Knitting, outdoors

Beautiful Cozy

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What a lovely, cozy, December day it has been! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty – indoors and out.

For the last week, I’ve been participating in a black and white photo challenge on social media, which has been a lot of fun! I’ve found it’s really opened my eyes to see beauty in unexpected places, and given me a profound sense of gratitude for the smallest of everyday blessings. Here’s a link to the album if you’d like to see: Black & White Photo Challenge.

This afternoon I’ve been cozied up with a warm cup of good coffee and some deliciously textured knitting! I’m nearly finished with the center section of a baby blanket I’m designing for a friend. I’m loving a new challenge, the textured stitches, and this soft, gorgeous yarn! (It’s Cascade 220 Superwash Merino in color # 31 “Baby Blue.”)

What’s making you happy today? What are you working on? I’d love to hear all about it! πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting!

 

Knitting, outdoors

A Woodsy Walk in February

This afternoon, I went for a walk in the woods…

You might find yourself wondering, as I did, “What could possibly be alive and beautiful outdoors in February?…”

I found myself pleasantly surprised and profoundly inspired by the abundance of life and beauty I found all around me…

I love mosses and lichens… I find them fascinating and gorgeous…

They are just so incredibly delicate yet tenacious…

Their beauty is subtle, yet endlessly varied…, so that no matter what time of year it is, there will be some variety of moss or lichen about to delight and inspire anyone who looks closely.

When I got to Wolf Run (creek), the water was running too high for me to cross without getting wet, so that was as far up the trail as I got today…

Next time, I’ll bring my waders and I’ll look forward to making it across Wolf Run and up to the rocks!Β Then we’ll see how far up Wolf Ridge I get…

The walk back was just as beautiful as the walk out…

You could hear Wolf Run roaring over the rocks the entire way!

I just love the variety of colors and textures exhibited by mosses and lichens…

Back home now, curled cozily in the corner of the couch, I realize suddenly that the colors of the socks I’m knitting for my Father-in-Law are very reminiscent of those I was enjoying while out on my walk in the forest!

I’m thinking of re-naming these the “Mossy Socks…,” because now whenever I see them I’ll be thinking of all the lovely mosses and lichens I saw today!

Have you been on any outdoor excursions recently? What beautiful things are lifting your spirits lately? Does your knitting ever end up corresponding in some way to what you’re seeing/enjoying in the world outdoors?