Wednesday, 5 February 2014
“To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.” ― Gaston Bachelard
I didn't expect to find a "sudden flash of poetry" in The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, but I did. Nor would I have thought to describe it as beautiful but the little moments he describes, his turn of phrase, the way he strings his words together, the subtle humour, it's all poetry to me. I find that once more I'm reading not so much for the narrative but for the words themselves. I love his choice of words. How he described an artists' ability to adjust a portrait to capture the sitters personality: "to darken it with a frown, to kindle it up with a smile." ...."to kindle it up with a smile"...I love it. Or Hepzibah's memory as "an air-drawn picture." ...perfect. So again it's one of those books that I'm savouring, not rushing to finish. I hope that it will last me for a while.
I'd be happy for my knitting to last a while too. It's so easy. I cast on an annabel pullover in linen yarn before Christmas, then put it aside to work on gifts. I picked it up again last week and finished the body, and am working on the first sleeve. I love the simplicity of the pattern, and of the garter stitch. The gentle therapy of knit a row, purl a row. I made the annabel 'cardigan' in Icelandic lopi wool a couple of years ago. I feel like a teddy bear in it, it's so chunky and warm. It's perfect for today because the wind is howling down the chimney and rain drumming on the kitchen window as I'm writing, but I'm pleasantly toasty. It's the first annabel 'pullover' I've knitted. I've manage to slip it on to try with the needles still on the arm. It's a really nice fit. It's going to be just as good as the cardigan. I think there'll be more on the needles in the future.
But there are a couple of other things that I have in mind too. Including this pattern I bought recently.So I won't be too disappointed if I complete the annabel soon, as this new one looks like a fun relaxing knit as well.
sharing with ginny