Little Bird and myself went for an afternoon walk today. It was glorious, blue sky, fluffy clouds, bright sun hanging low over the roofs and hitting both of us on the eyes. It was an unusual November day here in Dublin and we took advantage of it – I was not going to let the mountain of laundry silently growing in the kitchen, the shadow of lasagne I promised the kids looming over my conscience and my own call of addiction (i.e. my knitting/ crochet bag) stop me from getting a couple of mouthfuls of fresh and dry air. Dry being the operative word – I live in Ireland, remember? I’m much more used to getting whipped with fresh cold Atlantic water on my face this time of the year.
We walked around enjoying the sun and I realised I do focus too much on the practical spaces we use – the house, the car parking space, the shops, the trip to the montessori and school along the fences covered in crooked graffiti, stepping over uneven curbs and broken pavement slabs. The suburb is not only that though – there is so much nature and beauty around if only I slow down and look up. Or down, actually, on the thick carpet of leaves which hadn’t been cleared in the “no man land” between the estate management companies and the council.
We enjoyed it thoroughly and it left me with a simple thought, really – focus my eyes on what’s worth looking at and don’t devote so much headspace to what’s not worth attention.
On another note, my Adriafil Knitcol stitch sampler shawl is progressing nicely albeit slowly. The walk did reduce my knitting time but I managed to sneak in couple of rows when Little Bird was napping in the morning. The stranded stitch, a variation of bamboo stitch, is working particularly well and I love both the effect of broken pooling (the yarn designer may call it stripes, but hey, it’s matter of perspective) and the texture it developed. It is slow enough since I’m amending the chart and writing the pattern as I’m going, but the final result will be worth it. What do you think?