Well, I've wrestled the blog to the mat! Sort of. At any rate, after I broke it I had to fix it. I cannot tell you how long it took me to figure out how to make the sidebar buttons and a new banner... or how many swear words I used.
Why was I so disgruntled? (And what is a gruntle, anyway?) Why did I feel like I needed to do it? That's an interesting question—I fell prey to the pressure of expectations, I guess. I began to feel that I was not as good as other bloggers; I forgot that I began writing 7 years ago to simply share my discoveries, to let people know what I was up to. And the amazing thing is that this blog--as unglamorous, unplanned, unproofread, unsophisticated as it is--has created so many contacts and opportunities I could not have dreamed of back when it was first published. But you know what? I'm not a professional blogger and I'm not a professional photographer. I don't need to hit a certain visitors every day, nor do I have any affiliate links to monitor. I just enjoy playing with color and shapes, I like to share my life online, and I trust that you accept me for what I am. I'll try to keep the insecurity from shouting so loudly next time!
What Else is Going On?
What I am, at the moment, is a person cleaning house to prepare for another 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle workshop—the second one in three weeks. I really enjoy teaching this and love meeting the creative people who sign up to learn how to create personal, unique, meaningful garments. A pleasure for sure.
By the way, I'm teaching three 1-day classes at the Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo this November: the Fair Isle Tam class, which focuses on how to use color in Fair Isle without the anxiety of choosing colors; the Mini-Fair Isle Sweater class, focused on construction and fit of a seamless Elizabeth Zimmermann-style yoke sweater; and the Fair Isle Yoke Sweater class, where I cover construction and fit of a Zimmermann yoke sweater, concentrating on color choices for the yoke pattern. There are slots left in each of these classes.
If you are interested in my teaching schedule for 2013, please sign up for my newsletter at Feral Knitter. You'll then be the first to know.
What I've Been Up To
I just finished a 30-day exploration of diet and health, the Whole 30 plan conceived of by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The Whole 30 is designed to help people break free from addictive eating patterns, from foods that are potentially harmful physically, from less-than-optimal choices. I had several reasons for trying the program: increasingly irritating seasonal allergies, an intractible weight problem, disturbed sleep patterns, snoring (according to my husband, so take that with a grain of salt), some intestinal issues that shall remain nameless, and a general lack of focus and energy.
The 30-day program involved refraining from all grains, all dairy, all sugar, all soy, all legumes, all vegetable oils, all chemical additives--well, that sounded pretty darn scary when I thought about it! But I've done a lot of reading and became convinced that I should give this a try to give myself the very best chance at continued good health through my 60s.
The verdict? Absolutely worth it! I was afraid that I couldn't do it, honestly--I loved my coffee with cream and Splenda; two cans of diet Dr Pepper every day; and meals built around bread. However, it didn't take long before my body made it crystal clear that it was extremely happy with the pared-down eating style.
I managed all 30 days with only two slips: some salted caramels a houseguest left and a diet Coke at a party. In fact, despite my fears, I have found myself so settled into this style of eating that I expect to keep it up longer. As promised, I no longer crave the food groups I've cut out. Even so, the Whole 30 is not necessarily intended to be a lifelong diet--I intend to re-introduce food groups in a regular way to find out if any of them cause negative reactions.
But today I'm very happy--more energetic, more clear, 14 pounds lighter, and healthier. Less disgruntled, in fact.
I like that fact that we can keep learning and changing throughout life.