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Omega Part II: Photos & More Lists

I thought I had more to say about this…but I really don’t. I do have more pictures, though, and it felt incomplete letting Part I just sit there implying there was more…so I’ll just toss out a few more Facts About Omega–though mind you, they are way less interesting than the ones in Part I.

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Omega, Part I

It turns out I was very sick. But I’m all better now, and even more so because just as I turned the corner on my bronchial/pneumonia disaster, I drove out to Omega. It was my first time, and I wasn’t there for a workshop or anything. I’d booked the trip months in advance, like a carrot on a stick, to get me through a very busy Spring and early Summer. It was meant to be a soothing experience.

But it was also meant to be an investigative, learning experience. I work with spirituality, but I don’t honestly know very much about it. Academically, I understand about energy healing and shamanism and trance meditation, but I believe it in the way I believe in religion–I don’t know what the truth is, and I have no way of knowing, so I’m just going to be respectful and knowledgeable enough to avoid sounding like an idiot.

Which is fine for most folks, and would be fine for me if I didn’t, you know, work in the world of spirituality. 

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I’m sick. Just your ordinary fever-and-cough virus, but I feel crappy and I don’t like it.

Not that anybody likes being sick. Except kids who don’t want to go to school of course–that was the best. I got to build a fort in the conference room’s at my parents’ offices and just lie there and read and eat N’ice cough drops (remember those? They were my favorites). It was heaven.

It’s not quite heaven now, because a) I can’t find N’ice cough drops anywhere, b) I have things to do, and c) even if I cleared my schedule and stopped doing all my things and lay down and read, it isn’t quite the same.

But maybe it can be.

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It’s both the easiest thing and the hardest thing to start something new.

When you’re first starting something, it’s exciting–anything is possible! It could be amazing! And you don’t have to be able to do it perfectly yet, because you’re just starting, but obviously you’re going to be fantastic at it, almost instantly.

But “exciting” is almost a synonym for “scary,” because new always means the unknown. And maybe it won’t be amazing, after all.

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This is a very personal pattern, in the sense that it was designed specifically for Willow, and with specifics in mind.

Maile is a fragrant vine endemic to Hawaii, and it is traditionally used as a kind of very special lei; Dave and I wore maile leis on our wedding day.  The lei is traditionally worn open, draped over the shoulders, and the leaf pattern in this sweater echoes that.
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A blanket of concentric squishy squares, Honeycomb is simple, homey and versatile. Inspired in part by the mitered shaping in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket, I knit it as a baby blanket, but of course now that it’s done, it looks good everywhere, and in all likelihood will spend just as much time on various household laps as wrapped around a baby.

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