22 August 2007

It is a full and meaningful life

I was moaning to Mr Soup last week how tired I am of driving a long distance and sitting in meetings to earn a living. I mused my eternal musing …There must be a way to earn money doing something I love ... to which he replied, What, knitting and eating chocolate? Oh har de har.

But the universe answered (and not sarcastically either). An email came out of the blue from a local production house, asking if I would knit some strawberries for an upcoming photo shoot.

knitted strawberries

And so the sick child and I sat in the late winter sunshine; he coughing, me knitting (when I should have been writing a paper on early medieval documentation and all I can say is it’s a good thing Stephanie doesn’t read my blog or I'd receive a rap over the knuckles. Which would make knitting difficult).

sick child with view

As I knitted, I marvelled at how ‘action follows thought’, as they say.

And then the dog rolled off the cliff before our very eyes.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHAT!!!!!!!!?????????????????????

My float said...

Good lord, I'm hoping the dog's ok (she says munching on your fantastic-beyond-belief-cinammon-and-walnut-substituted-with-honey-macadamias cake!)

ThirdCat said...

I'm assuming dogs bounce.
Also, chocolate eater sounds like an admirable profession to me.

bluemountainsmary said...

You are on fire at the moment! Your photos are beautiful, your recipes are stunning, your musings are insightful, your strawberries get ordered. Anyone would think you lead the perfect life - except you have a dog. that rolled. over the cliff. What the??? oh - and mouse poo in your hair...I needed a good laugh - thanks for providing it...

French Knots said...

Poor dog! Did it climb back up?
What a view, perhaps the dog was distracted by the glorious scenery!

fiona said...

oh lordy !!hope the dog is alright..i love your strawberries, the varigated yarn makes them!nice to meet you!!

Stomper Girl said...

I will go over to Stephanie's blog and dob you in unless you tell me what happened to your dog.

Kim said...

Dogs are so stupid.

crafty said...

Hahaha, Kim is funny. It's true though isn't it? mostly.
Congratulations on your exstrawberdinary good fortune, about the photo shoot thing.
(Hmm, I think I'll leave the clever puns to you from now on, that was terrible.)

Suse said...

Oh calm down, the dawg is fine.

He just scrambled up again, looking very sheepish and avoiding making eye contact.

SharonH said...

Ohhh S - the dog is alright isn't it????? I muse simliar thoughts - especially Monday mornings...and Tuesday mornings and Wednesday...and well, you get my general drift... I KNOW absolutely that I was destine for BIGGER things - I am ready, willing, able and waiting to receive!!!!! Do you think the Universe is listening???

Your strawberries look delightful I hope they are the beginning for lots of new things for you....

Ali said...

Is 'the dog rolled off the cliff' some kind of euphamism that I'm not picking up on???

bec said...

Crikey.

First a good crikey for the strawberries.

Then, y'know, not such a good crikey for that very photogenic dog.

sooz said...

Even Amy hasn't aspired to chocolate eater for what she wants to be when she grows up (though she did go through a phase where she wanted to be a tea taster).

Excellent on the strawbs front though. Very glamorous.

blackbird said...

A full and meaningful life indeed.
(I read all the comments - so I know the dog is okay.)

capello said...

never to be seen again?

tut-tut said...

Your photos ARE great! It must be satisfying indeed to be asked to do something you love.

Martina said...

Thank the gods I read the comments! I was very worried! What a way to end a post!! Love the Strawberries!

shula said...

Are you quite sure you didn't wish for that, too?

manda said...

i love your strawberries

Liz said...

God, I'm glad Dog is ok. I was about to burst into tears.

Those strawberries are so adorable. I remember you posted a picture of one a while back. Good enough to eat!

Joke said...

"Chocolate Critic."

Think of it. Magazines and TV shows and so on, would pay for your expertise; Big Chocolate would send you wagonloads of chocolate for you to taste.

And, much like your Professional Knittery, all you have to do is take a pretty picture and compose a few well chosen words.

AND THEN WHERE WILL Mr. Soup be? HMM?

Thank you! That is all!

-J., Genius

P.S. Don't be greedy and expect the Universe to answer you like that all the time. Learn to settle for, say, a galaxy or maybe even just a solar system answering you.

cosy said...

yay! for money for knit strawberries. did you eat chocolate while you knit them?

velcro said...

sorry, I'm evil but I laughed at the dog rolling off the cliff. (assumed he was fine otherwise more would have been made of it)

Ex-Shammickite said...

Well, that's what happens when you "live on the edge" har har har

Isabelle said...

That's the best ending to a blog post that I've ever read. (I too was assuming that the event wasn't a fatal one.)

elena jane said...

a long time ago i read an ad for chocolate tasters for someplace like harrod's....iirc it was one of my very first blog entries...so there is hope for that careeer after all!
and i LOVE your strawberries....i want to put them in my mum's silver bowl on the dining room table :)

meggie said...

Great news about your delicious strawberries! Could almost take a bite...
And so glad the dog is ok. They do get embarrassed easily.

Stephanie Trigg said...

Hey, nice blog! But truly, I only made that comment on Pavlov's Cat's Blog because she is one of my oldest friends, and because I recognised her procrastination as deeply akin to my own. What was I doing reading her blog when I should have been working? But it's all part of the deep and mysterious nexus between blogging and the rest of life, yes?

Wonderful strawberries, too.

Surfing Free said...

You must have nimble little fingers because those strawberries look GORGEOUS but fiddly to make. My awkward big fingers are spasaming at the thought.

My sister once owned a cat who rolled off her third floor flat verandah while he was luxuriating in the sun. His feet hardly hit the concrete before he had raced back up the stairs and straight under the sofa. No ill effects ... I hope the same can be said for your dog :)

herhimnbryn said...

The Strawbs look gorgeous.
The Dog sounds just like ours.

Anonymous said...

you made me laugh out loud.

and i wish MY dog would roll over a cliff.

- BB

ellen said...

Lovely, yummy strawberries..and I echo the comment..best ending ever. I'm in hysterics..and I am glad the dog is fine.

Lazy cow said...

That's great re: the knitting. I'm sure there's much more call for that sort of thing, and you're just the person to deliver.
I wish my dog would roll of a cliff, just kidding, sort of.

Di said...

I hope the dog's ok too and it wasn't too long a drop!! The strawberries and the view are great!!

Toni said...

those strawberries are so amazing! i especially love the varigated yarn.

Beverly said...

So, any chance there will be a posting of the pattern for the strawberries?

SagePixie said...

"And then the dog rolled off the cliff before our very eyes."

That's going to be stuck in my head all week.

Thank you.

elena jane said...

ooh, i found your pattern for the strawberries in your links....i've just picked up my knitting needles again and have something to aim for!!

those photos are still so gorgeous (and yes, i replied twice, lol) :-)