Reflections on a Vocational Happenstance
"Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it." - Mason Cooley
"I have a garden in upstate New York at the headwaters of the Delaware River . . . "
That's me paraphrasing Meryl Streep reading Isak Dinesen.
Oh, how I would love to sound so fine, to be such a good storyteller. I envy that ability to captivate and charm. Perhaps in some other lifetime. We'll see.
Meanwhile I do have a garden in upstate New York, this much is true. A perennial flower garden, around some portions of which there stands a fence.
In much the same way that I fantasize about cultivating Karen Blixen's charisma, I dream of replacing my garden's ordinary, everyday fence with one made of Shetland Fine Lace. And naturally I envision knitting this fence myself.
The plan is not as crazy as you might think, because at least one person has already done it. Anne Eunson, a member of the Shetland Arts and Crafts Association, knitted a fence for her garden out of fish netting twine, and it's perfectly gorgeous. Look here for step-by-step photos if you don't believe me.
The idea isn't very complicated. Using that pattern or another, I know I could knit a lace panel on super-sized needles and fasten it securely to posts. There would be a certain amount of trial and error, surely some false starts and many moments of frustration along the way, but I know I could figure it out.
I also know that if I begin knitting a fence, I will become obsessed with knitting a fence and the project will take over my life until I finish it. There will be no waving of magic wands, no instant results. It will take a lot of time and energy to transform the vision into a reality, and I won't be able to quit until I get it right.
So will 2016 be the year to indulge this particular fantasy?
I haven't decided.
But a woman with a fence like this, wouldn't you imagine her being at least a bit like Karen Blixen?