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Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

So it feels like a bit of a slump right now, but I'm going to lean into it, go with it. It leads me to reassess, reaffirm.

I know I've been a bit absent and it's because I'm dealing with some . . . things. I'm not consciously or purposefully avoiding your emails, but I am a bit slow in replying. I'm still reading my favorite blogs and making it a point to try to really LISTEN to things. All of you inspire me so much.

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals;
cherish the music that stirs in your heart,
the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness
that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will
grow all delightful conditions, all, heavenly environment; of these,
if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.

In the past few days, I seem to have stumbled across more than a few blogs discussing consumption, acquisitiveness, dissatisfaction and stash-shame. I've been reading it primarily on knitting blogs (which really speaks to the depth and breadth of the knitblog community). I'd link to them, but I feel that they were meant for me to see and read. I have no judgment to pass on what others are dealing with in their own lives. I am not ashamed of my humble stash and I feel that I have remarkable self control when it comes to buying and acquiring yarn (and yes, it might sound lilke denial, but I am at peace with my well-timed acquisitions). I love when other knitters share their finds, their acquisitions. It's a rare knitblogger (in my humble opinion) who has an acquisition "problem." People are where they are due to their own choices and decisions. Dissatisfaction is not always a result of over-consumption.

A few of my readers have asked about my plans to podcast. I still intend to do a podcast, but placed it lower on the list for a while to allow me to focus on important family issues. It's begun to ease up and I'm ready to devote some time to a podcasting venture. I'd love to hear from you regarding what you'd like my podcast to contain. I'm curious about how you feel about a podcast's focus, ideal length, interviews, whether or not to include music. If you comment here, feel free to also let me know if you'd like your comment to remain unpublished and I won't share it if that's your preference. Thank you in advance -- you all are the best readers and commenters.

For those who've seen me in person (or have noticed my absence), I know I haven't been totally present in the moment. I do miss knitting with my friends and co-workers.


I was just saying to my mom yesterday how much I love my stash. it is a wonderful thing to be inspired to make something and not have to wait to buy the yarn when I already have it within reach. LOVE IT! I'm going to think about the podcast question. I do listen regularly to Cast On. Brenda Dayne is a good storyteller and has a beautiful voice.

What if it were similar to your knitting group that you have irl? Do you have some friends who would do it with you, or it could be done by yourself as well. But where you are talking about the project you are doing, something you have learned, and then mix you into the entire thing, and wala your podcast. :) Personally, the other podcasts I have been introduced to and have been enjoying it is a mixture between info regarding the craft and a little bit about them.

I agree with your views on a knitter's stash. It IS a matter of control and choice. That said, I can relate to the occasional 'buying frenzy' -- in moderation.
Each to their own I guess... x

PS: I can't wait for your podcast!!

I hope things settle down for you...

As always, it's wonderful to come here and be encouraged. Thanks Janet!


I'm sending you thoughts of peace, acceptance, warmth, and love right now. Can you feel them?

I listen to Cast On, Knitwit: Ranting of a Rabid Knitter, Knitty D and the City, Lime & Voilet and others. I like to hear storys about specific projects, the ups and downs, what you learn from the process, the yarn, the pattern, etc. I also like to hear about how people learned to knit, who taught them, what lead them to knitting.

Whatever you come up with, I'm sure it will be good.

hm. really like it :)