Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Small miracles

It’s beautiful here today. The forecast called for rain, which is uncommon in June, but instead we've had puffy clouds and sporadic sunshine.

The lavender is looking especially fine today.

Caught a picture of this little junco romping across the lawn. (Do birds romp? This one seemed to.)

I think Charlie may have spotted it from the window ... he's got his fangs out. Actually, I'm not sure if he's threatening the bird or crying for me to open the door and let him out. Maybe a little of both.

Last night I knit this wash cloth while watching the DVD, He’s Just Not That Into You, (which was really cute) and then this morning started my very first crochet border. I'm a self-taught crocheter and not very good at it, so the border felt like something of a small miracle. It's imperfect, but that's okay.

Are you wondering how I learned this fantastic technique? Probably not, you've probably been crocheting for ages! But let me tell you. A couple days ago, on my way to the dentist to have a crown replaced (ick), a had this little intuitive flash to go to the library and look in the DVD section. At first I thought, how silly, I have Netflix, why in the world would I get a DVD from the library?

Well, this little flash happened three or four more times, so I decided to go to the library and check it out. And guess what I found? Instructional DVD’s on how to knit and crochet! Woo hoo! Finally I can learn some new techniques without having to go to a class.

I’m getting better and better at paying attention to those intuitive nudges. Things always turn out well when I do.

This is my other work-in-progress.

It’s still a fledgling, but when it grows up, it’s supposed to look like this, from the Louisa Harding book, Knitting Little Luxuries.

If you knit or crochet, please check out the Cosy Crochet and Knitting Swap over at
A Country Dream . Melanie is accepting names until June 15th, and it sounds like great fun.


Lisa said...

The flowers are just beautiful, lavender is my favorite plant. I can't get enough of it, too bad my husband is allergic. ;(

Cute little junco and cute little Charlie, even with the fangs showing.

Lisa :)

Rachel said...

Beautiful pictures. We're finally getting some green and flowers here - even the lilacs are blooming!

I never learned to crochet. Three friends tried to teach me at different times but I just never caught on to it. In fact, I had a beautiful crochet book and, after hoarding it for 15 years and knowing I'd never use it, I finally gave it away this morning to a lady at work. She burst into tears. I guess her mother used to do filet crochet and that's what the book was about. Her mom died a couple of weeks ago. I didn't mean to make her cry... I was trying to be nice. No, she appreciated the book; it was just one of those twinges of grief.

Anyway... I love the bag. I can't wait to see the finished product!

Joshy and belle said...

the lavender is so pretty, we used to have tons of it in a garden years ago, i used to pick it and let it scent the house, make into bath stuff, little hearts, it was lovely. I've joined the crochet swap too, my first blog swap!! exciting!!
thanks for such a lovely comment on my blog,
felicity xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning the swap, the dvds look great, I have 2 crcohet and knitting dvd's waiting to be watched, your crochet is really good, I'm loving it. xxxx

woollywotnots said...

I'm really interested in your DVDs. Do you have a link to where they can be purchased?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sending me the links Stacy, my DVDs arrived today, ordered from Amazon and I'm thrilled! Can't wait to start.

Stacy said...

You're welcome, Katharine! I hope you like the DVD's.