"Think about someone you love and give them something nice." (A leaf left in my mailbox....)
On January 5, 2005 I wrote these words:
In 2005 I resolve to:
1. Lose weight (good so far!)
2. Floss (ditto)
3. Create a blog (can you see the pattern here? I'm a total success so far... we will NOT discuss the remaining items on the list)
The bald and uninteresting facts are these: I'm a 52-year-old woman. I live in Berkeley, California. I am a part-time freelance technical editor and desktop publisher. I am married. I am the mother of a teenage girl. I am owned by a dog.
And I just love fiber in all its guises.
I moved to California from Seattle 6 months ago. The knitters here have been very welcoming--and pretty much every one of them has a blog. And like heroin users they have been relentless in their encouragement of my starting one.
My hope is that this blog will help me keep track of my knitting life (that poor old knitting journal has been ignored for years), help me make new friends and keep in touch with the old, make up for the fact that I can't seem to get the Christmas cards sent off, and inspire me to continue exploring spinning and tapestry weaving as well.
But first, let's see if I can actually post this thing...
And since then there have been lots and lots of words! So many words that I wondered if I had anything left to say.... But a few gentle prods have brought me back to why I began sharing my life online.
In the last 10 years I've had losses: my mother, my mother-in-law, a few friends, our dog Shadow. I've had gains: so many new valued friends, a daughter who has grown up to be a lovely young woman, a dachsund Mason. I've moved back to Seattle and then back to Berkeley, driving back and forth so often, gaining confidence in my ability to handle such a harum-scarum life. I've explored some foreign countries: Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. I broke my ankle and learned first-hand about the generosity of people. I've left my job as a technical editor and started Feral Knitter, selling yarns and patterns for Fair Isle knitting--and, not incidentally, learning more than I expected about computers and social media. I have begun gathering my thoughts about color and knitting into a book, with the support of a web of writers. I lived through a 5-month-long kitchen remodel. I shared what I learned about Fair Isle knitting, good books, good recipes, good places. Along with a political rant now and then!
These were all ahead of me when I posted that first entry. And you've shared them all. So many words....
...and yet it seems that there are many more words where those came from.
Because I began this blog 10 years ago with a list of resolutions, I will keep up that tradition. In 2015 my touchstone word is HEALTH. Health in the larger sense:
- I've set up a standing desk to help my posture.
- I'm making a point of seeing people more frequently.
- I'm getting back to the paleo/primal diet that suited me so well.
- I'm walking more.
- I removed the solitaire game off of my iPad--such a deadlly time waster!
- I will see my doctor for a check up (it's been 3 years since I've seen her)
- I will get massages when I need them.
- I'm clearing up my environment--what my mother-in-law called "mucking out" (yes, another person hit by the KonMari* bug!)
- I will do a better job of responding to emails and blog comments so I can build my relationships.
- I'm working on a few big knitted projects--in the last few years I've concentrated on pieces for teaching or for pattern sales, and I've missed the personal expression side of the craft (the art) of knitting.
And, of course, I'll be sharing it all with you! THANK YOU for reading my blog, whether you've been with me all these years or have just discovered it--it amazes me constantly that our world allows this form of communication, and I appreciate that you show up.
In honor of my resolutions I threw out my worn and disreputable fleece vest from SOAR 2005!
*The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up** by Marie Kondo, a book that seems kind of goofy to start with--but packs a powerful punch. As Gingko said (paraphrased): "You can't clear up a mess with logic. Logic tells you that this thing will be useful someday, or is worth something, or that is has some sentimental value.... But this book talks about using emotion to sort things: 'Does it spark joy?' That's something I can act on." My friend Rachael Herron has been documenting her heroic journey over on Yarn-a-Go-Go--take a look and get inspired! She refers to a number of great resources.
**This is an Amazon affiliate link. I get a teeny percentage of any purchase and I donate all proceeds to Heifer International.