Abundance and over-abundance, such a fine balance. Valerie's recent blog entry was very good on the subject. I've been sorting through my stash of yarns, books, magazines, and rovings, thinking about how they got here and whether they should stay. For me the line is this: if the things I have spur me to make or do something, then I have abundance. If the things provoke confusion or feeling of being overwhelmed or bored, then I have over-abundance and need to take corrective action.
I've been reading a lot recently. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg is a gem of a book. Molly blogs as Orangette; the book is a chronological collection of essays about her life and food. There's nothing precious about it, just really good writing--I heartily recommend this one.
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner was an enjoyable voyage around the world. I really enjoyed this--a humorous (but not facile) look at the serious question: How can we be happy?
And for color fanatics, Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota, edited by Dale Carolyn Gluckman, is inspirational.
This link leads to more information about the artist and pictures of his work.
I've also been knitting a simple cardigan out of Silke Tweed I found in my stash. It is soothing to knit such a plain piece while my head is filled with plans for more complex color work!
And I've been spinning up the natural dyed roving that I spoke about a few posts ago:
Now I will determine how much yardage I have and what I want to make with this!
It's a full life, indeed.