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January 25, 2009

If you guessed I've been busy

If you guessed I've been busy, you'd be right.

Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Sursa Shawl

But there has been knitting - including a couple of things for me. And one of my 2009 wishes was granted a couple of weeks ago. I learned to crochet. In no particular order, there are a few crochet projects that have inspired me to want to learn since I saw them for the first time: Kathy Merrick's Babette Blanket, Cecily Keim's Larger than Life Bag, a Soft Waves Ripple Blanket (like Alicia Paulson's) but with Cascade 220 (the colors in Yarn Bee's Ripple are my inspiration) and several more - including some smaller projects - in my Ravelry favorites. Big thanks to Ann for teaching me. I actually love crocheting! I was prepared to like it (it's so fast!) but loving it is a nice surprisel

And the project in the photo at the beginning of the post? It's my third Sursa Shawl (from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton's Book Two), in colors (Noro Silk Garden 249) I rarely choose for myself. There's pink and blue in there - probably a first for me. It seems to work with the warm rust and yellow because Noro is brilliant. I wore it for the first time yesterday and purchased a gorgeous shawl pin that I can't wait to show you. The pin allows me to wear the shawl without fiddling with it while I teach (in this case, the beginning knitter's class yesterday).

Finished Sursa shawl draped and worn

There's more catching up to do and I'll probably spread it over a few entries. My mom is here in Texas to stay with us a while after having been in L.A. since after Thanksgiving. Los Angeles is a tough act to follow weather-wise, but thankfully, we've had some beautiful weather since she arrived last week.

January 02, 2009

Wishes for 2009

To learn
To teach
To reach up and reach out
To be mindful of meaning
To give
To forgive
To release
To seek
. . . to enrich others

Sunflower Lit by Halogen

Happy New Year to my friends and friends-to-be