Today I am delighted to introduce a rather new acquaintance to me, Emily, from North Wales. How I would love to see North Wales!
For me, one of the best things about this whole knit along process (admittedly, there is a growing list of “best things” about this whole knit along process) has been this wonderful opportunity to meet people I never would have met, had it not been for the internet. Visiting Emily’s blog (sweetly named mousybrownshouse.com) over the past few days, I have discovered that besides sharing a common passion for knitting, we also share similar interests in books, sashiko embroidery (though I only dream of doing it, she actually has done it), little furry and feathery critters, list-making and pink cloud-gazing.
All that to say, I am so pleased to have “met” Emily, and to share a little more about her knitting life here on leighside knits.
1. What project are you knitting? Who is the designer? What yarn have you chosen for your project?
I am going to knit a Semele Shawl by Asa Tricosa.
The yarn I am going to use is called Dance by Yarnscape in colourway Rose Garden. It is a silk/BFL mix in lovely spring colours and should result in a pretty ombre effect.
2. Choose one of the theme words (Friendship, Feminine, Pretty) and describe what that word means to you. Does it remind you of an event, or a person or a place that you have a special association with?
The word I am going to choose is friendship. My mother died very suddenly in February and I have become even more aware of the importance of the the amazing friendships I have both in “real life” and online. My best friend offline has been the most wonderful support, allowing me to cry when I need to, laugh when that feels right and reassuring me that whatever I feel is ok…she has put up with me crying in coffee shops and texting her at all hours and always knows the right thing to say. Online I have an equally amazing friend who was the only person awake at 2am on the night I found out and couldn’t sleep (there are some advantages to living on the opposite sides of the world from each other!) She has been constantly in touch, has sent me the most amazing packages of goodies to cheer me up and she understands completely when I need to talk and when talking is just too hard. But it doesn’t stop there, I have discovered how blessed I am with friends, those I see daily at work, weekly at church, just every now and again in between the busy times and those that just send me a perfect message on Flickr or instagram…every single one of these friendships support me and help me keep going when it all feels so hard. I believe that each of our friends offers us something different, compliments a different bit of the complex mix that makes us who we are and I am always grateful for opportunities like this where I might discover a whole new group of friends…
3. Choose one (or all) of the following to answer:
*Do you have a favourite quote or saying that you would like to share?
“Acts of kindness however small, plant seeds of hope, love and beauty.”
* Can you tell me what method, or style, of knitting you use? I.e., Are you a continental style/yarn-in-the-left-hand picker, american/british/style right-handed thrower or cottage industry/lever style, needle-tucked-under-your-arm knitter?
I am a unique knitter, it looks terrible but seems to do the trick!
* How long have you been knitting?
I have been knitting since I was about 5 and we were taught by the Nuns at school but I only really became obsessed about 5 years ago.
* What is your favourite fibre to knit with? Why?
I don’t have a favourite fibre as such but do love yarns with a bit of give, that don’t split and that drape beautifully…I can definitely say that hemp is my least favourite and I never intend to use it again!
Thank you so much, Emily, for joining me on this leighside knit along and providing us with another insightful window into a knitter’s world. Your words about friendship are deeply moving and reflect, I think, upon the profound impact good friends make in our lives.
I’m starting to realize, rather quickly, what a Pandora’s box I’ve opened with this knit along. In the past two days I’ve already mentally added just as many new projects to my “to do” list. The first being making myself an Imogen sweater, the second project has me looking through this:
Thank you, too, for reading, have a lovely day!
*p.s. Kind comments are a wonderful way to make these brave knitters feel welcome (and a relatively quick way to make you feel good inside, too, it’s an amazing win-win situation). If you feel you’ve got a moment to spare, I invite you to give it a try. I promise you won’t regret it. xoxo