Tuesday, July 22, 2014

start again

Dear ace,

It is one of those perfect summer nights where red and gold fade to peach and violet, and the hazy lilac light lingers forever in the trees.  It is a comfortable 81F (27C) and thoughts of snow are far, far away.  

The cat is nosing around, looking for a cool spot.  The humidity is low and the night is quiet.  There is so much for which one can be grateful, including your not-crash-landing in Chicago. What a hair-raising experience!  I’m not ready for The Mindful Sheep - or the thread between us -- to end just yet. 

But how do I go forward now, with our long-dormant blog?  

Start again.

The knitter’s battle cry of never give up.  

Rip it, and start again.

Which is exactly what I’m going to do with the self-indulgence sweater.  Those stripes just have to be vertical!  Kaffee Fasset comes off the shelf, and pretty soon I will start on a side-to-side pattern.

Now here is a laugh --something I found at the supermarket in Germany! Someone thought this was a good idea. The customers did not agree, since these are already in the mark-down bin.  Maybe it’s the colorway the candlemaker chose, or maybe the whole concept of knitted candles.  I’d definitely start again!

Knitted Candles - Leipzig, Germany


For another mind-blowing knitting reframe, check out the photos my IG friend Simon sent me last April, around Easter -- yes, that is giant knitting, in the middle of the sanctuary of Renfield St. Stephen's in Glasgow. 























Now that summer is here, the congregation has a huge communal French-knitting project -- called Peacemakers -- going through August.  Simon sent some wonderful photos (I love the one with the person just entering the sanctuary) and a great video.  I really hope we get to see the end result! 

















Simon says he works literally under the church, which sounds a bit weird and tomblike until you realize the building is a big complex which includes a conference center, a cafe, and is home to a number of outreach organizations, including Simon’s, Headway Glasgow.     Headway Glasgow provides information, resources, group support, activities and encouragement to brain-injured people, allowing them to start again.

A big, heartfelt thank you to Simon, and to Rev. Peter Gardner and his wife Heidi, for allowing us to post their inspiring work.  They literally weave the community together in so many ways,

We take so much for granted, ace, and we just shouldn’t. You certainly made that clear in your writing blog -- nothing like near-death to clarify one’s priorities!  So let us, too, start again.  I look forward to your next Sheepy post!

Love,
~dxz