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A mindful, grateful, creative life: Life constantly hurls lemons at us. I’m on a mission to make lemonade as best I can, by God’s grace.

Wonderful Spring


I’ve been filled with wonder that spring has sprung. I spent some time bird watching from the window today and wondering why it is that the smallest of birds love to sit fully exposed to the buffeting of strong winds at the very top of the longest thin tree branch that points skywards. I’d be more likely to hide somewhere among the budding branches down below, where there is more shelter. That seems to be what I’ve been doing in the past few weeks when I’ve gone missing on the blogging scene.

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and for continuing to visit, even though I seemed to have passed out for lack of fish and chips. They were real encouragements and it cheered me up no end that such an affinity developed over my favourite deep friend dish! Since that last post, I have eaten fish and chips twice (the last time was two nights ago). I now feel reasonably fortified and would like to return. Perhaps, I might even gingerly hop higher up the tree and feel the breeze… who knows, I might eventually take flight!

For today, I intend to pay back a debt. I owe you a Wonder Wool update. Way back in winter, I posted a little sneak preview to see if you could guess what I was knitting. I was making my foray into baby knitting for a friend. She has since safely received both the hat for her and the knit for baby (as well as delivering an adorable baby girl) so I can reveal what I was knitting for the first baby project I set myself:

Patons Jessica Baby Booties

I intend to do more – I was hooked! They knit up relatively quickly and I learned some new techniques. It’s a Patons newborn pattern involving knitting two rows into each other to form the pretty scalloped edge.

Knitting something for this brand new little person, gave me time to think about the fragility of life. How one person can bring so much joy or devastation to the world. How every small action we take or every word we speak, can have a huge impact on someone else for good and bad. This post from a couple of sisters I love to read, was at the same time thought provoking and challenging along those thought-lines. I thought I’d share it – cherish this moment!

Once again, I thank you for your kind words, even though I have been so slow to respond. Thank you friends! I pray that you have strength in your wings for whatever you are facing today x


18 thoughts on “Wonderful Spring

  1. Oh! Thank you so much for the link in your post! ***

    AND the booties? LOVE them!

  2. so cute baby shoes! My BF´s sister is expecting a babygirl this summer, so I´m planning to sew a cute dress from an easy pattern I found online.

  3. Oh, they are absolutely delightful. I love the gimmped edges around the feet. They remind me of pie crusts.

  4. These are absolutely adorable. I’m trying to think what baby I could knit them for.

  5. So cute – and so impressive!! My only foray into knitting did not end so well, for the sweater I was trying to knit that is.

    • LOL I haven’t gone as far as to knit a full-sized sweater to be honest. Everything pint-sized automatically comes out looking cute – you should try that next time! 🙂

  6. I think I have to discover the art of knitting! What cute booties and I had wondered why you had gone quiet!! Good to see you back and I recommend a weekly dose of fish and chips in future!

    • Oooh a daily dose of fish and chips? Would you care to join me? Hehe, thanks for dropping by, hope all is well with you Roxy, busy delivering little ones to fit into booties I imagine x

  7. Your little booties are gorgeous. They are so nice to knit. You have a lucky friend to have you to knit for her and you are lucky to have a friend with a beautiful baby girl to knit for 🙂

  8. Very lovely little baby shoes 🙂 It is really amazing to knit for the little ones 🙂

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