Turning attention to oneself in the earnest endeavor to improve oneself
may only increase obsession with oneself,
which is the root of mischief……..
To be whole persons
we must get ourselves off our hands.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Well, I knew there was a small chance of this happening but now I have slipped over to something strange….. something wonderful. It is Random 5 Friday once again with Nancy.
1- I have been known to grab hold of many different creative outlets and ride the process through till either boredom or another creative outlet comes along. It seems next to my blogging that this knitting hats thing is hanging around with unexpected benefits and the timing could not have been any more perfect.
2- I was sitting in an uncomfortable chair beside my Mom chatting while she lay in a hopefully cozy hospital bed, (don’t worry I am pretty sure she is on the mend and will be home soon), I had my bag of knitting on my lap and was knitting yet another hat for someone special. I looked up and Mom was smiling. Since she could not knit with her arms full of tubes and wires she took great pleasure in watching me try to imitate my many memories of her doing the same thing long ago. I knew there was a reason that I had finally sat down that day not so very long ago and let her teach me how to knit. It is all about the smiles.
3- Our conversation revolved around how many hats I have knitted so far and the colours. I shared with her the fact that someone actually wanted to pay me for a hat, and that she was insisting. I have knit well over 20 hats to date and have never really thought of actually selling one. I just love the relaxing calming effect it has had on me at this time and the smiles that come when someone pulls one on their head. I then asked Mom how much she thinks one would be worth. She looked at the hat and answered "Two fifty". Sounds about right to me, she understands this need I have to knit because she used to knit socks for everyone she knew and never took a dime. In the long run, I did not charge the lady and took great comfort and joy as I watched her smile while pulling it on her head in a driveway in the middle of yet another snowstorm. That was worth more to me than $2.50
4- I have one hat that I made while visiting my girls in the big city. I wear it every day while out doing the chores it makes me think of trees and the snow much like a camouflage and it is very warm. The cows have constantly asked if they could try it on and up until the other morning I have been reluctant to share. Bossy2 finally was the lucky girl. I hope they all don’t want hats now because I am afraid I would never get them all knitted before haying time. You should have seen the others girls faces, I could tell they were a bit jealous but Bossy2's smile was worth it.
5- I find myself constantly taking photos of my hats. Hanging from trees when a branch catches it as I duck under in the bush. Sitting on top of the Jeep before they are to be delivered to those special people in my life. Waiting on the red gate to go snowshoeing, and sitting on the back of a chair waiting for the sun to rise. I am surely turning into the mad hatter. What do you think, is that a bit like a mad hatter?