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Hosta happiness

Elegansfrances_williamssum_substanceThe camera accompanied me outdoors over the weekend. Just a little over two weeks ago, I snapped pics of two of these guys (E and FW), which you can see here. Presenting (from left to right, click any of 'em for bigger view) Elegans (with toes!), Frances Williams, and Sum & Substance. I love the names, I love their color and texture, I love their big leafiness -- all three of these are large varieties. I have another large one, Blue Angel, which I will show you soon, as well as some smaller (and even one mini) varieties. I have a lot of shady areas in my yard, so have developed an appreciation for hostas!

LilyAs I walked through the woods on the way to the craft fair yesterday, I noticed the lilies of the valley blooming like crazy. A went down later and picked a bouquet for me. I wish you could smell them -- so sweet!

audrey_sleeveAnd here is my progress -- before any knitting last night -- on the Audrey sleeve. I ripped once since this photo, and I fear I'll be doing it again tonight. Hail Theresa for posting a wonderful pic of that sleeve cap! I will definitely be using it for reference. I think my main problem last night was weariness and an inability to tell Ps from Ks while reading the pattern; the result is kind of a mess! With my mid-40s eyesight, I should probably have enlarged as I photocopied that pattern!

Warning: A bit of a ramble ahead. Feel free to turn back!

I have read numerous blog posts in recent days about support received from other bloggers -- not just in the realm of knitting, but in more personal respects as well. No matter what the reason for these posts (sometimes even questioning whether to continue), in the end it seems all about camaraderie. The knitting, of course, is the common thread in this "community," and while many people blog only about knitting, others share more details of their personal situation and even ask for advice. I am a relative newcomer to blogland, and am simply amazed to discover what a wonderful system of support it is. It's not difficult to find others with similar circumstances -- they have kids, they're a student, a single parent, an at-home mom, a professional -- or to wistfully "live" for five vicarious minutes as someone you might have been had circumstances been different. The collective wisdom and life experience, and the levels of understanding, sharing, and giving -- except for copyrighted material ; ) -- and the wit and humor with which it is all dispensed (for the most part) are unbelievable! Can you ever have or draw support from too many "friends"?

When my sisters (I have 3) and I lived in closer proximity, we would get together 3 or 4 times a year for "Sister Weekends." Sometimes we would just revel in being together, each working on our own projects. Other times, we would share something new with the others. My youngest sister worked for an upholsterer when she was in high school, and we spent one weekend together reupholstering another sister's chair. One of the twins had taken a basket-making class, and we spent one weekend learning to make baskets. The other twin learned to quilt (and will be working on her sampler quilt for the rest of her life, I swear!), and we spent a weekend learning to quilt; each quilting something -- pillow or wall-hanging -- as mom's Mother's Day gift that year.

We weren't always that close -- three of us are only a year and a half apart in age, so you can imagine what our teenage years were like (and some of us have scars to prove it)! We're all very different -- even the twins are fraternal and bear closer resemblance to the non-twins -- and have chosen vastly different paths. We have a common thread, though, and an unshakable trust in and respect for each other; we draw on each other for support, reassurance, understanding, rejuvenation and inspiration. Naturally, we sometimes disagree, and we sometimes still fight, but we can always depend on each other.

Due to distance and circumstance, my sisters and I are unable to get together as often as we used to. It is something that I miss very much. Through blogland, though, I feel that I have adopted an amazing number of "sisters" -- some more guarded than others, some are more outspoken, some I like more than others, some are more like me and others are not, some don't even know that I'm there -- and writing in my blog and reading theirs is truly something I look forward to every single day (well, almost). I'm kind of surprised by that -- that it has become so important in such a short amount of time -- and I gather that others are, as well. In this world that sometimes seems to be spinning out of control, it's kind of a grounding thing.

Anyone for a group hug??



I have to say I agree with most of what you say about the blogosphere. The craziest part for me is that I find it near-impossible to explain the fellowship & camaraderie (for lack of better terms!) to people who aren't already embroiled in it! I've been online for years and blogging for 2 and my partner still can't quite get his head around the fascination and why I'd rather sit on the couch and read my favourite blogs than watch TV!


Oh, I sooooo envy your lilies of the valley. I had huge patches of them when I lived in Massachusetts but I absolutely cannot get them to grow here in Utah. :-(


Count me in on the group hug! Great post!


Thanks for your comments. I don't know how many dedicated blog rings, such as Knit Bloggers, there are in the blogosphere (I like that word!), but I imagine there are plenty. I am so new to the whole thing, and came upon knit blogs quite by accident, I haven't explored much else in the realm. I'm pretty sure the phenom would be the same in any ring -- a common interest is instantly shared and it takes off from there, though a ring of mostly male model airplane builders probably wouldn't be quite so warm and fuzzy. I think it's just fascinating.

I have lilies of the valley in quite a few areas of my yard. I could never grow them when we lived in Oregon, but then I had calla lilies and the most unbelievable rhododendrons (neither of which I can grow in my present location; well, I try with the rhodies). Too bad we can't have it all!


What a wonderful post! I agree with everything that you said about blogging. I also agree with Amanda, it is absolutely impossible to explain the phenomenon to non-bloggers (or blog readers). I have made some wonderful friends in my short time blogging.

I enjoy your blog!

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