Day 7 – Wow!!

So we come to the end of the 5th Annual Knit and Crochet Blog Week!  As usual Day 7 asks that we look back and look forward.  Last year was the first time I participated and my blogging skills were still somewhat minimal.  I have improved on those skills and have been able to post on a somewhat regular basis.  I’m hoping to continue to improve my technical skills and keep up with the postings.  This year’s topics really required me to think outside of the box I usually think in so it was a great exercise for me.  I found some fun new blogs to read.  I’ve been working on some other knitting/writing related projects and I’m hoping when next rolls around I will have made some progress on those and hope to share that news with everyone!  Mostly I just hope that I’m still knitting and still writing next year!!

Happy New Year!

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Source: http://www.someecards.com/usercards/nsviewcard/MjAxMi01MTRlODQxNGM0M2E3YTIx

I ran across this morning while perusing Pinterest for inspiration for new hats and it fit perfectly with today’s post!  (Follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/jenknitaround/)

I have been thinking about what I want to knit in this coming year. In addition to the usual knitting resolutions (finish WIPs, knit from stash, and the above write down where I left off)  I’ve come up with a short list (although, probably still too long to be reasonable).  I will check up on this list at the end of the year and see how much I actually got done!

1. Yarn bombing: I love the whole idea, concept, process of yarn bombing.  I went to Pittsburgh last year to check out Knit the Bridge.  I’m going to start local, very local as in my home.  The ladies I knit with and I have been talking about this for awhile but this is the year, at least for me.  I have an old wrought iron gate on my front porch which had not been well cared for.  Every spring I attempt to do something to make it look somewhat better.  And then it hit me, yarn bomb it!  I’ve got a ton of scraps and just need to knit some tubes and tie them on.  I can’t wait to get started.  I’d also like to take the idea of yarn bombing into the community.  I have a few ideas and just need to get some time and look into how feasible they may be.  Hoping for the best!

2. More hats: I would like to add more hats to my inventory.  This year I would like to focus on holidays and special events.  This morning I was searching for some inspiration for a Valentine’s hat.  The hardest thing about Valentine’s is finding something somewhat unisex but hopefully I’ve come up with something that will work.  I might also take a stab at an Olympic inspired hat as I love the Olympics and I love to knit and what baby doesn’t need one??

3. Puzzle pieces: Last year I saw a link about a pattern for a puzzle piece blanket.  The designed was donating some of the proceeds from sales of the pattern to Autism Speaks.  Like everyone, I know several friends who have children on the spectrum and I love to help the cause whenever I can.  I bought the pattern (which you can find here) but have done nothing since.  I have a few ideas and will need to figure out which is best.  Stay tuned!

4. Blogging: While not directly related to actual knitting I would like to continue to improve and use this blog.  I like many posts where people share what they are working on today so I am going to try to incorporate that on a regular basis (not sure about once a week, twice a month or the exact frequency) but it seems like a fun way to share current projects, yarns, etc.

Now, I guess I better get started because time’s a wasting!  Happy knitting to all this year!

 

When the universe hits you over the head…

all you can do is wake up and listen!  This is how I felt yesterday.  I had spent the morning in court arguing about matters that involved some very serious issues.  I felt like we were filming a scene out of Rainmaker by John Grisham and I’m not the right side of that case…  We had a break between court and a deposition in one of the cases that we had been discussing in court.  My very dear friend and I stopped to grab lunch between and our conversation went a little like this: 

Friend: I kept thinking I can’t this is my life

Me: That’s funny I kept thinking #fml and how people use that way too liberally.  Spend one day with us and you will know what that means!

We made it to our deposition and I proceeded to starting surfing the net.  I had not been on Facebook all day and I had a lot of time which led me to scroll way, way down.  One of the items that appeared in my news feed was telling me that the owner of my LYS had liked a post so I read the post.  The post read:

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own book, let me help you in person next April at this retreat!

And had this link attached – http://potluckyarn.com/classes/stitch-n-scribe-retreat-april-2014/  And so I clicked on this link and was utterly amazed.  If I could’ve dreamed up the perfect event this would be it.  I had posted awhile back about my goals with knitting and blogging and I just don’t know how to take the next step.  This retreat provided the direction that would help down the path.  It was in Vermont, in the spring and it sounded a little like heaven, especially in that moment as I sat there with #fml running through my head.

I was so intrigued I e-mailed for more info.  I’m a Libra so it takes me awhile to make decisions.  I was concerned about the price (although very reasonable) and taking time off from the day job (especially with a planned week long vacation the month before and a profession that frowns upon vacations)  I don’t usually invest this much money in my “hobby” but if I have any hope of turning this into a profession this could be just the first step I need to take.  And, what do they say??  You just have to jump and go after your dreams and nothing will happen if you do nothing.

I went right from work to my side job of babysitting (the “babies” are all very much kids now) and thought more about it.  When I got home late last night I sent in the down payment.  If there is one thing that will get me to move is knowing there is a limited number of spots so I jumped and took the opportunity.

Part of the reason I did it was because I could not help but to think the universe was slapping me in the face and I didn’t feel I could sit and do nothing.  A look at the number of events that came together for me to learn about the retreat.

1. Super long morning in court with limited access to internet and thus Facebook.

2. A particularly awful day.

3. My LYS owner is not on Facebook that often and the post she liked was from Oct. 29

4. Her liking of that post showed up in my news feed.  We all know how random Facebook is with what shows up in one’s news feed.  I can flip over now and flip over in five minutes and have different stories in the feed.

5. There was still space – they do limit the number of participants due to the nature of the classes.

I’m super excited about the retreat and learning how to further my writing and enjoying Vermont in the spring!!  So, thanks universe for the call to action – I will take full advantage of it!