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Family, Friends, and a little knitting.

on August 1, 2011

Well yesterday was quite a big day you know I’m another year older and all. We also said good-bye to the family. My family came to visit from Chicago and we had an excellent week. It has been over a year since we have seen them and my darling daughter was only 5 months old at the time. A lot has happened in the last year and kids grow up so fast especially it seems in the first few months and years. I know we all enjoyed the visit but my parents especially loved seeing all the things that the little one has learned and how she is progressing. Pictures and social media are so nice now to keep in touch with family over long distances, but it does not even come close to the joy of a visit.

What I learned over the weekend is that every once in awhile we need to sit back and enjoy the simple things in life. Nice conversations, a good meal, and most of all family. This brings me to my knitting. I think this is one of the things knitting has truly taught me is to appreciate not only the end result but the process as well. How often do we find ourselves thinking we can’t wait to just have the finished piece? I enjoy the finished piece, but I think most of us knit for the process of knitting. We like the journey knowing that we are able to come back to our roots slow down and think about what we are doing in order to accomplish what we set out to do. Unless you are doing miles and miles of Stockinette or garter stitch of course…

As I stated in my last post I started designing because I love the textures and satisfaction that comes with knitting. I also love the challenge that it provides. The sense of accomplishment and pride that we get in our finished objects can sometimes be indescribable. Can you think back to your very first finished project? How proud were you when you were able to put on an item you made by hand and show it off? How about the first time you learned a new technique? For me the most memorable was learning lace. Completing my first lace project was overwhelming! The best part though is having others admire your piece and being able to say, “no I didn’t buy it. I hand knit it.” I suppose my point is the next time you pick up your needles, or any hobby that you are proud of, enjoy the process. Enjoy the feeling that the hobby gives you and remind yourself why you love it so much. I guarantee you will fall in love all over again!

 

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