Friday, April 30, 2010

a knitting analogy

Today I got to teach a friend to knit.  It's a great experience to teach someone to knit.  It reminds of me when my mother taught me, and I can look back and see how far I've come.  I can appreciate my hands even more - they know what to do now, and it is not always easy to explain how to cast on, how to begin a row, how to wrap the yarn.

I said something today that has stuck in my head.  I told my knitting friends that they will make mistakes, and then I made a couple of mistakes in my work so that they could see what would happen to the fabric.  I told them that new knitters will make mistakes and that's ok, but eventually you learn how to fix your mistakes.  Sometimes you can fix the problem easily, and sometimes you have to rip back several rows and start again.  Often times, when I am helping someone fix a mistake, they do not want to rip back their work, and instead we re-write the pattern to work around the mistake in the next few rows.

I keep thinking that life's mistakes are like that.  You can't rip back the fabric of your life and fix your mistakes.  You just have to keep moving forward, making adjustments to compensate for your mistakes, and hope that they aren't the kind of mistakes that leave big gaping holes in your life's work.

All evening I've been thinking about the mistakes that I'd like to go back and fix in my life.  There are some things that I think I would change if I had the chance.  There are holes I would mend and dropped stitches I would pick up and weave back in.  But then I realized this - what if I mended a hole that was supposed to be there?  What if it was a buttonhole - useful for holding something close to you?  What if it was a hole that was part of a lace pattern - beautiful when you step back and see the completed work?  What if what I see as a mistake is actually part of a greater design?

No, I wouldn't change it after all.  I'll just knit on, with hope.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

spring fever

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  I always think of this saying in the spring, when the flowers are blooming and the world is warming up and the weather changes all day every day.  And every spring, I go into a reading frenzy and a start-new-knitting-projects mode.  I am almost powerless to stop it.  Last week, I started a sweater for me and a sweater to give away.  Then I went to the library and got a big stack of books to read.

I do this every spring.  My spring fever symptoms are frequent trips to the library and bags of knitting projects all around the house.

book list:
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Treasure Forest by Cat Bordhi
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
March by Geraldine Brooks
I Am Rembrandt's Daughter by Lynn Cullen
Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula Marantz Cohen
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
The Vegetarian Family Cookbook
Vegetarian Times
(yikes - that's a lot of books!)

Monday, April 12, 2010

orange juice

Sam and I trimmed the orange tree and harvested lots of oranges. 

The rain this year has made the oranges really sweet.

We juiced a whole bunch of them.

There's still plenty left on the tree for next time.

Anyone want some oranges?

Green Scene

Hey locals!  This weekend - April 17 & 18 - is the big plant sale at the Fullerton Arboretum.  Green Scene is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Entrance is $6.  More info is here.

Monday, April 05, 2010

ready for spring

This week my kids and I are off for spring break. I need to get the backyard ready for summer - I need to prep the garden area for planting, and I need to throw the old umbrella with the holes away, and there is a whole list of things that need to be done. But today, it's raining. So I organized my knitting stuff instead. :)

Here's a new background (spring garden) to remind me to get going on the back yard.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Fun Stuff

While watching the Peanuts Easter Special with the kids this week, my friend Beth and I decided to match up the cast of The Office with the Peanuts gang.  While it's not perfect, we feel we came up with some good matches here.  Enjoy!

Charlie Brown = Toby (duh!  except I like Charlie Brown, and I hate Toby)
Lucy = Michael Scott (wants to be the center of attention)
Snoopy = Jim (he's cool, he's goofy, he pranks people)
Sally = Kelly
Linus = Ryan (the Sally/Linus and Kelly/Ryan dynamics are shockingly similar) (also, Michael would love that he is Ryan's brother)
Schroeder = Andy (the music lovers)
The Red-Haired Girl = Pam
Peppermint Patty = Dwight (this one makes me laugh)
Marcie = Angela (doesn't work except Angela and Dwight go together)

Well, it was fun and we had several laughs in the process.  Tomorrow's Easter.  Big day in our house.  My dad set the Easter Bunny bar pretty high - he was always a great egg hider and actually, the way he hides eggs is an art form.  A few years ago, when Sally was still a believer, she woke up one Easter morning, scanned the living room, and looked at me in wonder.  "Where is he?"  she asked me.  "Who honey?" I said.  "Grandpa!  Where did he go?"  She thought my dad drove all the way here in the night to hide eggs for her.  Later that day, we called my parents and she thanked him over and over for the basket and for coming all this way to hide eggs for her and her brother.  I'll never forget getting on the phone to the laughter of my mom and dad, thanking me for doing all the work so they could get the credit.  It's a good memory.

Hope your Easter Sunday is filled with laughter and people who love you and wonder and amazement and joy and hope and faith.  (and some of those cadbury eggs - I love those)