Spinzilla arrived in the wee hours of the night on October 5th and I got off to a slow start as I was in Michigan until Tuesday night visiting this little bundle of joy.
“Beware the ides of March.” William Shakespeare
The Ides of March are upon us and with each passing day, the grasp that winter has on us loosens. The Snowdrops outside my back door are bravely baring their blossoms to the hints of warmer weather that have coaxed them forth. They have a sense of urgency…
It has almost been 5 months since my last blog post. Five very long months that included me traveling back to Michigan to see my kids, some more knitting for a friend, some personal knitting for myself, some Christmas knitting, and a little tiny bit of Beginning Spinning teaching at my LYS.
Many things to fill the days and none of them having much to do with writing or blogging, which feels very much like failure when I look at my blog. I like to think that the process of blogging activates my brain and encourages me to write creatively. Sad that I so easily let this fall by the wayside.
The New Year came with no list of resolutions for me, at least nothing specific or defined – a purposeful decision on my part. No resolution, no failure – a simple, yet very motivating factor. Rather, my goals this year are simple – Be Healthy, Be Happy, Read More, and Learn More.
Cla·do·nia noun kləˈdōnyə, -nēə : a genus (the type of the family Cladoniaceae) of lichens characterized by its crustose plant body and capitate fruiting bodies borne in simple or branched podetia
I am not sure if this is what Kirsten Kapur had in her mind’s eye when she designed Cladonia, but I would like to think so. As this shawl is built one band of color upon the previous – like a log, split in half and laid open for all to see with the Cladonia growing neatly from her surface. The lace work edging gives the shawl an ethereal covering on the bands of solid color – they compliment each other off wonderfully.
I am helping a friend with a wee bit of knitting – joyful knitting because all the patterns are from one of my very favorite designers. Add to this the yarns I am using are brand new yarns – and I am indeed filled with exuberance.