I've also been reading this wonderful book filled with charming knitting related stories, patterns and recipes. The author writes with such warmth and wit.
|A Knitter's Home Companion by Michelle Edwards|
And uh, oh. Are those yarns in the picture above the beginnings of a new WIP? Indeed they are! Stripe Study by the talented Veera Valimaki has captured me completely. But I will try to be a good aunt and finish the monster first. Make sure to check out WIP Wednesday with Tami's Amis. Warning: you might be tempted to cast on for a few more projects.
|Japanese cherry blossoms courtesy of my husband's green thumb, Spring 2010|
On a global level, "this too shall pass" has been a prayer in my mind every time I hear or see a story about what is happening in Japan. My husband and I were fortunate to visit Japan a few years before our son was born. For my husband, it was a sort of homecoming since he had spent many years there working and studying. For me, it was an enchanting first visit. I was in awe of the country's natural and artistic beauty. But mostly, I was charmed by the hospitality and kindness of all those we met. If anyone is interested, there are many great ways to help. The Red Cross has set up a Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami fund which you can donate to. Doctors Without Borders is also a great organization who is responding to the crisis. On a crafty note, Alicia Paulson has compiled a list of crafters who are helping to raise money. Kay Gardiner from Mason-Dixon Knitting posted a Mitered Crosses blanket pattern on ravelry with all proceeds going to Mercy Corps in their emergency relief efforts.