Joyful holiday knitting
I'm allowing myself the indulgence of TINIEST little bit of gift knitting since I've made some progress on other things. Since I didn't set out to DO any gift knitting this year, it's turned out to be a sweetly relaxing activity instead of a stressful one . . . and somebody will have warm feet, another couple of people will have warm necks and perhaps somebody will have warm hands. It's a nice feeling to be un-rushed.
The tree is up and filled with our favorite ornaments and a couple dozen candy canes. I'm looking at it thinking it definitely needs some miniature handknitted ornaments and perhaps a cute garland next year. Right now a gorgeous yellow lab is asleep on her bed at the base of the tree. Tonight I'll be making my favorite guacamole for a celebration I'm attending where knitting is not only allowed but ENCOURAGED.
As a devastating 2005 flowed into a stress- and challenge-filled 2006, I'm thankful just to be here doing anything at all and I'm grateful for each deep, cleansing breath. I'm learning that I don't need to be crippled by worry (a former bad habit) and I don't need to question or excuse the good fortune that comes my way. I've noticed that most people go from one character-building experience to another and the only difference is the way we choose to approach it. So I've taken responsibility for my own perspective, my own choice to find the joy. In EVERYTHING.
And the knitting I've done this past year? It's been a blessing to be able to find calm and solace in it. What I hope for 2007 is that I can teach others how to knit and encourage beginners. I hope that's returned to me while I learn some new things of my own -- spinning, dyeing -- who knows what else!
Have any of you non-blogging knitters reading this right now thought about starting your own blog in 2007? Please do! Don't feel intimidated by what other bloggers or knitters are doing. It won't necessarily keep you from knitting, but it might make you think about it more and perhaps experience it differently. Try it.