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[Oct. 21st, 2013|07:38 am]

During Meeting yesterday, an idea of how to use my stash of crewel yarn came to mind. The 1-yard lengths are far far too short for crochet, although i have started making little square motifs to play with color, just tying the blankety-blank ends together.

I could knit, one row each thread, and make some striped fabric. Mixing the colors up would be a delight.

Kitty image with yarn at https://plus.google.com/103873302373242101756/posts/RpTbDVS5eE1

So that, and a great deal of cooking, is what i did yesterday afternoon. The knitting up reduces the width from a yard to about a foot: i'm not sure how i will deal with all the loose ends on the edge: a crocheted trim over knotted bits is my current plan. Mixing the colors while listening to the audiobook Thunderstruck (a true crime story and a technology history in parallel) was quite a pleasure. The cats mostly stayed out of trouble.

I'm tense, because Saturday evening i saw stressing work emails that i declined to address until office hours. I have wrangled all my bits of reminders this morning and think there are not too many monster to-dos hiding under the bed.

Let the Monday loose!


[User Picture]From: annie_r
2013-10-21 08:20 pm (UTC)
pretty yarn (and kitty), but could you make the image a bit smaller?
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-10-22 01:20 pm (UTC)
So sorry about the picture. I set the html to 350 px wide, i thought.
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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2013-10-22 01:57 am (UTC)
You have just made me realize something. And it explains to me why Friends' meeting is one of my three favourite sorts of worship.

Over the past fifteen years or so I've been kind of amused when people talk about the terrible failure inherent in receiving answers or inspirations when they're doing contemplative prayer. My feeling has always been that the intention is to clear space for communication with the divine, which may or may not be received. I thought it was kind of funny to insist on achieving a state of maintained emptiness. Ah, the control that's grasped! And it only just occurred to me that my lack of comprehension is because, to me, that inner light is possible, and important.

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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-10-22 01:34 pm (UTC)
"the terrible failure inherent in receiving answers or inspirations when they're doing contemplative prayer"??

Does this mean that they feel they are not receiving answers or inspiration or that they think they receive answers and they;re wrong or?

I think i'm with you on the lack of comprehension.
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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2013-10-22 02:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks for asking me to clarify!

The idea is that they are working to achieved the state of velvety blankness associated with the phrase "the cloud of unknowing," and that having substance enter that state entails failure.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-10-22 01:35 pm (UTC)
Also, i'm looking forward to reading about your three favorite forms of worship -- if you've already written and i've missed or forgotten, could you point me to the post(s)?
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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2013-10-22 02:47 pm (UTC)
Huh. I doubt I've written about it. So I will. Thanks!
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