Sunday, April 11, 2010


I've never been a huge lover of gifts of flowers. It's probably because I consider flowers to be a bit extravagant. Don't misunderstand me. I love it when someone gives me flowers. It's just that my brain processes things a bit differently. I tend to think......"Hmm.....instead of those flowers, we could have done..........x, y, or z."
Yesterday however, my daughter came running full tilt across our yard with a fistful of flowers from our neighbor's yard. These weren't just any flowers. They were a massive amount of dandelions. Now, most of us look at these flowers as pesty nuisances in our yards. We do our best to inhibit their growth. But yesterday, I wouldn't have traded them for anything in the world. They were stunning, as my daughter gave them to me with a giant smile on her face. "Look Mommy! I picked all of these for you!"
When I saw those flowers, I didn't once consider what we could have done without them. I happily placed them in water and proudly displayed them on my counter.
Sometimes, it's a matter of perspective. Why do I consider purchased flowers an extravagance, when my daughter clearly spent quite a bit of time picking these flowers with her own hands? That's more extravagant that the most expensive roses. I think from now on, I'll quiet my little brain when someone gives me flowers, and just enjoy the moment. I'm missing too much joy........are you?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Random Shots

Knitting has been slow these days, so how about some pictures of Christmas knits that I never posted....
Sounds good to me. And well, if you're here and you're reading, guess you'll play along with me.

An Ishbel shawl for my SIL, Kate. Yarn - Blue Water Times MCN Fingering by The Plucky Knitter

A Simple Yet Effective Shawl for my SIL, Jess (this is the fingering wt yarn version). Yarn - Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn

One of the cutest female hat models I've ever niece, Charity. Yarn - Yarn Pirate, DK in Zinnia. Those gorgeous eyes, a product of Jeremy and Kate Inc. (not to be confused with John and Kate, dear my).

And my brother, Greg (middle) with his sons (and my nephews), Bailey (left) and Brody (right). Yarn - A bunch of different colors of malabrigo, including Lime/Blue and Ravelry Red.

All knitwear made my yours truly. I've seen them wear these items after the obligatory day or two, so I know that they are well loved.

Up next, after I finish the never-ending Citron........another shawl. I seem to have lost my sock knitting mojo. If you see it, could you send it my way?