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Weather man had it totally wrong for today. Even the barometer in… 
20th-Mar-2003 05:17 pm
knitting sketch
Weather man had it totally wrong for today. Even the barometer in the house was wrong. Both forecast rain. Well, I stitched the whole afternoon in glorious Spring sunshine, having walked the dogs in same earlier in the day.

It is so satisfying watching something beautiful grow under the fingers as I stitch. Apart from the feeling of relaxation from the physical repetition of movements, there is a glow felt at creating something. Stitching a piece that will be treasured by a loved one is truly wonderful. Personally, I have never stitched anything that wasn't for someone else (although I have often felt a pang at giving it to them because I loved the design so much.)

*ponders* Taking pleasure in the work because it is being done for someone else. I wonder if it is a female thing to feel that way?
20th-Mar-2003 10:30 am (UTC)
On a related note...

I love making icons. But there's nothing quite like seeing icons I made for others being used with joy...

So I think I hear you, there.

:: grins ::
20th-Mar-2003 10:36 am (UTC) - I think hear you, there
I'm sure you do, oh insightful one. So, what do you think? Is it a female thing?
20th-Mar-2003 10:48 am (UTC) - Re: I think hear you, there
I'd say it's a nurturing thing.

I've seen my husband produce graphics/art for work, and get a wild kick out of the clients being happy/awed by the work, and wanting it added to all their products. He loves that feeling.

:: grin ::

And I've seen/known women who are incapable of sharing and feel only jealous/unhappy when someone else has something they made/created and wanted to keep instead.

I'd have to say :: it's a state of being. Non gender specific.

:: cheerful grin ::
20th-Mar-2003 11:01 am (UTC) - Re: I think hear you, there
Reasonably relevant to what we're both rambling on about, I came across a little quote you might like earlier today. And now, darn it, can't find it. It was something along the lines of

"It is the choices we make, not the abilities we have that make us what we are."

*rushes to post this before having dinner and settling down to an evening with BtVS and Angel on Sky 1.*
20th-Mar-2003 12:20 pm (UTC) - Re: I think hear you, there
I like that quote. Oh yes I do.

I'll be posting that to my LJ if I can find the source, methinks. ;)

:: purrs at you ::
20th-Mar-2003 03:01 pm (UTC) - Re: I think hear you, there
*claps hands and cheers*

You found it. 'twas Harry Potter. Who'd've thought it? I knew it was familiar when I read it today. (It was someone's sig. on a discussion board.)

*note to self - beat sis-in-law soundly until she returns all my Potter books.*
20th-Mar-2003 06:42 pm (UTC) - Re: I think hear you, there
:: preens smugly ::

Need help with the beating up? Those books should so be with you. Always.

:: purrs ::

21st-Mar-2003 09:08 am (UTC) - Re: I think hear you, there
Need help with the beating up?
It may come to that. All four were a present from the sainted daughter (we both read Pratchett and Rowlings*) I have asked 3 times that they be returned from Dublin, where they are languishing (unread I suspect). MWNN has done his best but I still wait . . . . .

* sainted daughter was an on-line buddy of hers before she knew who she was; indeed before the phenomenal success of the first book.
21st-Mar-2003 09:10 am (UTC) - Re: I think hear you, there
Hrm. Now that is plain wrong. I say MWNN mount a rescue operation, and storm the castle to retrive them, asap.

:: nods solemnly ::

* very cool! Does the phenomenon still have time to talk online nowadays? ^^;
21st-Mar-2003 09:31 am (UTC) - MWNN mount a rescue operation
My knight in shining armour is big on good intentions and deficient in the memory department. (I have to thread his mittens through his sleeves, you know, when it's snowing out.)
Don't know about the phenomenon's current on-line time. Just know that the daughter (TotKat = The one true Kat - there's a Pratchett story to that screename) outed her in a private conversation just before the 2nd book was published. (I thought that was pretty cool at the time too; one, that TotKat had twigged who she was; and two that she'd been in conversation with her for a long time anyway.)
21st-Mar-2003 11:57 am (UTC) - Re: MWNN mount a rescue operation
:: lol ::

At least the mittens don't get lost! ;D


Now that sounds like it much fun! It's nice to see someone you know do well, in that sense. :)
21st-Mar-2003 12:37 pm (UTC) - the mittens
I'd forgotten all about our mittens. Time to give them some exercise methinks?
Yes, it must have been really gratifying for TotKat to see the person she'd known when she worked on her writing in the local cafe produce such a wonderful series of books. I have book 5 on order from Amazon.
20th-Mar-2003 02:39 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel - I feel that way when watching L. doing his fabulous big oil paintings - even tho I am not doing the creating, I sort of feel marvellous to know the person who is doing the creating - it IS wonderful watching the painting come to life - he's doing one now of a cotswold village and everytime I look at it I think of you and MWNN and wish that we lived on the same continent so we could give it to you - it's not quite as colourful as his normal style - slightly muted softer English colours - will send you a photo of it when it's finished.

Now apropos of absolutely nothing - it's my last day at work - so am on countdown for our rendezvous - can't wait - get the Pimms ready!!! lots of love JL
20th-Mar-2003 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wish I could see L's originals too - photos are not the same.
Pimms already packed!
Hey - you must be on-line - bring up MSN - we can chat
20th-Mar-2003 04:36 pm (UTC)
Am at work - busy teaching the new Jenny (whose name is Kaye) how to do my work so can't chat - am ashamed to admit that even if I was in a position to chat that I do not know how to chat - on line that is - plenty of practice chatting in person, as you know only too well, but illerate computer wise!!! - AND why aren't you in bed!!!! JL
20th-Mar-2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
Bed? This is Thursday night. It's Buffy night. I'm in chat now, lamenting over the fate of the blond vampire in the icon I've used for this post. Cute, no?
*waves at new Jenny*.
21st-Mar-2003 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm with you 100% on that one! I've just finished doing one for my mum for mothers day and am also doing a birth sampler for my cousin who has just had her first child. I have others kicking around for me, but I love doing the ones that are presents.

I know what you mean about seeing it grow as well. For this reason I only do counted cross stitch - not those ones that come with printed canvas. I love seeing how random stitches can suddenly come together and form something that is meaningful.
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