Well, it has been quite a long time since I last posted. I could go into great backward looking detail about the various reasons I lost the desire to blog for a while, but I feel like it would be much better to the future. I am here, in my chair, fingers on my keyboard and full of ideas and resolutions for the new year.
One of the biggest things I learned over the past few stressful months is that I need to remember to step back and enjoy the little things in life, from the sounds of the wind in the trees, my husband playing guitar, the kids playing together, the dog snoring quietly. I need to make time for the things I enjoy (such as knitting, blogging, and blogging about knitting!) and not get swept up in the sometimes overwhelming stress of others.
Over the holiday, I started the Happier Podcast by Gretchen Rubin and was motivated by her 18 in 2018 challenge. Basically, the idea is that instead of making new years resolutions that are too loosely defined (such as, I will use up my stash yarn or I will blog more) and therefore, less likely to be kept, set 18 happiness goals to strive for in 2018, #18in2018 (such as, I will use Yarn X to make Pattern Y, or I will set myself a blog challenge). Looking through my yarn stash between Christmas and New Years, I realized that I have a fair bit of yarn that I consider so special that somehow ends up being saved instead of used. It is like my wedding china which is still in boxes in the basement. The special yarn includes some special blends; however, most of the fiber has a personal meaning in some way. Quite a few of the special yarns are souvenirs, including some local Alpaca yarn purchased in the village where my Great Aunt lives in England, some handspun bought in the craft co-op near where my Aunt lives (also in England), yarn brought back from Peru by my husband and yarn bought with my lovely sister while visiting her in Winnipeg. Some of the yarns evoke memories of the past, including some Blue Brick yarn in the delightful colours “Egg Shell” and “Kim’s Barn” which bring me back to my childhood on the farm with chickens, ducks and geese who laid eggs for us in a variety of colours and sizes.
I don’t really know why I am reluctant to use up these yarns, I have an underlying feeling that I should save them for the perfect pattern, the perfect time or the perfect frame of mind? Well, this is the year that I will use up the good stuff! This will be my 2018 blog challenge. Below are a few photos of most of the yarn that is in the “Special” box in my stash – a few new ones that I received as Christmas gifts didn’t make it into the photo session but rest assured they are special and will be used up soon.
I am working on putting the special yarns into my stash on Ravelry and matching them up with patterns in my queue. When I cast on these projects, I plan to reflect on the associated good memories, enjoy the feel of the yarn and the colours as they evolve into a finished object that I will wear or give to someone special. Every time I wear the finished object the memories are bound to be brought to mind. My challenge is to actually do this throughout the year and to share this process on the blog. Note that it is sheer coincidence that there are 18 yarns above! I don’t know if I could actually complete 18 knitting projects in one year but I’ll certainly try to make a dent in the pile!
Next time, I’ll tell you all about my second blog related Happiness Goal for 2018.
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