Joining with Ginny today for Yarn Along.
Someone recently recommended Marianne Williamson's books to me. So I hopped along to the local library and the one on the shelf was this one.
I looked at the title, The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, and was about to pass it by as not relevant to me. Then I thought 'whoa there!' And then and there it struck me - midlife is relevant to me; in fact, unless I live to be in my 90s, I am more than likely past midlife. What, when did that happen?! Why do I still feel like I am in my late 20s, early 30s, but in reality I am closer to 50?! It was a very sobering thought.
So I read the book and it is a fantastic read for making us oldies realise we are not washed up yet - some of our best years are ahead of us.
'Midlife is not a crisis; it's a time of rebirth. It's not a time to accept your death; it's a time to accept your life - and to finally, truly live it, as you and you alone know deep in your heart it was meant to be lived.'
The book talks about how this is the time for us to change the world for the better; that people have been living for themselves for too long and that we need to embrace all encompassing love for all in order to make that change. The author emphasises the importance of prayer and meditation.
'Prayer is the conduit of miracles. It changes us, and through us, the entire world. No one who prays and meditates consistently doesn't give a damn what happens.'
Certainly gave me lots to think about!
Knitting wise, I have been knitting away at my Columbine Table Mat from Arne and Carlo's Knit and Crochet Garden. Wow, I love this book!
There is actually more knitting than I anticipated - a list of knitted strips didn't look like much but I am still knitting them!
I thought I would sew some of the earlier pieces together, just to see how the method worked and what they looked like.
Such a clever technique! Knit garter stitch strips of various lengths, sew the short ends together to make a ring, fold the ring in half on the long edges and slot them inside each other. Genius!
As the strips are doubled over, the mat is quite thick and padded. I will definitely be making more of these. Seems it would be good car knitting as it is just simple garter stitch. And the book also has butterflies using this method.
Next project will be a pattern from a vintage Stitchcraft magazine, as I am finally returning to my Adventures in Stitchcraft series. Next issues are from 1937!
I like both the cover jumpers, but you will have to wait and see what else is inside!