Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
When my son was small, this was one of his favorite books, and mine, too. We read it over and over. Pelle is a clever and industrious boy who determines that he needs a new suit, as he has outgrown his current one. He begins his quest by shearing his sheep.
Throughout the story, Pelle uses all of his resources in his small community and trades his services with the town painter, his grandmothers, his mother, and the town tailor to dye the sheep's wool, spin and weave the wool, and sew the cloth until the final day he is able to wear his new suit.
It's really beautiful how he works within his community to realize his goal and helps everyone else along the way. He even thanks the lamb for his wool.
I've been working on a 'new suit' of sorts in a blue baby sweater.
This little sweater is waiting for a dear one to be born to someone very dear to me. It's a seamless yoked baby sweater found on Ravelry. Starting another now. Feeling like Pelle!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
'Forget-Me-Nots' in my garden
Myosotis, from the Greek: "mouse's ear", after the leaf) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae (or Cynoglossum family) that are commonly called Forget-me-nots. Its common name was calqued from the French, ne m'oubliez pas and first used in English in c. 1532. Similar names and variations are found in many languages. (wikipedia)
In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, "Forget-me-not, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall be your name." In German, 'Vergissmeinnicht'.
These two flower fairies by
From 'The Story Without End', 1913
by Frank Cheyne Papé (1878-1972)