It is wisdom to know the cycles of life and where any particular circumstance that we are involved in stands on the curve. If we want to perpetuate something, we should join it to new growth to compound our progress. If we want to destroy something, we need only lead it to its extreme, for all things decline after their zenith. Den Ming-Dao
My stash spring cleaning last week got me thinking alot about excesses, and left me feeling unsettled all week. When I do something, I have a tendency to jump in with both feet and am frequently led by impulse.....not always a great combination. In reading my Tao Daily Meditations book, I read the above quote during one of those introspective moments. I realized that in my tendency to carry things to an extreme, whether it be fiber, spending, food, etc...what I am doing in reality is setting myself up to self destruct, because it is all too much. Now, I know that sounds somewhat exaggerated, but in looking around my house and what I have amassed, in both fiber, fiber tools, rabbits, books and my never ending inability to say no to myself, what I see, is that I am going around in circles with so much to do, but never getting anywhere, but larger.
So, over the next few months, I am going to seriously lighten my load here and simplify my life a bit. Perhaps with less on my plate, I will actually accomplish more. I will always keep my wheels and my loom as they give me great pleasure, each in a different way, but the stashes of fiber are going. I am also going to re-evaluate my rabbits here. By thinning out the numbers, I think that I will actually get more usable fiber, because shearing time will be easier all around.
I am also going to try to stay more focused on projects as I mentioned in my last post.
My nemesis right now is the X and O vest from Folk Vests. I love this vest, but, the yarn has made the process less than fun. I find black abbey yarn to be very hard on the hands, even though I love the vest done up in it. This pattern has you work the entire body up to the armholes, on a 25 inch needle. I finally broke down and got a 32 inch turbo needle
which did help to move it along much quicker. The yarn gives fabulous definition to the cables and seed stitch, I can see why it was the yarn that was chosen in the book for the pattern...........but if I were to do it again, I think I might go with something a bit softer. At the SPA weekend, I saw a woman with this vest done up in Peace Fleece and it was lovely.
Can you tell the error that I made where the arrows are pointing? It is an easy one to miss and because I didn't notice it myself until I was a good 3 inches above it..............and because I couldn't bear to knit it all over again, I decided that it was a mistake that I could live with.....could you?
Hey.............how come Mum is on the outside and we are in here?? Little does Breeze realize, her days of stretching outside the whelping box are quickly coming to an end. The puppies have discovered that there are some exciting happenings on the other-side of that box. One by one, they have jumped, climbed and scratched their way over..........PLOP........out they come!!
FREEDOM!!! We are out!!..........What an experience it is to watch puppies on their first venture out of the whelping box..it is too funny to watch them slip and slide all over the floor. It is such a different texture than the woolies that they have been walking and crawling on. It takes them a good amount of sliding backwards before they finally can get their feet underneath themselves...LOL
Normally, I have the puppies out of the box before this, but with the cold weather and this little girl's very slow start, I feel that she needs the extra warmth from the smaller, closer, confined area. Usually they go into a big pen in the kitchen, but I just may set that pen up in the living-room where it is alot warmer for a week before moving it into the kitchen. Mouse still shivers from the cold, which tells me it is just a wee bit too soon for her.
Of course, the rest of them really are ready to make the move. They are getting fat and rambunctious. Their teeth are in and they are terrorizing each other. I have made their box a little more interesting for them, by adding toys......some that that make noise, some that are big enough to climb on and some for chewing, so that they don't chew on each other quite so much. Those sharp little teeth hurt when they play fight with each other.
A day in the life of a 4 week old puppy!
Secret Pal 4
These last 2 secret pals have been fun as well as international for me! My last secret pal was from Germany. How fun!
Ariane sent some lovely soft spring green Berger de France yarn, that should make a lovely something for my youngest daughter or granddaughter, some cute little puppy bones, a great sheepie pen and a knitting tool for making i-cords that my daughter has already claimed for herself. Also included was an Elle magazine in French........hmmm.........I am putting my 4 years of highschool french to use....LOL!
Thanks Secret Pal!!