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This knitter's story

I want to thank all of my readers for being so encouraging, affirming and receptive to the personal stories I've shared here. Each time I've extended myself even a little bit and given you a glimpse into my non-knitting world, you've been so accepting. However, if you all hadn't dared share your lives first, I probably wouldn't have had the courage to share mine. So thank you.

Next week will be the 4-year anniversary of when I picked up knitting needles to knit some dishcloths for my mom. Four years later, I'm surprised -- not only that I am still knitting but more excited about it than ever. There's just always more room to learn something, to challenge myself and to grow -- those things that I love to do anyway. And a couple of days ago, a timely e-newsletter arrived from Ali Edwards (have you signed up for it yet? You should!)

I'm going to share the quotation that she posted as part of #3 (she gave five points for working through creative fear):

"Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: be intensely yourself. Don't try to be outstanding; don't try to be a success; don't try to do pictures for others to look at - just please yourself."- Ralph Steiner

There always seems to be an undercurrent of competitiveness during the holidays but I try really hard not to make it about what I'm doing vs what others are doing. I am not trying to be the most organized or have all my shopping done by a certain date; my genuine effort is to give my time and my focus to others -- and to make absolutely sure I am not too busy to really BE THERE. I think it's important not to demand more of ourselves during the holidays than we typically do throughout the year. Do what brings your families, friends and loved ones JOY.

Simply wrapped

I have a lot to share over the next several days, but this is meant as a big thank you to those of you who stop by and read my little knitting blog and take the time to comment.


Aw, thank YOU! You always get me thinking and I appreciate that!

Gosh! It seems like you have been knitting for AGES. That quote stood out to me, too.

Yes, thank you for your always fantastic posts!

What a sweet post. I love that people are brave enough to share with others and give a little glimpse into their lives.

Your wrappings are beautiful!

Excellent entry, Janet! Wonderful words, link and that quote is certainly
so very true. Nice wrapping!! and...
Thank you, too.

Sometimes the holidays are a challenge but I find when I keep it simple it's the best way to enjoy it and stay sane.

always worth stopping by. like your thoughts on avoiding being competitive at this time of year.

Very well put and you introduce me yet again to another very interesting person/ideas on the Internet.

Hum, had no idea you had been knitting for only 4 years.

I love reading your blog. You always make me think. I am trying to keep the holidays simpler this year, too. I want to enjoy my family without being stressed about everything being perfect.

That is a lovely post!

Janet, your post really struck a great point in me and I admire your courage to put it into words. Thank you!

You are such a talented knitter, writer and photographer. Love your work.

Happy Knit Anniversary in advance.

And thank you for that article link. Even though I do not scrap it is so relevant for any hobby!

I loved this part the most "Perfect is embracing the imperfection inherent in creating something that comes from your heart, and your head, and your hands. Let it go. "

And will be printing/bookmarking this article as a reminder.

Thank you for sharing!! It really was a blessing!

ahhhh. thank YOU. you are always a JOY to visit! :)

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