And Happy Sunday to you! I hope your weekend is as stunning as ours, that cold snap I was complaining about has definitely gone and we are back to summery clothes and sunshine- that cold snap was a bit of a scare and I’m blessing the sunshine again, having forgotten what winter felt like!
Thanks for all of your motivating comments in my last post! You lot should be life coaches! (Apart from a few commenters that made me giggle, telling me to shelve the scarf!!! Oooh noooo!!!! I’ll never start it again!) Being reminded about wintery wind blowing freezingly around my naked neck was enough to make me get the needles clacking, and I’m glad to say that I’m into my last 50gm ball, so officially into the last third of my scarf. Joy! Unfortunately, do you remember MONTHS ago I had that accident with a car when I was out running? And the lady opened her car door right onto the footpath without even thinking that someone might be walking (or in my case running at full speed) on the footpath and I ended up with the corner of her car door slamming into my right shoulder? (Ooh, just typing this is making me a bit angry!) Well, it’s taking forever to heal, and the other morning I was doing yoga and I felt, in adho mukha svanasana those muscles rip just a little bit and now it’s all sore again which means I need to go easy on the knitting. *sigh* that does not make me happy! So I’m taking it slow, but keeping the scarf on my side table so if I’m tempted to do a few rows of SOMETHING, it’ll be the scarf that gets knitted! Anyway, enough about sore arms, I don’t like complaining on my blog, not when there are far too many fun things to concentrate on instead!
Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike, the trip KB and I took to the Botanics today! And guess what we found? I know you Northern Hemispherers will like it……..
Signs of Autumn!
It’s only just beginning to change, but change it is! We popped in there with the plan to photograph the scarf I finished last week, that has been sitting on my wool pile next to my chair since! Before I tried the Japanese Flower scarf, I wanted to try a motif that was smaller and more flexible in order to make it into a scarfey scarf instead of a shawl, so hunted through one of my favourite books by Edie Eckman “Beyond the Square” and decided on Motif 36. I made it as multi-coloured as I could (!) and halfway through, decided to turn it into a present for the lovely Sally, my supervisor (it’s a counselling thing) who is having a special birthday this month…. I’m hoping she likes it…. I’m not 100% sold on it, so you’ll have to let me know, crap present or awesome present?
While the motif is not as beautiful as the japanese flower motif, it has a nice drape and the colours are wintery and should go with anything! Want to know a secret? KB got so frustrated with me pulling stupid self-conscious faces while she took these photos, she actually stamped her foot! oooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!
How terribly sad is this business with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? Oh my goodness, it is just too much… There is so much change happening in the world right now, politically, geologically, personally… I really feel like there is so much new energy coming into the world, and despite all of the terrible things that are happening, I am also seeing us working together, and feeling compassion for each other. I know that the love, positive thoughts, care and abundance that flowed into New Zealand after the Christchurch earthquake has affected me deeply and definitely made me more compassionate towards the rest of the world…. I cared before, but now I care on a much deeper heart level and less on a ‘thought’ level and I wonder if anyone ‘gets’ what I’m saying? Much love goes out from me to the people of Japan and families of visitors to Japan, I wonder how they will rebuild, what will stay the same? What will they do differently?
OK then, I’m off… it’s coming towards late afternoon and I’m managing to do some pain-free hooking that is thrilling me! It’s all blocking in the sunshine, so I had to save it for a post during the week, and can’t wait to show you what I’ve been finding much enjoyment in.
Wishing you a beautiful and safe rest of your weekend,
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX