Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

God has blessed us with this beautiful earth. I was snap-happy this weekend!

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

Scrub pine twisted by years of strong winds
Castle Rock

Sign in the parking lot at a Red Robin Restaurant

As I rode, I knitted my feather and fan throw with the Interlacement yarn that was on the swift in a previous post.

For a change of pace and yarn weight, I worked on my wobbly KAL in Lamb's Pride. (See button at right.)

Failure To Launch is a fun movie! If you haven't seen it and feel like laughing, collect your $200 and go directly to a theatre showing this movie!

Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin was a challenging read, but one that I ultimately enjoyed. It is part documentary, part forensics report, less a novel, yet held my interest despite the lull in the description of the WWII years. The lingering sense from this novel is that there is no privacy-- even in death. A striking journal note written while reading this work is "huge improbabilities and little miracles lives." One month before his death, Beethoven scrawled, "Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est" --Applaud friends, the comedy is finished.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ---Carl Jung


Is crocheting a snore?

Is that what Max is conveying here? This is my mandatory beside-my-computer project today. That project whimsically changes at any moment. To use up worsted weight bits and pieces, I chained a length for a lap ghan and sc three rows of color. Then, a row of what I call "ivory" into the second row below. The huge question in my mind is WHY did I start this in sc?? I mean, hdc is my absolute favorite crochet stitch!! So, why? Dunno. Doesn't everyone have a favorite crochet stitch? Do you? What IS your favorite? This is a long term commitment---this ghan and me--over the years, we'll knot up many bits and pieces.

Finished reading a book from the stack that I got at the library book sale, Lake News by Barbara Delinsky. It's a charming little story set on a lake in New Hampshire. The story is compelling and satisfying...a nice escape read.

You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.  ---Audrey Hepburn


Back Yard Greetings!

An invitation on asks everyone to post a back yard pic this morning. Fun idea! So, out the back door, to the deck, and my well-worn, favorite spot...

Back and forth, restful respite, soothing swing.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. --- Leo Buscaglia


A Year by the Sea

My yarn has arrived for the Wobbly Circles Tote KAL. Aren't these colors luscious? Mmm-mmm! They are resting in an antique sewing box that belonged to my sweet mother. So precious to me. She has the matching one that belonged to her mother.
It will be felted and sent to one of my sisters. Another project and ready to start! Imagine this bag in the above colors---simply stunning!
Time to get ready for another fun book swap at the Knit the Classics! This time it is a mystery swap for April's Fools Day.  So, I'm thinking about a good classic mystery for my swap partner. Suggestions, anyone?

Here are some favorite passages from the incredible writer Joan Anderson in her book, A Year by the Sea:
p.136 "When you see those you love infrequently, it takes time to reestablish honest connection....Adjusting the level...In search of perfect harmony."
p. 137 "'Don't you know feelings aren't thoughts? They're not always something you can talk about or explain. They're just what they are -- feelings!'"
p. 138 "Just let whatever comes flow through you and then away."
"Oh, God, let me enjoy the pleasure of being graceful."
The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on. --- Julia Alvarez