Summer has arrived with a full blast of hot weather here in Cincinnati. Charley and I have an early morning walk, quickly pull of some weeds afterwards in the garden and than the rest of the day is spend in the indoor air conditioned haven at home. Indeed…this is not my favorite weather. So I turn to books and knitting for comfort.
I thoroughly enjoy this book about the history of knitting. I love domestic history. I find it intriguing and inspiring to see how people coped and the beautiful things they made with limited tools (compared to modern times) and why it was made. I thought, I already knew quite a lot about the history of knitting but I was delighted to find more details and folk tales I never heard of.
I finished these gorgeous socks. Loved the pattern which I found in this beautiful book.
Definitely will knit more of these!
I made two dolls too: the yellow one was requested by the Oldest Young Mr. Walker to give to a colleague who expects her first baby (ahw) and the pink one goes to a sweet little girl in Texas.
These funky boot liners are for a funky teenager in Texas.
And when my hands get too sweaty for knitting, I go back to reading. The House of Seven Cables is a wonderful example of Victorian Gothic writing. And I have a little crush on Henri David Thoreau at the moment..well who wouldn’t after reading his poetic writings about nature: ” The earth I tread on is not a dead, inert mass. It is a body, has a spirit, is organic, and fluid to the influence of its spirit, and to whatever particle of that spirit is in me.” ( from: ‘Wood-Notes Wild) Sigh…
So back to knitting. And crochet. I started a little cardigan in crochet with this beautiful soft merino and silk blend. Now I am very tall so I have to adjust most patterns. When I was almost finished, I discovered I made a big mistake, I needed to do it all over again and I needed more yarn. Alas not available anymore. You can imagine my sour faced grumbling. However…cliche, cliche…every cloud has its silver lining. I found this wonderful pattern on one of my favorite knitting blogs and the yarn is perfect for it. What a joy this knitting is!!!
I have my Ninja Needles in full swing, because I dream of wearing this beautiful shawl when traveling with our friends by the end of the summer….can you guess where? These friends are from The Netherlands and I just send this magazine…
And indeed knitting is everywhere!! Mr. Walker and I went to Circe de Soleil in Columbus, Ohio last Saturday. In the gift shop I saw this intriguing artful knitwear. How beautiful and skillful!
And I have not enough words to describe the show: Magical, Breathtaking, Oh the Costumes, Scary Beyond Believe, Endearing…I better leave you with a little clip.
Volop zomer in Cincinnati met erg heet weer! Dus lekker in huis met airco, boeken en breien.
Meneer Walker en ik zijn ook naar Circe de Soleil geweest, zelfs daar wordt gebreid. Bijzonder fraai en kunstzinnig. Ik raad je aan naar t clipje te kijken want ik heb niet genoeg woorden om t beschrijven hoe FANTASTISCH het was!
Have a Great Weekend!
Love and Liefs, Johanna