mondays with mrs. crosby: fourteen

my friend gave me

a couple of yards of irish wool.

it’s a lovely muted plaid in grey and blue and green and purple.

very much what my irish friends were wearing the year i lived in drogheda.

i am aiming for a pencil skirt

and something knit in this lovely mrs. crosby hat box to go with it.IMG_3592

must knit and sew faster, because i’m ready to wear them both now!

‘wool’ taken from 31:13 of proverbs.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: twelve

yesterday was spring and fresh new growth poking out

all over the place.

today was snow and burrowing in to be warm.

so, tonight is stripes and stitches.IMG_3223sqtomorrow is ‘scheduled’ to be melting snow

then follows more new growth

and i’m all for that.

‘growth’ taken from 27:25-26 in proverbs.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: eleven

it’s wet and grey.

if there was a choice, i’d be far away.

somewhere like paris, soaking in the ambiance,

and the language, and the food.

but, at least for today, this will have to do.

IMG_3014shall i send you a postcard…?

¬†‘away’ taken from 16:21 of exodus.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: nine

it is sunny

and light, but it is quite cold…

so my mind has wandered off to paris in the springtime.IMG_2823 sqperhaps someday i will get there to see it.

‘springtime’ taken from 10:1 of zechariah.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: seven

it is cold

and it is still snowing.

as darkness falls my thoughts

are journeying on to plans for warmer places to go

and this knitting will be just the thing to wearIMG_2702sat

wherever there turns out to be.

perhaps a place with elephants and tigers.

oh my.

‘turns’ taken from 1: 6 of ecclesiastes.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: six

if a thing

is going to fit right

at the end of being made,

then the work has to be put in at the beginning

to design it well, allowing for

key things like the range of final sizes

and the fact that knit fabric has some give,

gorgeous drape, and the tendency to become a bit like

the warm body wearing it.

you know that, right?

my favorite hat

(after being worn weekly for the past 2 winters)

now fits me even better than it did when my friend sharon

first made it for me.

knitting becomes us in so many different ways…

but i’m getting off track here. the point at hand

is that it is time to stop, for a moment,

playing with the hat box

at my fingertips,

and put my muscle

to paper and lead for a while

so that what this yarn is begging to become

is sussed out to be actually possible.

IMG_2321ready? here we go then.

‘begging’ taken from 41:3 of job.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: five

the thing about yarn is that we get to tell it what to do

one stitch at a time.

that is not the way that most of life goes,

at least not my life,

and it feels very, very good when something allows me that much choice

and ultimate control.

along those lines,

this week was all about swatching.

last week i pictured hat box in ‘new leaf’ and this week i’m testing ideas

(mostly gauge related) with a bit in the colorway roasted chestnut,IMG_2536-1but, it’s the same lovely fiber mix of

merino, silk and cashmere

(can i get an excited ‘oooh’ and a happy ‘aahhh’?).

such drape and my fingers

are overjoyed at being ‘forced’ to touch

this lovely yarn over and over again.

‘fingers’ taken from 8:3 of the psalms.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: four

it is cold outside,

and very, very white.

the way that winter can lack color,

is hard for my head to work with at times.

so this week, i jumped into writing a new pattern

¬†with mrs. crosby’s ‘new leaf’ colorway (scroll down to see, it’s the top lefthand colorway).

just holding it makes me feel warm,

ju 1like spring is closer than the calendar suggests.

i’m so happy to be near things

that make me feel like that at this time of year.

‘leaf’ taken from 8:11 in genesis.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: three

note: i posted this on monday.

ok, i was sure that i had posted this on monday,

until i stopped by the blog today to post something new and found it waiting for me here.

sorry. i’m readying for another stroll now if anyone wants to come along…

*

how fabulous to start the day off with

a sense of satisfaction!

‘jaunt’ is done

and oh so ready to go for a nice leisurely stroll.

who’s coming with me?

'jaunt' in pocket

‘with me’ taken from 21:6 of genesis.

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mondays with mrs. crosby: two

there is something

about the very beginning, no?

it’s not the best bit for me. the great memories

haven’t been made yet, the things to be learnt haven’t been learned,

and the feeling of satisfaction of being able to look at what i’ve finished isn’t there yet,

but, the beginning practically vibrates

with possibility

and

the very best kind of unknowns.

so, here’s to ‘the beginning’

(known in knitting as casting on, and often followed by ribbing of some kind):IMG_2271sqi’ll check back in on this project next monday

to let you know how much closer i am

to the satisfaction then.

‘satisfaction’ taken from 3:13 of ecclesiastes.

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detailing a current collaboration between mrs. crosby yarns

and me. stay tuned.