11.06.2008

Foliage and Frivolity

Foliage is finished.

foliage hat

Well, it's been finished for a few weeks, but it's finally cold enough to wear it.

foliage hat

This hat will probably be worn most often by Avery. I'll be knitting another (there's just four ounces shy of half a ball of yarn left), but making it a few rows shorter and a little looser around the bottom. The pattern called for switching to a smaller needle for the ribbing; I'll keep it on the size 7 needle next time.

foliage hat in the making

Avery and I are currently reading Daddy-Long-Legs. The story is very familiar to me, but I don't think I ever read the book - must have seen the movie in my youth. I'd like to share an excerpt with you from Judy's letter dated January 11th. Keep in mind that this book was published in 1912.

It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones - I've discovered the true secret of happiness, Daddy, and that is to live in the now. Not to be forever regretting the past, or anticipating the future; but to get the most that you can out of this very instant. It's like farming. You can have extensive farming and intensive farming; well, I am going to have intensive living after this. I'm going to enjoy every second, and I'm going to know I'm enjoying it while I'm enjoying it. Most people don't live; they just race.
Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs, p. 134

Living in the now is far from a new idea. Ms. Webster was one forward thinking woman. Her description of college life in the paragraph prior to the one above reminds me much of life in the blogosphere at times:

We spend the whole evening in nothing but talk-talk-talk- and go to bed with a very uplifted feeling, as though we had settled permanently some pressing world problems. And filling in every crevice, there is always such a lot of nonsense - just silly jokes about the little things that come up - but very satisfying. We do appreciate our own witticisms!

So in the spirit of sororal frivolity, Diane of Mackville Road and I are hosting a new flickr group - Conspicuously Incognito. In response to my hat and sunglass wearing picture I posted a few weeks ago, Diane posted this picture of herself. So here is my next installment in our repartee:

Conspicuously Incognito, Part 2

Join us by taking a picture of yourself somehow disguised. Have fun with this self-portrait exercise, get creative, give us a good chuckle, but keep us guessing what you really look like.

And if you haven't read Daddy-Long-Legs, pick up a copy (or follow the link to the google book) and prepare to be impressed by this little gem of a classic.

21 comments:

  1. It's bootiful!!

    I like your incognito photo. Does one when you're hiding behind the camera count?

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  2. The hat turned out beautifully! Looks lovely with your blue eyes and green book - and the smile in your eyes. I think that's my favorite part:)

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  3. thanks for the book link!

    love it! can't wait to join the incognito fun!

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  4. i can't believe that was written so long ago yet rings so true today!

    nice hat which matches nicely with your book which matches nicely with your eyes!!

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  5. Beautiful hat... lovely eyes... great quotes. Thanks for filling me lovingly so that I can go to bed with that "uplifted feeling"!
    Ingognito, very fun! I'm so shy about self portraits... this might be my perfect intro to shootin' myself.

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  6. That hat is just so beautiful I really love the colour, it is a perfect green.

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  7. I love your hat Molly! And I'm going to look for that book today at the library. Enjoy your day. :)

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  8. Sororal frivolity!! The best of days are filled with exactly that! I just didn't know what to call it before now.

    I love your new hat -- I have it marked at Ravelry for future reference and I will remember your ribbing tip. I will remember your ribbing tip.

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  9. I've never read it either-- I'll pick it up. I love what you shared!

    Oh, the hat is awesome by the way, and your pic:)

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  10. Okay - another knitting project to add to the queue ... another books to add to the reading list and another photo project. You're going to keep me busy!

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  11. *chuckling* Molly a la Wilson, Tim Allen's friend on Home Improvement, and the wisdom to go along with. Thanks for the fun!

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  12. Leslie beat me to the "Mr. Wilson" idea! LOL. Love the hat, you chose the right pictures.

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  13. beautiful hat molly! and i love the joy in your eyes in the last picture..

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  14. i read the book (still have it!) and saw the movie!

    great hat!

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  15. OOOh I love the color and design. Great!

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  16. love the hat........and the new project.........

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  17. Awesome post, loved the excerpts from the book, and the photo group idea. I'm going to join in just haven't taken a photo yet! But yours is sure cute with the hat, book and sparkly eyes!

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  18. Cute hat. It looks like some fancy kniting. I'm knitting my first hat ever right now and I'm excited,

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  19. Love that hat!!!!! I made a few of those last year. They are so quick to make and look so pretty on. Great job!!!

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  20. Daddy Long Legs is one of my favourite books, my copy is ancient, I think it might be time to read it to my 10 yr old (any excuse).

    I have just discovered your blog and your flickr stream and am loving them.

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