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Yarn Along

I made time to finish Wind in the Door, this week. I have been reading it in the car while I wait to pick up after music lessons or end of school. Made the story a bit disjointed, which is probably why the story took a couple of days to sink in. Once I got it, I couldn’t help reaching for my copy of Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems and Prose , which I’ve not touched since I studied at A Level. Too many moons ago.

It reminded me about how Hopkins sees God in all of nature. I always loved this idea. Not wishing to make this a poetry appreciation post, but taking this to a different level, and maybe not the theme that Hopkins would expect the reader to focus on, by default it joins everything together.Β  Following the same theme of A Wind at the Door. When joined then, if one fails, then all will fall.

It is strange to look at the pages of my Hopkins book. My 18 year old self has left writing in the margins that I don’t even remember writing. I am loving re-reading Hopkin’s poems as a grown-up. My views have altered over the years, but I still like it, which kind of surprised me. I can only imagine that my jottings were the result of class discussion and not inspirational insights.

Knitting wise, I am still ploughing up the sleeve of my castle jumper. I had a sewing respite over the weekend, but I am back to the jumper now.

The photo at the top seemed to fit with this post’s evolving theme, so I decided to include it. We celebrated Father’s day by heading down to the Bristol harbourside for the Festival of Nature. Lots of info and things to see. AJ held a hissing cockroach. Found out more about the little bee that was sharing our Ashy mining bee nesting holes, this year. Not the best news for the Ashy mining bees, but still fascinating. We will find out more next year. We are very fond of our little grey bees.

One last thing to include. Wool related, so I’ll squeeze it in on this post. Look what came through the post today.

Bags and bags of merino wool roving. Most of this is destined for a felting project that I am doing with my sewing group. Really should start thinking of the group as a crafting group. One bag, however, is all for me. I’m going to spin it up and knit something fantastic. Time will tell if it is truly fantastic, but at the moment my imagination is running riot.

For more book and knitting/crochet inspiration, head over to Ginny’s.

18 Responses to Yarn Along

  • Nin-Carol says:

    I love those Madeleine L’Engle books! Always worth the reread – and I reread rarely!

    One of these days I’m going to get my drop spindle out of the drawer and actually use it. All that pretty roving reminds me that I want to try that – as soon as my project list gets a little shorter…

    Stopping in from Yarn along. My link is http://blog.mymummyknits.com/yarn-along-24/

    • Cheryl says:

      Oh yes. The project list. I have too many ideas and just not enough time. Seems to be a common problem among us crafters. πŸ™„ I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

  • Dawn says:

    What a lovely pile of fluffy fibres there, are you spinning the rainbow bag?

  • Alisa says:

    beautiful color on your jumper! And what fun all those bags of roving are!!!

    • Cheryl says:

      The main part of the jumper is a hand-me-down handspinning which I was told was dyed with onion skins. It is a warm colour. The sleeves are a mottled grey, which I hope will look like metal. Have to see! As for the bags of roving, I’m really looking forward to the craft group starting to use them tomorrow.

  • Rain says:

    Ahhh, gorgeous sleeves!! And wool roving…yum. Can’t wait to see how both projects shape up!

    • Cheryl says:

      I can’t wait to see how the projects shape up, as well. I have a pretty good idea on the jumper, but the roving is a group effort, so I have no idea!

  • Jen @ Wife, "Mom", Knitter says:

    I’m looking forward to reading more Madeleine L’Engle books. I loved A Wrinkle in Time.

    • Cheryl says:

      I need to find a copy of number three. I loved A Wrinkle in Time. The second one is still sinking in and I’m intrigued to find out about the next.

  • Bags of goodness destined for something wonderful. Glad you decided to include them. I enjoyed reading the post that I had missed. What a lovely little sprite you have there all decked out in her nasturtium headdress.

  • Cheryl says:

    It was two sprites…. and I love that word to describe them both. πŸ™‚ Those bags of rovings certainly show promise. Group crafting tomorrow. Can’t wait to start.

  • angelina says:

    rovings!! i do love rovings..i will soon try dyeing my first linen yarn. i hope it goes as smoothly as the roving dyes always have. my favorite dye :: sunflower seeds. x

    • Cheryl says:

      All those little bags are open now and the colour combinations are wonderful.

      I need to get a bit more adventurous with my natural dyes. Using sunflower seeds is a new one on me. Off to investigate……

  • NJ says:

    I’ve left you a little present on my blog Cheryl – stop and check it out when you get a mo! Never hurts to spread the love!

  • Rae says:

    I love wool roving, just looking at your lovely big stash there makes me want to get feltng! I have some 100g batches in lovely colour mixes, one in blues and one in golden shades that I got from the Spining Weal in Clevedon, where do you get yours from?

    • Cheryl says:

      Just had a look at their site. I feel a visit to Clevedon coming on! I ordered my roving through Wingham Wool. Really quick delivery and great site, but nothing beats seeing the colours for real.Thanks for the tip. πŸ˜€

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