicki, you are so very, very kind. Thank you for the wonderful words about the flag blanket. It was truly a labor of much love, for everyone involved. Aren't those kids great??? Some kids (and mothers) made their country's flag. However, most made flags of other countries and they became very attached to the country. One little first grader made a very "lacy" square, but I mended it and she was so very, very proud. You can see her in the photo, the smallest one in the upper left corner. She has her hand on her square. Another mother said that her grandmother tried to teach her to knit when she was young, but she resisted. The grandmother was still alive, so the mother visited her to take another lesson!! The mother did the background square for Israel and the daughter did finger knitting which I shaped into the star of David. I made sure that there were flags for all levels of knitters and we did a lot with plain squares and I-cord appliques. It was raffled off at the school auction and one of the teachers won it. She keeps it in her classroom.

That afghan gave me chills. It's nice to see things like that, especially compared to the things I saw in elementary school. There were two boys in my brother's class who had to be kept apart by the administration because their respective countries were at war with each other, and if they saw each other they would quite literally try to kill each other. They had no idea why, but they knew that they were 'supposed' to. They were in 2nd grade.

Thank you for sharing the link Vicki, what a great quilt and Gail's comments here gave even more insight! I love it!

Hurrah for the walk outside. We are lucky here, because we can walk outside almost the year round. Lucky, I am. I love to walk!

Ah, it's nice to be outdoors, period. I have almost given up the turtlenecks. Almost.
The blankets are amazing. I am so glad a teacher won it and it stayed in the school for all to enjoy.

What a beautiful testament to a longing for peace among us. Thanks for the link, Vicki. Nice job, Gail! We are getting a foreign exchange student from Germany in August and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to learn about Germany and her culture.

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