Sunday, April 27, 2008

I May Be Knitting These For My Grandchildren

So I've been pondering how realistic the size of my Ravelry queue is. Which currently numbers 344 (that's including my 'Favorites' which I've already confessed are queued projects in disguise). I did a little math. I'm 28 years old now. If I live to be 88 years old, which is a completely realistic expectation considering the women in my family tend to last until their late 90's, that gives me 60 years of knitting time. According to my calculator, that means I only need to knit 5.73 projects a year in order to complete everything in my queue. Totally do-able if you ask me! But it also occurred to me that when I'm in my later years, I may no longer have the body to wear some of the projects:

Those are four of my favorites from Kim Hargreaves new book, Nectar, that went on sale a few days ago.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Ripples

They say that good deeds come back to you. And while I don't think this should be one's motivation to do good, I have to say that it's certainly a pleasant plus side. I went to the post office on Tuesday and discovered a card in my P.O. box. The return address was that of Judith, the winner of the Contest Of Kindness. I could see a lump in the envelope, and my curiosity got the best of me. I opened it right on the mail sorting table. Enclosed were four beautiful handmade (by Judith) stitch markers and a card with a sweet handwritten note.

It was completely unexpected and really made my day. Thank you, Judith! :)

My mind keeps wandering back to this whole subject of consciously making an effort to do nice things for others. I confess I feel somewhat reluctant to keep blogging about it for fear of being labeled "sappy". But at least for today, I've come to the conclusion that this blog is my space, which means I can write about anything I choose.

I've been thinking about the ripple effect of our actions. The idea that you never can tell how far the effect of those actions will reach. It intrigues me to mentally chew on the fact that whoever that anonymous person was that shoveled the snow off of my steps could have had no idea that I would blog about it, and hold a contest that inspired others to look for the opportunity to help others, who may have in turn been inspired themselves. Who's to say where it ends? Who would have thought that shoveling steps would result in two complete strangers sending each other hand crafted gifts? Can the smallest of actions have significant consequences in the long run? I believe so. And there's a whole theory built around just that idea - the butterfly effect. If this is a subject that interests you, follow the link. I think we often feel overwhelmed and powerless when we look at all the things that could use improvement in the world. But I think we each have so much more power than we realize. If you think about any positive change that has occurred over the course of history, you'll see that in most cases the change came about from the culmination of many small actions.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Slowly But Surely

The Child's Classic Ribbed Cardi is coming along. All pieces have been blocked, the raglan shoulder seams sewn, and what you see below are the button bands in progress (well, one of them anyway).

And because I'm endlessly amused by the photo editor, here's a bonus shot:

As soon as this is completed, I need to finish up the Mini Sweater quick-like. We won't dwell on the fact that I'm finishing two sweaters just as the temperatures are climbing into the 70's. I was wise enough to factor growing room into Sophie's, and I don't think I'll be growing too much before next fall. I'm already prowling around for some summer projects to cast on next. This is one that's being considered (scroll down to the Summertime Tunic). But more specifically, I'm pretty enamored with Knitterella's version that used cute fabric straps.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

And the winner is............

GAH! Good thing I never aspired to be a hand model.

Congratulations Judith! And you're a very thoughtful friend, tanyatho of Ravelry for entering on her behalf. I'll be contacting you through Ravelry just as soon as this is posted. Thanks again to everyone who participated. It's been fun. :)