Cassie had a post last week about the search for beauty, which was inspired by a hand made card a friend had sent to her. The post was, in turn, inspiration to me. We all love to behold, create, and have beautiful things in our lives. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but it can also be in every little part of our daily lives. Every thing we do in the course of the day is a part of the process of our lives and it seems a shame to ‘hate’or dislike any part of the gift of life.
Admittedly cleaning the house isn't something most of us enjoy but, what if we looked at it with gratefulness, a joy at what we have that others may not. Instead of complaining about the need too dust or vacuum, perhaps we could acknowledge each item we own as we dust…touch it; honor it as the gift that it is and the beauty it brings into our home.
As we clean the floor imagine what it would be like to have a floor of dirt or no floor at all, just a bit of sidewalk. We should all be more aware of our surroundings and feel blessed to have what we do have. All the things we dislike in our lives are still a part of the daily process. Even the smallest pea adds flavor to a large pot of soup.
The same can be said of knitting. As we pull out and restart a project we can become upset, unhappy that we didn't do it right. Instead of angst, we can be thankful we have the ability to see the error and redo, that we have nice yarn and knitting needles with which to knit and in many cases we have a stash of yarn that will keep us knitting for years to come without purchasing another thing. Part of the process of knitting and of life, is the ebb and flow, the ups and downs, the good and bad. Nothing is perfect, nothing in life goes without a hitch, and without loss you can’t be grateful for what you have.
It looks like Stephanie’s Knitting Olympics has hundreds of participants. It will be quite a feat to knit a challenging project in 16 days. There are already two challenging projects on my needles, but I want to do my best to meet a challenge of Olympic proportions. There can be no project acquisition as I have the StashAlong goal to meet (that alone is a challenge!). I am not a Type A personality and don't handle stress well and dislike deadlines, too. So, what can I do in 16 days that will keep me knitting with the hoards?
In the spirit of Eddie the Eagle this is an alternate challenge. Eddie gave the Olympics his best shot even though he could not win. He trained and played his best, while he had fun and enjoyed the process. If ever any athlete was about the journey it was Eddie. If you want to knit during the games and enjoy your knitting, without deadlines or duress, you can join me in an Eddie Along. It’s all about the process here. Pick a project, knit for the love of it and soar like Eddie. If you finish…good for you, if not, you win anyway.
This button is for you any who would like to enjoy the process without pressure. There are only two roolz:
1. Cast on (or knit a long neglected WIP if you choose) February 10th (any time you like) and end during the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games on February 26th, or not.
2. Enjoy the process, each step, forward or back. It’s all good.
You could actually join both KALs but, that would mean little or no complaining (well, let's say no hissy fits) if you make an error or need to frog. Everything in 'the process' is good.
Thank you for all your fun comments on my Jaywalker socks. To address the questions about the orange flags I'll give you a bit of background. Downtown SLC has very wide streets for which we thank Brigham Young. He wanted a street in which he could turn around a wagon and four horses easily. Plus the blocks are very large as seven blocks are about 1 mile. Anyway, there were too many auto pedestrian accidents a few of years ago and many people were not only hurt but killed.
With a big campaign to make drivers and peds more aware of each other, changes were made to the crosswalks. The main cross walks now have a big LOOK sign painted on the ground as you enter the street and there are also count down clocks so you know how much time is needed to get across the (very wide) street. Because the blocks are each so long there is a crosswalk at the mid-point of the downtown blocks. Each one, especially a crosswalk without lights, was set up with a bucket of orange flags (Martha, you had that vision right!) so any pedestrian can easily be seen if they carry a flag. There have been very few auto/ped accidents since the changes were implemented. So now you know the rest of the story.
Liz of Pocket Farm has a new home! (Please change your feeds.) It's a great new place, Liz. Does this mean we'll see more of you?
One more thing...did you know there are mittens in Utah's desert?