Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Joyful, Joyful

Everyone has those days where nothing goes right. I hate to say "What a bad day!" because it is as though I am giving a few bad events the power to influence my happiness.

But I do love to say "I am having one of those days where everything is joyful." I awakened early this morning before the alarm went off and scampered down the stairs to see how Jean Claude was doing. He really was dry last evening, but I didn't want to take a chance and unpin him too early. Our eyes met in the light of the predawn, and I told him how gorgeous he was. He smiled sheepishly at me, which was to be expected.

He is by far the most wonderful thing I have ever knit, and I am feeling proud of myself.

For those of you who want to know, I estimate it took somewhere around 40 hours. Each complete row of the center panel took about fifty minutes, and there are thirty some-odd rows. Each repeat (the points you see) on the border took eleven minutes, and I think there are 92 of those. Adding the border onto the center panel was WEIRD, as you have to knit almost perpendicularly to the center panel. It took me days to figure out how to get the hang of doing that; once I figured that out, it was easy and I still don't know why the concept gave me fits.

Then I took the hell hounds for a walk around the Lake. While we were there, I saw a woman who was picking up trash around the perimeter of the Lake. We spoke briefly. I asked her if she were a volunteer, and she told me she was not. She just does this on her own. I thanked her for making the Lake a more pleasant place. It fills my heart with joy when I witness people doing good things. Just one more event in my joyful day.


A Novel Woman said...

BEAUTIFUL, both the wrap and the story and its author.

OMAP said...

That is truly a work of art. It is a reflection of the beauty of the artist that created it. I wish I had the talent to create something like this that will hopefully last for decades to come.

Lottery Girl said...

Dear NW,

Oh my gosh! You made my day!

Lottery Girl said...


Thank you!

Deniz Bevan said...

Man oh man is he lovely or what? That is so inspiring, as I've never knit lace, never blocked anything, and now you've made me want to do both! Love the colour too!

Lottery Girl said...

Thanks Deniz!

This was also the first thing I have ever blocked. It is so weird that the knitting dries EXACTLY the way you pinned it.

A Novel Woman said...

Has Jean Claude met this little number?