Reflecting on the year that has just past, casting off the first item from my current project. As the new year starts my current projects another Jade Starmore design Hawk and Hound reminds me of a tapestry, the richness of the colours inspired me to write this post today to partly reflect on how life is like a tapestry. The designs emerged to create this cowl but only after darker colours where knit alongside the brighter hues. Contrasting this with the vibrant colours I am using to knit Damselfly. Both projects have a place and each one of them buried deep thoughts in my mind. Today I will keep to Hawk and hound as it was cast off my needles on the last day of 2018 and was completed (ends sewn) on the first day of 2019.
The colours evoked so many memories of the past year. Dark colours were part of my life and have added to how I feel today. Brighter colours, subdued colours all started to create the tapestry of my year. I missed going out in autumn, to forage for fungi, indulge in the colours of the leaves on the trees. I had to accept this as my health hasn’t been good but sharing photos from friends who were out and about, autumn lived in my mind and heart. We had summer evening walks, something we haven’t had before! Now when I am typing with my fingers so white, it is difficult to imagine, I felt so hot I was out in a sleeveless dress and hoping it would cool down before bedtime (I have to admit, there was only a few nights I didn’t make room for a hot water bottle, just in case!) My energy levels are still not the best and I know sooner or later I will have to give in and seek advice about the setbacks with my leg. I have slept in, that is a shock but it seems I really do need more rest. I have had to limit times online, despite trying to keep up with messages from friends as often as I can. There are times when I can only type one or two replies and have to wait another day before I can catch up with friends online. Genuine friends understand this and I am deeply appreciative of friends like this. Soft tones, bright tones, lighter tones, friends, making up the tapestry of my year.
I won’t dwell on very dark tones as we all know with life online we can encounter wolves, in sheep’s clothing. Sadly this was part of my tapestry but still it was necessary to help me to see and learn who I can trust and how we have to be cautious with ‘friends’ we meet online. I am so thankful there are several groups on Ravelry who have caring people, not seeking to hit the vulnerable and cause confidence to crumble. I deactivated my Facebook account last year. I miss very close friends but know I can find them without this social network. I thought I would look in again but day after day the news about Facebook, it just makes me thankful I made the break. I realise Instagram is owned by the same man but currently I am still there and involved in the knitting community. Ravelry is fine as a database and most of all for private messages (I need to keep my mind focused to update my projects) it isn’t the same for instant interaction. Instagram moves so fast (too fast and with awful ads) but it is bite sized interaction when sharing that helps me when I don’t have full boom to zoom along to Ravelry.
It’s time for me to turn back from past experiences and look towards the new year. My knitting changed significantly last year. I have more of a focus on the wool I will use and a few designers whose patterns I will choose. Everyone knows I don’t like to have a lot of wips (works in progress) and I know this will continue for me this year. I am enjoying heirloom type knitting. I have at last got dad to agree to a new cable sweater (I need to remember I loved knitting cables) we have to decide on a pattern, which is more than likely to be one from a collection of leaflets we have had for years. The choice of colour has been narrowed to two but I am guessing the one owe will choose will still be natural but a colour dad hasn’t had in an aran before. Both of us love the traditional aran colour but we may decide to change things this year.
I am looking forward to Kate’s knitting season with creativity been the theme. I have started my journal after Kate reminded us that our journals weren’t precious (mine was) There is a lot of activity in the group right now but I don’t feel confident among new voices. I read the posts but I am hesitant to post. Hopefully this will change and by letting my creativity free, it will add to my confidence for joining in. I didn’t like the first page I started in my journal but I modified it with a little ribbon and two birds, flying free. One is colourful, the other pencil grey. My journal was free and I realised I prefer to use a pencil. Possibly as I can erase mistakes, there’s no delete key on paper. I have coloured pencils just to make my pages a little prettier but it will be nothing ambitious as I want to enjoy doing this and know at the moment I look forward to creating the next page. We are going to an art shop to buy some sketching pencils. It wasn’t opened today or dad would have been there with me following behind him. I still have knitting plans to make and things to set out but for me the knitting season begins apace on 11th January. I will be keeping to some other plans but am excited to see the patterns Kate has designed (the dress is heading to the top of my list, unless something else takes my breath away!) I hope some of my friends will be along this path with me and we can share like we did in the 7 skeins club. That club brought us friendships we still have today - golden threads of my tapestry.
Speaking of one of these friends, Laura. I was completely surprised to receive a book from the USA, not just a novel Laura had recommended but one Laura had written and self published! Laura’s talents go beyond knitting! her descriptive writing held my attention to the last page. Both dad and myself admire Laura’s talent as a knitter ( she knit me one of the heids!) Chezzetcook Inlet but as a writer and we hope that as a young author, Laura’s voice will be heard as people discover her first novel Where the Music Ends. I haven’t asked Laura’s permission to post a link or I would add one here but her book can be found in the big bookstore online as an actual book with a beautiful cover or a Kindle version.
Thank you to anyone who has read this far! It is about time I ended this post, I think I must chat it all out in my head as my throat is always sore after I finish typing. I have started to knit the pom-pom hat of the hawk and hound set. I still have to feel more confident to cut the steeks of Damselfly, pick up the bands and sew in the sleeves and to sew the buttons on Sheshader. Finishing any garment is as important to me as knitting it. When my mind clears and dad stays inside to be my courage I will engage in some finishing processes but until then I will write in my journal (much prefer this to the Srickplaner, although I had bought this before I knew Kate had her ideas) I opened my Strikplaner today and felt constrained by tiny lines, sections, dates I will use it in a different way this year but there will be pages wasted compared to my Leuchtturm1917 journal
Thank you for reading my blog all last year and welcome to a new year. I do not know what lies ahead but the tapestry of dark and light, all needed. Each day will eventually led to a higher place. My mind is like a richly woven tapestry through strong times and times when I felt tattered and torn.
Friends and knitting are golden, thank you. Beverley