This will be our tradition

September 12, 2006 at 1:25 pm | Posted in country living, family, knitting, yarn | 8 Comments

Fireflys River by the CottageThe night before last I asked my husband for his thoughts on what we should do to recognized September 11th. This would be our first year together on that date, and it seemed a good idea to put some conscious thought into what we would make of that date, what tradition we might set.

We agreed extra prayers should be said, and that there should be quiet contemplation without morbid dwelling. And of course we agreed that the people who lost their lives and their loved ones deserve very much for people not to forget, not to push it to the backs of our minds. Yesterday morning it occurred to me we should go down to the river, to the boathouse where the cottage is and spend the evening there together in peace. I phoned him at work to offer that idea, and he immediately liked it. We both agreed that would be our tradition … to go out on the little country river quietly in a boat, drift downstream and just spend some quiet time together in contemplation there.

Fireflys River by the CottageThe river, of course, was lovely last evening. The sun was angling low and golden, casting spot lighting on limbs of trees (both live and dead) along the banks of the river, and setting magical areas of undergrowth ablaze in golden light along the banks of the river. There was a light breeze and very little current; our little boat moved ever so slowly down stream as we sat and enjoyed the quiet of the evening. The resident king fisher scolded us often for violating his territory, but after a while I believe he forgave us our trespass.

Last time we went out on the river, I left the camera at home. Last night I did not repeat that mistake. I hope my photographs reflect the beauty, peace, and sanctuary of our little place on the river. It has been easy for me to grasp why this place is so important to my husband … important enough for him to live on a farm nearby and to have a job in a village rather than a higher paying job in a city so that he can be close to this place and come here often.

Fireflys River by the CottageGratitude is on my mind every day, often during each day. Our life here is simple and wholesome and we will keep it that way. He is my hero for bringing me here and sharing his little piece of heaven. I am thankful I can bring something of it to you via my blog and my photographs. Definitely, after last night, getting out on the river in our little boat will be our September 11th tradition.

Soon I will begin making watercolor and oil paintings of this new life of mine. They require more time than most knitting projects, but I will share them when I can.

Fireflys Handknit Christmas Stocking ProgressAs for knitting … I have rounded the corner (the heel) and am now on the homestretch (the foot). I like the way the OXOX cable continues down through the heel, which you can see in the photograph. My husband’s Christmas stocking will be complete within a matter of days, I hope. Notice, however, how small the ball of Winter White yarn is getting to be. The pattern calls for 210 yards of the primary color knit on size U.S. 5 dpns (which I am using), and the Berroco Ultra Alpaca I am using is 215 yards per skein. I think I will make it. If not, the project will temporarily go on hold while I order a second skein of yarn. Keep your fingers crossed for me on this, won’t you?

I wish you a blessed day, and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.



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  1. Thank you for sharing your tribute. Indeed, it seems quite a fitting tribute. All fingers are crossed for yarn stretching, the stocking is lovely. I recently saw the “ornament pattern” in Barbara Walker’s 1st book. Quite advanced for me right now, but just beautiful. Look forward to paintings!

  2. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of the river. It’s just breathtaking. Good luck with making the yarn reach the distance.

  3. I agree, a fitting tribute! And so lovely, calm, beautiful. I could just imagine myself there, floating along and hearing the water. Again, lovely.

    May the knitting gods smile on your yarn yardage. 🙂

  4. I’ll send up an offering of my extra sock yarn to the yarn fairies in the hopes that you’ll have enough to finish the stocking. Do you plan to do the toe in the red like the heel, or will that be white as well?

  5. I just love the stocking pattern and think that I have that book. You have inspired me to knit a stocking for my husband, too. Thanks 🙂

  6. it sounds like you and your husband spent a beautiful, tranquil day together. lovely pictures, makes me wish i could be there in person. regarding the stockings, when finishing the ‘home stretch’ don’t forget to breathe. 😉

  7. What a wonderful way to remember! and the stocking looks great too.

  8. That is a beautiful tradition, the scenery is beautiful. Keep my fingers crossed that you have enough wool to finish it. Its looking great.

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