Friday, April 9, 2010

Walking happy

This week's happy included a nice, long walk in Central Park. We've been having a freakishly warm week here and the sunshine and the chance to walk around without a jacket on were irresistible. It is still very early in the season, so the trees were just starting to release tiny, tender leaves. I love the different shades of green in springtime.

The delight of children crowded around the giant soap bubbles made me smile. I stopped and took it all in, including the beautiful plaza around the fountain. No water yet, but it hardly diminished the beauty. I just miss the sounds of the fountain. I snapped some pictures and felt like a tourist in my own city.

And also this week, I finally gave in to the urge to start knitting. I didn't want to knit a scarf as my first project, and I couldn't think of anyone who really wants one, especially as the weather is warming. I found something I really WANT to make, and because it is a surprise for a friend I won't describe it.

Entering that yarn store and then leaving with the bag of goodies, I felt a surge of happiness. I was giving in to the urge I'd felt since December. The yarns were soft and a pleasure to touch, and all those colors! I showed the sales assistant the pattern so she could help me find the right yarns and needles, but I didn't tell her I'm a beginner. Suffice it to say, the project is not typically what one would choose for their first real knitting project. It involves circular knitting, crochet, and piecing parts together. No peeking! You'll see it when it's done.


  1. I lived in NYC for years and loved playing the tourist wandering around Central Park and walking everywhere so I wouldn't miss anything. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Your photos bring me back to a place I once loved. Have a great weekend!

  2. I, too, loved the photos....felt like I was taking a little walk with you in NYC. Have fun with your knitting project! Happy weekend!

  3. Wow, now that is gorgeous! Spring has really found you, you are so very lucky.

  4. Ooh, I can't wait to see what you get up to with your knitting! I'll look forward to pictures :)

    And thank you for sharing the joy and beauty of Central Park! What a treat!

  5. I was down at the Met the week before Easter - the park was beginning to green up some but those blossoms weren't out yet - wow! Gorgeous. And love the kids and bubbles!
    Can't wait to see what you produce with those yarns - I'm not a real knitter, can do a little. But can't resist buying some gorgeous yarn from time to time, thinking maybe I'll actually do something some time!

  6. Amazing photos! I find such hope in those little buds of green--with so much more to come. Spring has been slow here this year, so I soak it up whenever someone else shares their happy warm moments!

    Good luck on your knitting... that's something I've always wanted to try, but keep pushing it to the back of my list. I bet your project will be beautiful!

  7. Oh NYC! Thanks for letting us relive your walk through photos :)

    I'm not a knitter, but am looking forward to how your project turns out!

    I'm a new follower to this great blog of yours! Looking forward to your future posts :)