Lately: Looking for Sunshine, Yoga Knitting, and More…

 

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“It is a serious thing //just to be alive / on this fresh morning / in this broken world.”
― Mary Oliver, Red Bird

The Oldest Walker Boy send me this beautiful photo of the view from his office in Toronto. The sun broke through glorious.

At the moment, sunshine is a bit of a rare commodity here and it almost seems to reflect the state of the world we are in right now. Its hard, very hard not to be weighed down by the daily news I find. I am not going to discuss that, this blog is not about politics and the likes. But I find it difficult to make a post about my important nothings. However I am going to because I need to. We all need to find things that replenish our energy and make us keep going on doing what we believe in..right?

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Here you see a moment of sunshine in my living room…


I tidied up my card rack after Christmas. I love my card rack. It reminds me of lovely people and the beauty of great images. This year’s Christmas cards will not be discarded, they find their way as book markers  and make me smile every time I pick up a book and I read a lot of books!  


I baked scones and drank tea and lit so many candles on days the sun is hiding.


Lots of comfort yoga knitting too! These slippers looked so funny when they came fresh from the needle but they look so dainty when on the foot! Pattern here.


Finished my summer bag! I repurposed one of Mr. Walker nice cotton shirts. He wears them to work and when too old for wearing, I use the nice fabrics for all kinds. In this case, I lined the bag cleverly (if I may say so myself) with the breast pocket part so I have a nice inside pocket without any difficulty. There was a some yarn left for a little pouch for my shopping cards. Raveled it here.

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I picked up the “from the top down cardigan” again. I am not very patient with bigger projects. But we are getting there.

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And I started knitting a blanket!! The perfect project for me. Little squares in a wonderful lace pattern. It’s called the Tulip…ahw, the national flower from The Netherlands ;o) BTW the gorgeous deep purple yarn is a blend of merino and possum, send to me as a present all the way from New Zealand by my friends from Union Homestead…finally found a purpose for the beautiful and to me unusual yarn. Its so soft!!!

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And the ultimate “comfort food”: finding a new perfect fitting dress!!! This is better than pizza and chocolate!! What are the odds of finding my favorite kind of dress in a perfect size: a 100% wool jumper dress, in a second hand store…it was never worn, the label was still on it. I paid $12.- dollar. (And keep in mind, I am a royal 6ft+, finding clothes that fit , is a serious undertaking!) If you heard some yodeling…it was me!!! And I apologize for this selfie…I send it even to my sons that’s how happy I was. They were good natured about it, bless them!!

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Och hemel, t lijkt allemaal wat grijs: ‘t weer, ‘t nieuws. Dat laatste ga ik niet bespreken want deze blog gaat niet over politiek. Maar t maakt me wel somber en ik vind t moeilijk om over gezellige niemendalletjes te babbelen. Toch ik ga t wel doen, want ik heb  iets nodig om vergane energie weer aan te vullen…dat hebben we allemaal nodig toch?
Dus mooie momenten van zonneschijn vanuit t kantoor van mijn oudste zoon en in onze woonkamer. Ik word ook blij van gezellige kaartjes en als ze niet op t rek hangen dan worden t boekenleggers. Heel veel breien en kopjes thee en kaarsjes en lekkere warme scones. En och hemel…als je luid gejodel hoorde…dat was ik in mijn nieuwe jurk. Past perfect , ondanks mijn lengte, en nog een koopje ook. Dat is zelfs een selfie waard!! (Met excuses)

Love and Liefs, Johanna

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100 thoughts on “Lately: Looking for Sunshine, Yoga Knitting, and More…

  1. You look truly happy in your wonderful new dress! And I agree needing lots of sunshine at this moment in time…
    I finally came round to knit something else than just scares an hard and just completed my second pair of socks! You’ve been a real source of inspiration to me 😄

  2. Oh, I know just how you feel during this terrible time. On my blog I only occasionally dip into politics for the reasons you mentioned. While not turning our backs on the world, we need to find every bit of beauty and comfort we can. Thanks so much for this post!

  3. No cute drawings but this post was still full of sunshine. I’m running short of solar power too. I get no light in my home. 😦 Your knitting is beautiful. You can do such lovely patterns with knitting that I don’t think you can do with crochet. That jumper is AWESOME on you. I would be lost wearing anything without pockets but the line on that jumper is perfect. You look wonderful in it.

    • Oh Marlene I am reading this with flapping ears with joy!! You always say such nice things!!! My crocheting never went beyond the granny square but I do have a friend who makes wonderful garments with crochet!

      • I made a granny square blanket for both my children. It took almost 15 years to get my son’s done. Lots of distractions. 😦 His quilt took a month. 🙂 If I had know that knitting would be so pretty, I might have given it a try.

    • I wish i could do quilting…tried it several times, but no. So I always keep my eyes open at thrift stores for quilts…and feel so guilty for paying tuppence for them. All that work that has gone into it!!

      • Some are better than others. I’m not very good at it and having a harder time as the time goes on. I would dearly love to have it come easy to me. The desire is there, just not the skill. If no one looks closely, they pass. I do it for the companionship of other women. Quilters are very kind women as a rule.

  4. Busy hands are necessary. And yours have been very busy!
    I’m a big fan of small things that add up to something large, being a person of short attention span.
    And what a beautiful window! (K)

  5. My goodness those slippers! ❤ And you, looking so regally fabulous in your $12 dress. In my heart I'm a 6ft Valkyrie and we could be twins…… Let's not discuss reality at all today 🙂 The blanket pattern also gets a big thumbs up! It seems to me you are spending the dull days of winter in exactly the right way!

  6. The slippers – they are like a little puzzle! I love them. And I think ordinary everyday things are what life is made of. If we can get the little things right, bigger ones have a better chance of being so, maybe?

  7. I love the blanket design but when I looked it up they said it was a bit harder than it looked. Do you think someone who hasn’t done lace could do it? Your yarn colors are magnificent as well as your new dress.

    • Tricky question: you need to know how to do yo, ssk, k2tog and s2k1psso. In itself lace is not hard to do, and the advantage of this pattern is that it is on a bigger needle size and the lace pattern is only on the rs, the ws is all purl. I don’t find it a difficult pattern but you need to stay focused on the rs rows, its hard to memorize. I wrote the lace rows out on a card, and I count the rows with a counter, so I can easily track where I am.
      If this is daunting, try and find first an easy pattern with lace like this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/feather–fan-dishcloth
      Hopefully this was helpful? I like knitting questions. Cynthia, do you have a blog?

      • Thank you very much for this, Johanna. I’m going to fool around with the pattern and see what happens. No, I don’t have a blog. I found your blog through Kaggsy’s. I love everything you do. I weave and knit but not like the blogsters. Oh and I am tall also. But only 5’9″ and probably getting shorter as I age. I can’t wait to see how your blanket turns out. Please post it when you finish.

        Stay well. Cynthia

      • I do hope you will start a blog, because now I am curious: weaving and knitting. I find it encouraging to have blog, especially for my drawing since that is a challenging learning curve. If you have more questions than please ask! And when you start a blog, let me know for sure!!! Good luck and thank you so much for your kind comments. Xo

  8. Well, I certainly enjoyed this post. I love the slippers and I will attempt the pattern. I know how to knit but not how to taper or change widths, BUT I just bought a book on knitting from the public library. I can learn! Grandma always made us knit slippers when we were kids and I have fond memories of that, but I like your design much better than the one with the pom-poms.
    The jumper is wonderful, very versatile and looks great on you. I like your living room and the mid-century furniture. And, I am always happy to see Charlie. Using a man’s shirt with the pocket positioned in the right spot on your cool bag…brilliant.
    Ginene

  9. I love your knitting projects, (merino and possum wool from NZ …. divine!) and also your card rack…what a great idea to display and store cards, so often they are the very things we want to keep. I’ll try to find one like that. I also love your dogs, and still miss ours!

  10. Johanna, this was balm for the soul! Thank you! I love your blanket squares, and especially the idea that someone spun possum fur. And I’m so glad you found the jumper treasure. Any more, well-fitting clothing is hard to find, even if you’re only 5 feet 8 inches, like me!

  11. Sending you some of the sunshine we had to day! 🌞💕 It felt so good! Even my cat found a warm spot outside to soak it up. 😊 I enjoyed seeing all your projects and that beautiful photo of you! YAY for bargains and even a bigger bonus one finds something that fits! 💐 Hugs to you! ❤❤❤

  12. I love this post, Johanna! You’ve included a little of everything. I can’t think of anything but eating scones, now, so yeah. Thanks for that…. Your jumper dress looks so warm and cozy and comfy. And I think the blanket of lacy tulips will be a beauty. Charley looks like she has ideas for the sweater. Or maybe she just wants to make a run for it with a ball of yarn!

  13. This is such a comforting post Johanna! Perhaps the thought that you have cheered up so many of us may make you a little happier? You are so skillful and make so many lovely things and that jumper dress – wow! What a bargain and don’t you look fabulous!

  14. Dear Johanna, I can completely relate to how you are feeling. So many worrisome things happening around us. I feel the heartbreak, too. But you are so right that we must do the things that replenish us and give us strength at difficult times. Which brings me to comment on that beautiful picture that your son took. How lovely your home is, I just smile every time I see pictures of it. Finally, that is such a gorgeous dress, and looks wonderful on you! I’ve been looking for a beautiful knit dress, and it looks like you found it instead! 🙂 And only $12… what a score!!! I get excited about these kinds of things, too. Have a good week. Xoxo

  15. The dress looks great on you,and the knitted slippers are adorable! My goodness, you’ve been busy. This post truly added some sweet “sunshine” to my blog reading today, Johanna. Thanks for that!

  16. I love seeing you and all your lovely creations and rays of sunshine! Thank you for such an uplifting post! I’m an inch shorter than you my dear Johanna! xoxo

  17. All these tall women. Me, I’m a lowly 5ft 7in, 170cm!! The midget. Ha! 😁
    I bet you’re the best dressed knitter in your street. Charley wants to help you, I’d say. Yay. 😇
    Do you have a knitters group that meets regularly?
    You have a lovely home, befitting a genuinely lovely person.
    Love those cute slippers. 😍

    • Thank you so much Bruce!! Actually most of the furniture is from yard sales and the likes..but the house itself was a very lucky find. We moved so many times but this house I would regret parting with.

  18. Well done on finding your perfect dress – it looks great on you.
    I love those tulip squares and have downloaded the pattern from Ravelry – whether I’ll ever get round to it I don’t know. The colours you are using are divine.
    Don’t feel bad about sharing your ‘important nothings’ – we all have them and, no matter what’s happening in the world, we all need them too.

  19. Normalcy, that’s what’s in short supply now. Your post provides it in abundance, though, Thank you, Johanna. Oh, and the living room full of sun, love that photo. The sun has been ducking in and out around here a little more than usual for us as well this year. However, we’ve needed the rain and snow so I won’t complain. 😀

  20. We must balance out with all the horrendous news around us with some lightness and laughter or we will all gradually go mad! So, thank you for sharing some of the beauty from your life. Those blanket squares are gorgeous–and merino and possum? Sweet.

  21. “This broken world,” indeed! I think you know how much I am struggling with things right now, too, so this post and all your pretty and important things AND your smiling face all came as welcome diversions from my glum thoughts! Your world looks so peaceful, calm, and tidy (not to mention furry!) Hugs to you and Charley, Johanna!

  22. So much goodness!
    I share your thoughts about sunshine (both real and metaphorical) and important nothings. I’m so glad you’re sharing yours, though: a very welcome read these days!

  23. As long as there are people like you Johanna, the joy and sunshine never completely disappear from our world. 🙂
    There are too many great things in this post, therefore I mention only that:
    • your living room is so beautiful and cozy.
    • the scones are looking so delicious. I love them with tasty herb butter… 😛 I feel hungry now. 😀
    • there’s no need to apologize about selfie. You look wonderful!

  24. Love your knitted slippers! They do look really delicate on 😊 Your home is beautiful. It has such a feeling of calmness. And I so understand your dress dilemma being a tall lady myself. Knee length dresses can become mini skirts and I only ever found two dresses that fitted perfectly all the way down to the floor and one of those was my wedding dress ha ha 😄 Have a lovely week x

  25. What a lovely blog! I enjoyed reading my first post and will return for more. Knitting, tea, scones, books…my kind of world. I also use cards as book marks. It is fun to run across them. I also have used photos but only in books that I am sure to retain. It’s a sunny day in Portland which is a treat!

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