14 April 2015

Beginnings / love your blog

Let's start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A B C
When you sing you begin with Do Re Me
-lyrics written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sound of Music  
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Continuing with Kate at aplayfulday's love your blog challenge, this week's prompt is Beginnings. So ... let's begin!

As one who creates things with her hands, I tend to want to start projects more than begin them. Does that make any sense? It is all how you look at it, really. A new pattern calls. A new yarn entices. A new fabric comes in the mail. A new thread wants to be used. A new technique begs to be tried. As my husband likes to remark about my knitting obsession ... "if you give Tanya a ball of yarn, chances are she'll knit something with it" ... and sooner than later!

So it's exciting to start - to get everything you need for a project out on the table (or in your lap) and ... begin! There's a magic to it all since I've never started this exact project before and truly it makes me very happy, the beginning of it! Usually it isn't long before the project has taken great shape and hits the middle of the road and I'm already off thinking of my next start. Startitis, as I've heard it called. That itching to stitch something NEW, that yearning to cast on something NEW and DIFFERENT. To keep plugging along and finish that project I was so giddy at is the rub.

I love to cook and bake so the beginning of a recipe is always really important. Scanning the ingredient list and making sure I have all the items. Several times I have begun and then realize I didn't have baking soda as remembered or misread the amount of brown sugar I needed and came up with 1/2 cup short ... beginning to prepare in cooking, just as in handmade projects, is just as important because you won't get very far if you aren't equipped with everything needed to get that start off to a good one. With reading, I love to begin a new book. The library is my second home. I'm forever borrowing books and the night table holds many titles that pine for my attention. It's such fun to begin that first chapter, get introduced to the characters and be whisked away into the story. 

Beginnings are very special. They are the firsts. Following where they lead is the journey to behold. Let's go!
(Messalina shawl design by Kay Jones)


  1. Beginnings are very special- they are my favorite!
    Your shawl is beautiful.

  2. I love the beginning of a new project. That shawl is gorgeous :)