the nanojoumo journal prompt for november 3 was inspire. i thought of a lot of different people, and different artists, but settled on buddha. the way he lived his enlightened life is an inspiration to me. i have to continually remind myself to be more compassionate, kind, centered .... to just be in the moment.
i'm sad it's not showing up, but the rectangular strip above the dalai lama's image was from a parking receipt. it included the date and time. poo. you'll have to use your imagination.
i wanted to share some other work besides the nanojoumo pages. this is a seed stitch clutch (rav link) that i made for my friend's birthday...which was in april! i think i did the knitting in march. plenty of time, right? but then came the parts i didn't know how to do: crochet, line the bag and add a zipper. the pattern pictures included a lined bag, so i was disappointed when the pattern merely said something like "so you can line it and add a zipper if you want." the whole process intimidated me. i set it aside for a long while.
my friend was planning on moving away from chicago. i was determined that the bag should go with her. so one day i just finally decided to get serious. i looked at a lot of websites, read the happy hooker, looked at more websites and just got to work. i made a lot of mistakes, and i would probably do it differently were i to do it again. but i accomplished it! i was able to give her the bag at her going away party. only 6 months late (i've never been that late before).
here we are together for the last time. francine and gerri.