Monday, July 21, 2014

Busy fingers

It's been a long slow process but I think I've finally done it - I've turned into my mother.  Not the complete version just yet because I've never mastered the fancy stitches but I'm on my way.  My mother's hands are never idle, knitting needles are like extensions of her fingers. 

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.” Elizabeth Zimmernann
Something has been wrong with my spirit, I haven't sat down to do a blog post for nearly two weeks, and was pretty patchy in the weeks before then, too.   I'm not sure that the knitting has helped with the spirit but it will definitely help with keeping the grandkids warm.  

The knitting started with the power cuts when the light wasn't good enough for reading.  It was easier to keep warm wrapped in a blanket and knitting. 

It hasn't been all that cold today but it's still wet.  Feels like it's been wet forever.  Floodwater rises, goes away, comes back.  The weather has caused total chaos here in Northland although nowhere near as bad here as further north.  And I don't use the roads that have been washed away, including parts of State Highway One. These shots are along our road to town.  There are a few slips but you can get around them.  I guess it will be a while before the road is repaired, there are so many worse problems for the roadworkers to worry about. 

Hard to imagine there's a little creek and a neighbour's farm under all that somewhere.  Who would be a farmer?! I don't know how the farmers keep on smiling.

I've seen photos of spider's webs in paddocks after floods but had never actually seen it myself until these floods.  Wish I could have got closer.

I might venture out tomorrow, see what the rest of the world looks like.  If the rain is gone, that is. 


  1. What an excellent Knit you have become, inspired by the spiders. That is an amazing sight.

  2. Your knitting is neater and more colourful than that of the spiders.

  3. Seems when it gets cold and wet, everyone knits something to keep them dry. I should take up knitting.....naw.

  4. Oh my ... those webs ... never seen the like.

  5. Your knitting is beautiful! I have often thought about taking up knitting but have yet to act on it. I don't like spiders so that giant web gives me the creeps!

  6. Kudos for your knitting accomplishments. I haven't been blogging much either. I haven't felt inspired. I hope your rain stops.

  7. Your knit items are lovely! And i do hope the rain moves on to areas that need it more, for you and for us.

  8. Oh my gosh. I still find it hard too imagine those roads with that much water. When I've been there the creeks have hardly had enough water to move at all.

  9. Hello Pauline,

    Gosh, you are a good knitter. Georgia looks so warm and cosy.
    Lots of rain obviously makes spiders build wonderful webs!

    Happy days.

  10. Oh dear me, that looks like something we had last winter.

    I hope it’s drying up now and you can move freely again.

  11. From my viewpoint, you still live in a thoroughly gorgeous part of the world. I am constantly fascinated with everything going on there. My little flood problems here are nothing compared to what happens there. Yes, I know there is something within farmers that spurs them on to produce bounty; I see it here as well, farmers helping each other and working so hard to keep going.


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