Sunday




"Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?"
-Tao Te Ching

Wednesday


“The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.”      
-Jon Kabat-Zinn







The air is noticeably colder here now, especially in the late evenings and early mornings. I picked a bouquet of wildflowers yesterday, still some to be found but far less than just a week back in time.
I also finished my Camilla Shawl yesterday, it was such an enjoyable knit and i am, as i always am when i knit a Madder knit pattern: very happy with the finished piece. I have actually been quite an effective knitter lately. Not only have i finshed the shawl but i have also started on my next project, the Imogen Cowl by Madder. I have been wanting to knit the Imogen Cowl for a loooooong time and since i was generously given the perfect yarn for making a summer version of it by my kind friend Anu it was no reason to wait any longer...*smiling... She gifted me some skeins of Quince & Co's gorgeous organic linen yarn Sparrow (the yarn in the pictures)- thank you my dear Anu!

Now it is only 6 days until my dear friend Nausika is coming to visit, yes i am eagerly counting down the days...*smiling!


A few likes and loves:
-the GORGEOUS Blue Naive giveaway at Melody's blog!
-Elisabeth's blog Rosa + Eple, i LOVE the atmosphere that this lovely woman  shares through her pictures and words. I wish that you all could understand Norwegian because i just know that you would have loved it just as much as i do...*smiling...
-Maegan's August Mantra article.
-Reading writings by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Henry David Thoreau, so interesting and meaningful.


“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”      
-Henry David Thoreau

Monday

A blog hop post


Thank you dear Lotte for inviting me to participate in this blog hop, it has been interesting for me to think through these questions and it was also so very nice for me to read your blog hop post...to get to know a bit more about you! Here are my answers to the questions:




What am i working on:
I have just started on knitting a shawl by my favourite knit pattern designer Madder/Carrie Bostick Hoge. It is the Camilla Shawl from her just released Anthology 1 Ebook. The yarn i am using for this one is Rios from Malabrigo, such a heavenly yarn. As soon as i have found the suitable grey yarn i will also start on one more piece from this same Ebook from Madder, the Sibella Cardigan. I LOVE the Frost Flowers design that Carrie has used on both her Sibella and Imogen/Immie knit patterns, it is fun to work on and it looks so beautiful.
Usually i have two knitting projects going on at the same time: one that are of the more easy and fast kind and also one that are more demanding and time consuming. This is because i like to have a simple project that i am able to knit on when i am together with other people, while i am at a cafè or while listening to an audiobook or watching a movie. When i am alone and have it silent around me i mostly prefer to knit on something that are more complicated, were i need to stay more focused and consentrated.
Lately i have been thinking a lot about stranded color work. I have very little experience with it but find it very beautiful so i would definitely have liked to get better at it. Maybe something for the coming winter months.


The Imogen Tee
 
 
How does my work differs from others in it's genre:
I am not a professional maker (or designer) in any genre but to create something with my hands IS essential to me. Since i always use other peoples knit patterns/design when i knit something the final result will not differ a lot from other projects made after the same knit pattern. BUT the individual chosing of colors and fibers/yarns will of course add a personal touch to it and also make the final result different from someone elses because of the individual taste one has. Now i am also confident enough to do some simple changes to a knit pattern if i for example want it longer, shorter, wider and so on.
In the past i have also done some sewing of (very simple) clothes, crocheting and a little bit of weaving but it is definitely knitting that i enjoy the most and do almost daily. I would have liked to learn more about weaving though, maybe i will attend a course in the future.
Last summer i learned solar dyeing of yarn and it was very interesting, simple and fun. Since i am a nature lover the whole process of solar dyeing felt extra exciting and meaningful to me. I hugely enjoyed everything in this process: from learning which plants that were suitable, to go out in nature and pick the plants that i wanted to use and to follow the magical process of colors being released from the plants and adding colors to the yarn.
Several years back i followed a pottery course and that is definitely something that i would have liked to do more of too. I so enjoyed working with this medium, clay and porcelain, such a good chemistry between us...*smiling...


The Rios yarn by Malabrigo that i use on my current knitting project, the Camilla Shawl
 

Why do i create what i do:
A few years back i got physically ill and this changed my daily life a lot. Suddenly i was forced to live in a very slow pace and most of the daily things/activities that i had done before were too much for my body. After a while the need of creating something, being useful, grow stronger and stronger and knitting became the answer. I am so grateful for the healing, happiness, company and meaning that knitting has brought into a very challenging period of my life.




How does my creative process work:
My creative process are influenced by several things. Like how good my health are, which season it is and if i find myself easely inspired or not. In other words it varies but since creating is so essential to me there isn't a day were i don't "connect" with the creative. There are a lot of ordinary daily things that offers the possibility of creating something with ones hands. It can be something as simple as picking a bouquet of wild flowers to decorate our home with, or to bake a pie or make a colorful and tasty meal. But i have to add that there isn't a lot of days that you don't find me doing a bit of knitting....*laughing..


In this blog hop i have invited two lovely and inspiring women that i admire a lot, both through what they create and who their are as a person, and to my happiness they have both said yes:

Ludid and Patrice!..*smiling....

Friday

The view from a hammock

 
 


This is the view when you sit in my mother's new hammock...*smiling.
There is a big chance you will find me there this weekend, with my new knitting and maybe also with a glass or two of white wine. The sunshine and warmth are filling these golden August days, and both my husband and i are surprised by the amount of butterflies that have been visiting our garden lately...maybe they are stopping by to share happiness with us through their cheerful dancing.


"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
-Rabindranath Tagore


Happy weekend sweet ones,
V.






Tuesday

Hello August





 
 
These first days of August have been of the beautiful and golden ones. Autumn colors have slowly started to color nature, it feels like a warm embrace when spending time in nature now. I find myself being drawn more and more towards the warm and deeper colors in my yarn basket. The tea in my cup are also changing a little bit, more often i chose the more spicy ones instead of the flowery and "delicate" ones. The nights are getting darker and i have started to burn candles again.
BUT one thing i am holding onto as long as i can: wearing my favourite summerdresses. Look out for a woman in a summerdress and knitted socks, it can be me...*smiling..




"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
-   Stanley Horowitz




 

Thursday

Bright light






 

My current knitting project (Camilla pullover by Madder) has been out in the bright light a lot lately. It was with me on my holiday by the sea and it keeping my hands busy when i sit outside in the sun on my veranda. Like always i hugely enjoy knitting Madder's designs! My next knitting project will be one of her new ones, the Camilla shawl. Both the pattern and yarn are bought so i am a bit curious if i will actually be able to finish this sweater before i eagerly start on the shawl. It is always fun and exciting to start on a new one!! Sadly i am one of those people who doesn't have a very successful history to show to when it comes to knitting shawls....they have a tendency to "die" on my needles because i get so intensly bored...and in lack of patience. BUT i have huge confidence this time, i love Madder's designs so i am sure i will finally "make it" this time...*smiling!

Some "loves and likes":
Sarah Lark's novels. I loved her first one "In the Land of The Long White Cloud" and i am hugely looking forward to start reading her second one in this saga, "Song of the Spirits".
The Honey Mud from May Lindstrom Skin, it works perfect for my sensitive skin. It is definitely the best cleansing/mask that i have ever tried.
Toasted bread with organic peanut butter and homemade raspberry jam on top for breakfast...*smiling..
Knitmodern on tumblr.
Music and more music.

Monday

To come home











My holiday trip to the sea are over and i am back home again. We have had some really wonderful (and intensly hot) "holy"days...*smiling. So hot that i only managed to spend 5 minutes in the cafè/yarn store. No grey yarn left out of there with me but two other skeins, both for the Camilla Shawl! The days were spent under the trees, in the sea, listening to Highasakite, reading, knitting a few rounds, laughing a lot, just embracing the view, sound and scent of the sea. It was good to be away on holiday for some days and it was also good to come back home again!

Now i am looking forward to
plan a couple of coming Conversation blog posts with some beautiful and inspiring women, indulge in the raspberry season, to try out the new skin care products that i have just ordered myself, put myself up on the waiting list at the library for some new novels that i have come across lately, coming into the habit of practicing mindfulness/awareness training every day, spend more time with a lovely woman that i have just gotten to know
and above all to get a visit from my dear friend Nausika in some weeks...*smiling.

Saturday

Moments by the sea




I am going to spend a few days by the sea now and i am filled with such happiness about it. There is something so peaceful about sitting at the shore looking out on the wide open sea.. It always has the same effect on me, it fills me with a deep sense of peace and a feeling of infinite possibility, it makes me connected with the present......with the NOW.


The bag is ready packed and the contents of it are almost just as much about knittings (needles, wool and patterns) as about clothes. Oh, and books! Can't wait to sit at the beach and read with my naked feet planted in the sand....*smiling.....and to write holiday cards to loved ones, to be woken up in the morning by the sound of seagulls.


The gorgeous Madder Anthology 1 ebook are bought. And i am taking some of the patterns with me so i can look for some suitable yarn when i get to visit that lovely cafè that offers yarn from both Manos and Malabrigo! Oh i am going to spend hours in there, it's heaven on earth....good that one can buy something to eat and drink there too because i might need to take a break......*smiling...