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Archive for April 15th, 2008

Melissa’s Contribution to Spring Thoughts

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Melissa lives in Australia. She is on my Ravelry ColorJoy discussion group and participates often. She wanted to participate in my “Knit Spring into Existence” project, except she is in the first bit of autumn where she lives.

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Here is what she says:

When you suggested Knitting Spring into Existence, I wondered whether I might generate bad juju by joining your project, as here in Australia, Autumn clothes are appearing in stores. I never hesitate to march to a different drummer, but I also do my best to avoid contributing to undesirable climate change!

I settled on a rationalisation. I would knit (my first ever) baby booties as a symbol of new beginnings that can occur anytime in the year.

These booties are knit from yarn Melissa hand spun, and a guild friend hand dyed.

And now the coolest thing? The pattern for these booties came from a book which was written by Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas. (This pair wrote the incredible Kids Knitting book I mentioned yesterday.)

Yes, the same Kristin Nicholas who gave a speech on color in Detroit yesterday/Monday. (Boo hoo. I missed it.) You see, we’re all in it together, if you are a knitter. It seems we are all related somehow.

Diana’s Spring Forward

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

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Diana/Otterwise chose this beautiful yarn to Knit Spring into Existence. She has has some challenges this spring to say it kindly, thus the shawl she started had to be frogged (rip-it, rip-it). However, she says:

I didn’t finish this shawl, it got frogged when I totally screwed it up due to brain fog. But I did knit toward spring with it.

I’ve also attached a springy photo of tree buds from up north in Gaylord.

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And can’t we all benefit from some hopeful, optimistic flower buds???

Note added later: Diana reminds me that the yarn is one I dyed (I had forgotten I’d done sockyarn in this colorway). It is TipToe Sockyarn in colorway “Spring Sunshine.” No wonder she chose it for this project!