Today people asked me what I wanted to do. ‘I want to knit in silence for 30 minutes’, I said. What no one realises is this is work. The Wild Swans has knitting and silence at its heart. But not just 30 mins of it. Months and months. I wanted to see how I went. Eliza has to knit in silence for if she utters a single word her swan brothers will die. I can’t tell you how many swans would have died while I was knitting. But today, I walked to the top of the hill and sat knitting with Ivy at my feet.
I could hear a gentle shush from the sea, birds, including a curlew, a plane that flew over and the wind, coming and going across the land. I could hear insects, the buzz of their wings, and many landed on me as I sat, still, knitting. The sunshine was beautiful. I sat where Floss’s ashes lie, having walked the last walk I did with Genji.
30 minutes. Not long. Definitely something to do again.
So, I want to give away;
A copy of The Wild Swans
A copy of East of the Sun, West of the Moon
A pair of no 4mm bamboo needles
Two balls of Rowan, kidsilk stripe and
The pattern for the scarf, stole I am working on.
It’s an easy pattern, very simple to follow and very quick to learn.
I will also scatter across the comments, at random cards, a badge or two, whatever I find in my studio.
So, simple. Tell me something beautiful. Add a comment to this post, tell me something beautiful. Put links in the comment if you like. I will choose a winner on October 13th, a date plucked at random. And remember, if you can’t knit it’s never too late to learn, and if you don’t want to knit you will probably know someone who does.
If you want to share something from this blog, or the page about the new book, or one of my paintings from The House of Golden Dreams then please do, but there’s no need to if you don’t feel like it. Just tell me something beautiful, because the world seems a hard harsh place at the moment and we could all use a little more beauty.