“Letting go is the lesson. Letting go is always the lesson. Have you ever noticed how much of our agony is all tied up with craving and loss?”
― Susan Gordon Lydon, The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice
I know, I talk a lot about knitting. But I love knitting, it is my yoga. I am a happy, down to earth person but not a calm and sedate one ;0) However, when I sit down and my hands make the gentle movements that connect all those loops into fabric, I am at peace with myself and the world. I feel connected with history, with folk tales, with the animals that give us the yarns. Years ago, I had a horrible job and I could handle the stress of it by simply knitting in my head the most complicated patterns and ‘let all pass me by’.
So you can understand, how happy I was knitting this wonderful pattern with this beautiful yarn. Katie Davies, the designer told us she is quite short. So, with me being very tall, I thought it was a good thing that with the yarn I had, I had to go a needle size up. My goodness, I needed the double mattress in the spare room to block it!!
Charley and I can snuggle up together in it. It is clear my Darling Girl appreciates the qualities of fine merino and silk.
I often give away what I knit but this shawl, I will keep;0)
However, I noticed I had few finished projects in my studio that have not found a home yet. Very unusual for me, I must say. I do not like clutter.
I really enjoy my blog and all the people that make an effort and come for visits and chitchats. So I have decided to give these three items away amongst you all and I hope that you will like what you see.
This blue shawl is a so called Sontag. I knitted it for a re-enactment from a Civil War scene. Sally, my lovely sixties dress doll, shows how you can wear it with modern clothing. It is knitted in lovely merino and will keep you warm on the coldest nights of winter.
This is a tea cozy, I knitted it a few years ago to enter in a competition. It is vintage pattern, the pleats are quite hard to knit but it makes an excellent cozy to keep pot and tea warm. It did not win a prize…my friend knitted a cozy that looked like carrousel with little horses and all.
And Charley, my perfect model, shows this ‘slouchy beanie’. ( an older photo indeed, she still has two eyes there) It was great knitting with perfect yarn (also soft merino) in front of the TV. I always have different projects on the go: Knitting for in the car (small) ,knitting for in front of the TV (easy) and a good challenging ‘do-not-talk-to-me-until-I-have-finsihed-my-row’ project.
So…just drop me line about what you would like, where ever you are in the world. If there are more than one that yearn for one of the items, I will do a raffle. You can enter until next week Thursday, the 23rd of July.
Breien op zijn best: deze prachtige shawl! Ik was helemaal Zen gedurende t hele project. Ik geef vaak weg wat ik brei, maar deze blijft van mij ;0)
Wel verloot ik deze drie items..de blauwe omslagdoek, the theemuts en de echte muts.
Als jij graag een van deze items wil hebben dan laat maar gewoon een berichtje achter. Mochten er meer gegadigden zijn, dan verloot ik het. Mee doen kan tot donderdag, 23 juli.
Have a great weekend.
Love and Liefs, Johanna