Monday, May 17, 2010

En Plein Air...


En plein air... according to Wikipedia is "a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors."

Yesterday, I applied this to my knitting.

I'd had a difficult morning - I've always loved weekends, but now I find them hard - I just don't know what to do with myself... So after a phone call to Mum asking for a 'virtual' hug (Mum's hugs always make things better - even now) I packed my knitting and headed off to the park at the bottom of the street.

I've been living in my latest place for nearly 2 months now and whilst I know that there is a large park just down the road, I've never yet ventured down there. I was pleasantly surprised when I did... It was buzzing with activity!!! Family picnics and BBQ's, Dad's playing footy with their kids, parents teaching their kids to ride a bike or rollerblades, dogs being walked, photographers with their camera's, student studying mosses, bird watchers and people walking, riding and running for fitness, pleasure or socially. All of this has been going on at the end of the street and I have been oblivious to it all...

It was comforting sitting there amongst everyone, on my park bench across from the lake nodding and saying hello to those who passed.

ETA I can't show you what I was knitting because I've ripped it out already. I tried the drop-stitch-wave pattern with the alpaca wool and it's just not right... I think that pattern works best with variegated yarn and the alpaca needs something else so it's back to the drawing board to find something better... I might have to give the pattern that Aunty Jill gave me another try (with different needles this time).

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