This post is overdue from last week, when I took the opportunity to talk about President Obama’s commitments to Africa. I’m now past the halfway point and I’ve used up a whopping 52 balls of yarn! This quarter’s theme of collected tidbits: be true to your wonderful, unique, strong self. You deserve it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was seen as a champion of individualism, an ideology that emphasizes the moral worth, independence and interests of individuals over those of the many. This has its positives – the United States Constitution; freedom from slavery, torture and death; the right to a fair trial, privacy and marriage. It also has its negatives – anarchy, egoism, hedonism and wildly erratic political movements. Emerson also led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, believing in the inherent goodness of both people and nature. While I strongly agree with the quote above, reading about his views put a different slant on it.
This quote is actually from War and Peace, a book I tried desperately to read but stopped at page 600. Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was a complicated person, known for his extreme moral and spiritual discipline. He believed in nonviolent resistance (pacifism) and wrote The Kingdom of God Is Within You, which profoundly impacted leaders such as Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Tolstoy followed the teachings of Jesus Christ literally, believing that a true Christian could find lasting happiness by loving thy neighbour and God. His views were considered anarchistic at the time but his writings thankfully transcended small minds to be shared in a world with a global perspective.
The idea of perfection is truly only about hope and ideals, some that are diluted with self doubt, and some that are buried in truth. Perfection is based on how you often wish things were, rather than how they really are. And when you get to the point of acceptance for how things are, rather than how you WISH they were, or WANT them to be, you crest into the truth of perfection. … And when you remember that there is a greater purpose perfectly placing imperfections in front of you, you get it. Perfection is about acceptance. Not of the object or moment in question, but of your own judgements.
Also known as Mad Man Knitting, Gregory Patrick turned to knitting (bears, eventually) after his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Gregory has experienced homelessness firsthand and written several books. I enjoy his outlook on life – it’s hard to talk about the elephant in the room if no one will call it an elephant; people adopt one of his bears, instead of buying one; always be on the lookout for beauty because you never know where you’re going to find it. “Don’t forget to smile at the simple preciousness that exists all around you.”
It brings out what people really find important. You collect things, you build a particular set of circumstances, but all of us realize in our heart of hearts … what really matters are the people and how we help each other.
I know you’re going to think I’m obsessed (and you’d probably be right), but Chris Hadfield (astronaut and Canadian extraordinaire) filled some big cowboy boots last week as the parade marshal for the Calgary Stampede. The above quote was his reaction to the cleanup of flood waters that surged in Calgary, just weeks before the 101st Stampede. All Calgarians, especially Mayor Naheed Nenshi, made the event possible with their tireless efforts.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 27
NEW! That’s the theme this week. New patterns, new colours. Square one is a wave done in back loops only, giving it some dimension. Square two was a pattern I thought was done in one piece with a star in the middle but it turns out the star was an overlay. I did my own version of square underneath. Square three is called Leaping Stripes and Blocks. Square four is a Ripple pattern. Square six is called GrannyGhan, a Granny square that’s crocheted in rows.
Square seven is made with new yarn from Michael’s – $1.50 a ball, so I couldn’t exactly resist, now could I? It’s a beautiful yarn to work with, 50/50 acrylic and wool split. And because it has acrylic content the colours are so vibrant.
Here’s to the second half… cheers!
Square Count: 189