23 April 2010

Words to live by.

I have this quote posted on Facebook page. After a recent purge of my page - due to Facebook changing its privacy settings again, and me being sick of it - this is one of the only things left on there. I'm not sure if Nelson Mandela actually said this, but if he did, it proves that he is a wise and wonderful person. I think it is worth repeating. Believe it!

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just some of us; it is everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -Nelson Mandela

Now go forth and be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous!

18 April 2010

Oh look, I have a blog

I'm feeling a little sheepish because of the following:
  1. I apparently made some promises (re: blogging MORE and generally being more interesting) that I couldn't keep.
  2. In my previous post, I broke Internet Rule #1 which is, don't post pictures of yourself all over the Internet. (I will be fixing that)
Regarding #1 above, I had a good reason for not writing: it's because I was busy trying to finish this darned knitted beret that conquered my free time over the past month and a half. Pretty much every spare 15 minutes I had on the bus or sitting in front of the TV were spent working on this. Have a look:

Since it's a beret, it required me bumping up, or "increasing" the number of stitches from the amount that I started with. On the underside here, you can see the alternating knits and purls that create the stretchy opening band.

This is a view of the top of the hat. You can see the "decreasing" ribs that take the hat down from the bulky 156 stitches that form the majority of the middle section to just a few at the very top.
(Sorry for the terrible photo quality. I'm away from my good camera at the moment and the lighting was terrible.)

This is probably the best picture of the hat and how I intend to wear it, plus it shows the color more accurately, which is much more pinky-violet with hints of other colors, than the salmon it appears in the above photos. (Also this photos does not violate Internet Rule #1 - it's discreet).

So, anyway, this is exciting. I can't say with any certainty that my posts will increase back up to their previous, "glamorous" levels of perhaps 10 per month, but you can be sure that the number of hats I knit is going up...