One of my New Year's resolutions was to spend more time with people face to face. And this is one resolution that I've been able to keep!
One new thing I do is I meet with a small knitting group once a month. We talk about what we are reading, and what we are cooking, and what new knitting patterns are out there, and what yarns we are enjoying, and what our hopes are for future projects, and where we plan to travel, and how our families and pets are doing...
Couple the resulting limited online with the work I'm doing on MY BOOK every day, and the result has been that I haven't managed a blog post in a while.
I was working on Chapter 8: Getting It Done, writing about the dangers of perfectionism and over importance, and it struck me that I could get past my blog writer's block if I thought of all of you as my knitting group! So, let's see what happens!
If you were sitting in my living room--or better yet, out in the garden--right now we'd be drinking coffee (or tea, if you prefer) and I'd be telling you about some cool things some of my friends are doing right now:
Brenda Dayne: Brenda is teaming up with Felicity Ford (author of Knitsonik, an inviting book about using inspiration pieces to develop color ways and motifs for stranded knitting--Schoolhouse Press is carrying this book in the US) to offer a Quotidian Colorwork and Bespoke Yoke combined workshop in Wales this May. And take a look at the venue! Honestly? I wouldn't hesitate to sign up....
David Roth: Don't you just hate being at a yarn store, ready to purchase yarns for that sweater you promised your special someone, and you can't remember what size they are? Well, David has created an iPhone/iPad app for specifically for anyone who knits, crochets, or sews: Fitzy. Here's David's description: "Created at the request of knitters, Fitzy helps you track measurements. It comes complete with lists of common measurements for sweaters and socks, and you can add your own measurements whenever you want. Track all the important numbers for the people that you knit, crochet, or sew for and take them with you everywhere with Fitzy." All for $1.99!
Rachael Herron: My friend Rachael's newest book, Splinters of Light, came out two weeks ago. This is a beautiful, loving, and unblinded look at how early-onset Alzheimer's disease affects a woman, her teenage daughter, and her twin sister. The subject matter is devastating, but the exploration of relationships is warm and truthful. Who's life is free from tragedy? We can all find things to relate to in this book. I recommend it highly.
Cat Bordhi: Cat, of course, needs no introduction! Her open-hearted approach to life seems to entice us all into her web. A few years ago Cat found a new love in the knitting and people of South and Central America, and she has been co-leading bucket-list tours there ever since. For those of us unable to attend, however, Cat and Jim are offering a closer alternative: the Let the River Carry You Retreat, in San Juan Bautista, California, May 20 & 21st. A luxurious opportunity!
Now it's your turn: if we were sitting together what would you tell me about?