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.
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.