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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lace Is Grace...

Once upon a time, I was a little bit more introspective both here, and even more philosophical on Nana Sadie's Place, but as life has gotten a bit chaotic, this aspect of my blogging life has vanished.

So today, in light of my joining up with Grumperina and deciding that it's perfectly okay that I don't have any interest in knitting sweaters, I thought I'd revisit something I've known to be true for me for some time:

Lace Is Grace:

When I'm in the lace-knitting "zone" I'm in a state of grace. I miss being there. Especially when life has me by the scruff of the neck (like now) and I can't stop long enough to breath in and out and do the simple yo's, and ssk's, and k2tog's, sl1 k1 psso's that lull me into my own personal zen-like state. I'll get back to it, life will once again slide back into calm (maybe even a touch of boredom!?!) and I'll be able to chill out with the lace. What on earth is it that works such magic on my nerves? The rhythm? The soothing quality of lace?

And, btw, yes, I made that button - it's my VERY FIRST button, so I hope it's okay (and I send tons of thanks to Kimberly for all her help!). The button doesn't belong to a KAL, or a website, or a yahoo group. It just states how I feel about knitting lace. You may feel free to use it, just please use your own bandwidth! I'm putting it over on the sidebar, along with Grump's button and a few others that show my knitting loyalties...

On another note, I'm making progress on the Chevron Scarf after doing surgery. I realized today that the pattern had mysteriously gotten away from me and I had 2 fewer stitches than I needed. I didn't want to tink (I have way too much of that waiting for me on the back burner) so I inserted the other needle 2 inches below where I was, and where I could see I had correct stitches. And then gently unraveled - I never have a camera nearby when I try these things. I cannot imagine myself doing this pre-internet knitting days. You all have given me the confidence to make these corrections, you all have given me the knowledge necessary to "read" my knitting...So I'm sending along my thanks to all of you today - I'm ready to pick up Chevron Scarf again and knit it up (hopefully to finish soon...).

These friendships I have made with you all, well, that engenders another sort of grace, now doesn't it?


Blogger Margene said...

Lace IS grace...what a lovely sentiment!

1:44 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

I haven't done that much lace, but I agree that it is grace - I love how the two patterns emerge: one from the yarn, and one in-between.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

What a great button and so true. You give all to lace so it doesn't allow you to think about outside distractions. You become one with the yarn and in return you get something so beautiful. :)

2:26 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

I completely agree with the sentiment "lace is grace". So often I'll be overly stressed with one thing or another and lace helps me focus and center until there's nothing but the gentle rhythm of the decreases and increases as it forms into a beautiful pattern.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Pat K said...

Oh, how true! And I'm taking the button to my own server. I'll be proud to display it as a constant reminder of the good things lace can do for us!

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

ahhh... lace is grace, I so agree!

And so are socks. :-)

Very nice button, by the way.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Very nice button! I have to think a little too much about lace to get into a zen state at this point, but I hope to get there someday.

Have a great weekend!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Yes, knitting lace is very special.

Have a wonderful weekend!

6:26 PM  

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