Hello! It has been a while. I hope this post finds you all healthy, and coping with all the life dramas being thrown at us at the moment. We certainly live in ‘interesting’ times!
It’s important to be mindful of focusing on resilience in the face of change and staying strong for ourselves and our loved ones at times like this. I’m reminded daily of the old WW2 adage that has been turned into a meme of late, “Keep calm and carry on” (with obvious regard for the measures being taken to safeguard public health of course!)
Much has been said about the value of activities like knitting that allow us to slow down, breathe, and calm our overactive brains. More than ever, I’m valuing this activity that allows me to carve a bit of space and time to regain balance.
Like a few others, taking joy in cooking has also had more of a workout than usual of late!
Music has been another very welcome calming device. My Spotify subscription is working overtime! 🙂
And as always, I take great joy in the grand beauty of our natural word.
I have been thinking about writing regularly again for a while and now is a good time to reconnect with my knitting clan, which I have been distanced from due to various factors (intense work schedule, broken laptop, life dramas, etc). I’ve got a lull in workload for the time being, so I’m grabbing the chance while I have it!
I began blogging during the GFC, and found that it gave me creative freedom that I never got writing for work. It was also the catalyst that led to my development as a designer. It was an outlet to connect with others in a meaningful way and talk about knitting related topics. At that time, I was very socially isolated, having just moved back to New Zealand, and without friends or family where I was living. So much good came out of that period of my life when I had time to focus on things that were meaningful to me. The GFC also marked the beginning of a knitting and hand dyeing renaissance all over the world, developing into what it is now. I’d say this was a good thing to come out of that particular crisis.
I wonder if once the dust settles and the new norm becomes apparent, whether we might find that similar good things come out of having so much of the ‘busy’ taken out of our lives, and we are given the space to refocus, try new things, or reconnect with activities and people who are so important to a healthy social fabric? And indeed, the environment might be given a break? There are so many possibilities!
I am a big believer in seeing the positives in a situation. I don’t see the consequences of containing Covid-19 as being all doom and gloom. The best thing in this particular scenario is that we are not isolated. We have the Internet, social media, Ravelry, chat platforms, so many tools to keep us connected, even if we have to be physically apart. It’s a Good Thing.
In New Zealand, our borders are closed, and people are being actively encouraged to stay put. We aren’t shutdown internally yet, and hopefully that doesn’t eventuate. It is affecting our ability to get together for knitting, attend events and be anywhere in a group larger than 25 in most cases though. Which is where being online will help a lot.
So, what’s on my needles? I have to say I wasn’t really enjoying knitting my Sunshower Shawl in bright orange. It’s just so not my colour, and the pattern wasn’t working well with where my head was. Still, I was very happy to purchase the pattern in support of Ambah O’Brien’s fundraising efforts during the Australian bush fires.
So, having frogged and put that one away, I have started on something that is much more aligned to my preferences in yarn, colour and pattern – the Whiteout Shawl. I am really enjoying knitting it. Just a little bit more garter stripe to get through and then I’m into the favourite lace bit. I’m knitting it in Miss Click Clack and Circus Tonic Handmade (taking a hiatus at the moment?), both single ply merino yarns that are creating that beautiful squoosh and drape that I enjoy creating in shawls.
I’m hoping that soon I’ll be able to tell you more about the latest batch of Mithril by Stansborough. I’m waiting on feedback on my draft from Cheryl Eldridge and once I get her thoughts, I’ll be able to share more about what’s different about the latest batch of this heritage pure wool yarn.
Mithril by Stansborough
Until next time, sending good karma and warm thoughts your way. Thanks for taking the time to read. 🙂