Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sadness and Joy

Stepping out of my comfort zone a bit today, to finally say (write?) a little bit about how profoundly sad I am that Robin Williams is no longer here. I didn't know him. I had never met him, or even seen a show in person, so my relationship with him was completely one-sided. I didn't love every single thing he did or said in his comedy career, but I did admire his ability to create joy. From his debut as Mork (the name I stole for my own son on the blog), right up until his latest sitcom in 2013, and for all the moments in between...I loved Robin Williams. 

I didn't love him like a teenager crushing on Harry of One Direction, or like a middle-aged woman loves David Cassidy, and I don't know if I can really put it into words...but I loved him. I loved that he brought laughter wherever he went, and I loved the times his face would go serious, and a part of him would reach deep into my soul. It was like he was speaking out of the screen and directly into my heart. I know he was acting. I know he wasn't talking to me. I know he wasn't even (necessarily) talking about himself...but it felt so profound. It was just part of a movie, but it was part of me now. It was just an interview, but he had invited me (and millions of other viewers) to be a part of his life. It was just another comedy routine, but I love to laugh, and he made me laugh out my living room...sometimes even during the lowest parts of my own life. 

And now he is gone. 

No other celebrity death has affected me this way, and I'm not sure why this loss leaves such a void in my heart, but it does. I have not felt much like laughing since I heard the news, but my life goes on, so I will do my best to find the joy in this and every day. I will knit, and I will blog, and I will smile at strangers, like I have always done. I will think of the times that I have wanted just one person to smile, to laugh, to share joy and love with me, and I will try to leave a little bit of love and joy behind wherever I go...just like Robin did. 

Won't you join me? Just smile at one person (or more) every day, whether you know them or not. Be a little wacky with your family, even in public sometimes. Let's help to create a legacy of lingering laughter that Robin Williams himself would be proud of.

Nanu Nanu

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life on the Fringe

I was recently gifted a bag of yarn. Not just any yarn, but good quality, cotton yarn, from a yarn's nice stuff, I tell ya! So, what did I do? Well, I knit a scarf/shawl for the yarn giver, of course!

I've always wanted to try one of these self-fringing shawls, and I can tell you now that it was a lot of fun! The yarn (Cascade Quatro Pima, a discontinued DK-weight yarn in a blue-green colorway) knit up quickly on size 13 needles, and before I knew it, I was done! Fast and fabulous, I may have to make one for myself now! Right after I finish these socks...

Wait, when those socks are finished, I'll only have 4  pair...which means I'll still need 3 more pair! So maybe after those socks are finished, I'll cast on another pair of Jingle socks... Or maybe I'll work on a Wallaby... Or maybe I'll start something entirely new...! Who knows, really? When you live on the fringe of knitting, anything can happen (and sometimes it does!)

Whether you are living on the fringe (like me) or not, thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Now, pick a project, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

That was fun!

Well, happy Saturday, Blogland! I'd love to say that I've got lots of knitting to share with you on this fine afternoon, but I took a little break from the knitting (and everything else) yesterday so that Sweetie and I could take a trip to Cedar Point! When I was growing up, and even into adulthood, I went to Cedar Point every.single.summer...because, you know I love it.

And yes, he is standing in front of a "big noodle sculpture" at my favorite amusement! Advertising. It's everywhere. But there is so much more than advertising, which is why I love this park. For me, the trip isn't complete unless you've ridden some pretty big rides by the end of the day, and I did. The highlight was the last coaster we did for the day - Gatekeeper! Oh, man...what a ride! I had thought about skipping it because of the wait, but by a stroke of luck, we were able to get on after only 30 minutes in line!

From the time we approached the park, with that great coaster-scape just inside the front gates, 

until the time we left, I was a happy Pretty! I think the thing that made me smile the most, though, was when Sweetie got roped into a wild west show on Frontier Trail...

We were just walking along, when we heard the cheesy dialogue (with it's signature portable sound system), and the show was clearly in progress. We stood near the back, and heard the villain say to the sheriff (as he scanned the crowd for his first audience participant), "Wait! You can't shoot me until I say goodbye to my...Ma!" Seeing how this show was going to go, I could almost hear the, "Don't pick me. Don't even look this way, Dude...," that my love was inevitably thinking...because that's who he is. But the villain obviously has a nose for that kindof thought process, because he quickly spotted his next victim (" PA!,"), weaving and bobbing through the crowd, pulling my far-less-than-enthusiastic Sweetie (who is such a good sport) up to the!

And even though we saw 3 or 4 more shows involving similar audience participation, this was his only shot at stardom for the day, thankfully for him. As much as I like the song-and-dance on the midway, I think my favorite show of the day was actually the All Wheels Extreme show. I've never seen the bikes, skates, scooters, and gymnastics of extreme sports up so close before, and it was AMAZING! When we went into the show, I was just going because Sweetie wanted to see it...didn't know if I'd like it, but it was incredible! I could barely believe my eyes as they rolled, jumped, twisted and turned through their routines, even including a little Keystone-Cop-style humor along the way! I tried to get some pictures, but everything happened so fast, and I spent so much of the show just being completely blown away, that this is all I managed to get:

It was so cool! The whole day was so fun! We spent the rest of our time walking, and eating, our way through the park, and I did get on several rides...the Magnum, Mean Streak, Corkscrew, Power Tower, Blue Streak, GATEKEEPER!...gosh, I love roller coasters! It's been several years since we've made it to Cedar Point, and I was wondering if I could still handle the big rides. I'm so happy to say that I can, and also that I can now say that I have ridden every ride (that you don't have to pay extra for) in the park! 

On the way to and from the park, there was some knitting. :) Not much, we live pretty close, but I am now officially past the halfway point on the Christmas socks! This is sock one of the fourth pair, and I am well into the second sock of the pair (but I don't have a pic of that toe yet),

And I've cast on another scarf/shawl!

I hope to settle into some serious knitting time the rest of this weekend, and maybe my next blog post will include a newly finished project (pair 5? scarf? wallaby?). Or maybe not. It's so nice outside, and my friends are trying to infuse a new hobby into my life...we are going bead shopping this!

Thanks for stopping by, and for putting up with all my blather about America's Roller Coast. (BTW, I paid for my tickets, I was not compensated for all of this advertisement...I simply, genuinely love Cedar Point this much, and I would go every day, all summer long, if I could. :) It is what it is.) And now, I'm onto the next thing, and I know that you are too. 

Knit in Good Health, friends, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

OMGosh! I LOVE These Socks!

What does a knitter do after she has finished the third pair of Christmas socks on August 2nd? 

Well, if she's Pretty, she casts on a fourth pair!

And she knits, and she knits, and she knits some more, until she realizes that she LOVES THIS PATTERN! And she LOVES THIS OMG HEEL! (The heel is part of the sock pattern, so you don't have to buy both...but if the lines don't "speak" to you, you can get the heel separately...and it is a GREAT heel!)

Thank you, Megan Williams, for sharing your brilliance with the rest of us! This is far from my last pair of Christmas socks, and it won't be my last pair of Blurred Lines either! In my mind, I see this pattern in sweaters, in hats, in mittens...just everywhere!

So, what does a knitter do when she realizes that she is totally IN LOVE WITH a sock pattern and it's heel? Well, if she's Pretty, she casts on a sweater! Because who doesn't love a Wonderful Wallaby, right? lol!

What patterns are you loving these days? Whatever they are, thanks for taking a break from your latest project to stop by today! Now, get back to it, and Knit in Good Health! :)