It’s about that time where folks have lost their wits about themselves because other people actually are making attempts to change their lives on January 1st. Now I’m not quite a part of the “New Year, New Me” camp, but if I see you wanting some change for your life, then go ahead on and work it out. Change is hard, so cut people some slack!
What I’ve been doing for myself for the past several years has been to toss aside that dirty little “R” word and set a plan for intentional living. These are the base intentions for my life that continuously encourage me to strive for happiness, mindfulness, a healthy lifestyle, minimum financial burden, to keep walking a spiritual path, continuous education (formal or informal), and always learning something about myself, my loved ones, and my world. Out of that plan, it has spawned a “Word of the Year”, which is CONNECTION for 2019.
To translate that idea to my creative projects, means I intend to put more of my heart and focus into my creative passions. I’ve forced myself to use a lot of materials and fibers I’ve no longer loved out of obligation. I’ve tossed aside projects that didn’t turn out as “perfect” as expected. I’ve held out on a few projects and techniques because I thought it might be too crazy or beyond the norm. I’ve also created things for myself that didn’t speak loud enough for my personality at times. I realize that I might not feel a warm and fuzzy about every single thing I create, but it has to start out on the right track: Digging deeper for inspiration and connection to the materials and/or project at hand.
I’m setting the intention to take a huge step outside of my comfort zone this year to practice, keep, share, create, and wear the things that are meaningful and inspiring to me.
And that ultimately leads me to the epic knitting project I’m taking on. I let a friend “convince” me into joining her in knitting the Indian Nights Blanket.
Now I know I JUST wrote about connection, inspiration, and intention, but this project relates.
- It’s a loose KAL with a friend so she will listen and understand to my cries of weaving in all of those tails.
- I’ve always wanted to knit a blanket. Just one. In high school, I tried to crochet one for my twin bed…in only single crochet. I started another one so many years ago from inexpensive yarn I ordered online. I hated the colors when it showed up, but I still tried to make it work. It didn’t. And I would rather knit it in pieces than one whole piece so I can switch up projects.
- I need more colorwork in my life! I claim to love colors and prints so much, but a lot of the things I chose to knit use only one or two colors. I think this blanket blows that out of the water.
I even started my first square before 2018 came to a close!
Happy New Year, peeps!