Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Being Still

It has been slow going here at the Bear Ears household. After getting better from one illness, another set in. And as I started to recover again, my poor computer developed a crack in its screen. (I was told it was flaw, not something I had done. I knew that. I baby the thing and the crack appeared while sitting quietly watching a video.) All of this occurred right before leaving for a trip we had been planning for a few months. Knowing that there was no way to go on the trip unless I got better, I dropped everything and became still. I'd forgotten how important it is to have times of silence and thoughtfulness. I had run myself down much lower than I had realized. Not just physically, but emotionally and creatively as well. Being sick was a blessing in disguise. 

While being more still, I also was able to finish up a design that has been in the works for the past two years. (Knitting counts as still, right?) It is off with the test knitters at the moment. It is everything I wanted it to be and it only took many months of hair pulling to get it right.

As with everything else that has slowed down, so has the sock knitting. Two months ago I was putting the toe into my Pucker sock (left) and working on the heel of the striped sock (right). I've hardly made it down the leg of either second sock.

I do have a little bit of happy yarn news though... well happy for me. While we were gone on our trip, a new skein of yarn appeared in my mailbox. I purchased it in March and waited to have it dyed. It is the Monopoly Money color way from Desert Vista Dyeworks. It is pretty and I love it. It seems like the kind of future socks that would be great to wear at a game night.

I'm a bit more motivated to get a sock done so that I can play with my new yarn. Mmmm.... new yarn.


Alicia said...

I gave in to my urge for more knitting motivation and started a new sock. Sometimes, powering through old knits isn't worth it if you end up not knitting at all!

Your new shawl looks gorgeous. I'm sorry you've had a rough time of things lately but hopefully all will be on the mend now. On the subject of stillness, I've started meditation using (there's also an app) and I really like it. I've noticed a big change in my mood since spending a few minutes following the meditations. I don't even do it daily, just 3-4x a week, and it seems to make a difference. Just fyi!

Anonymous said...

I am glad that through allowing yourself some still time, you have managed to get some knitting done and also got better. It is worrying how much you push yourself girl! Your shawl looks very intriguing. I look forward to seeing the big reveal!

Anonymous said...

Looks like we're in a similar situation right now, my knitting has slowed down quite severely in the past few months and I desperately miss it. But I think this summer should bring me lots of knitting time hopefully. Looking forward to the big reveal of your new design!

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