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Plan revisited

In knitting, stash busting on August 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

School has started and work is overwhelming.  The combination is likely to explode like a series of bullets and hand grenades cast off in war. Damn.  I had a plan to incorporate knitting during my school life because it will help my stress levels.  And even though I had a plan here, I don’t know that it’s going to work. And I’m stressed because I can’t find a project and I need one NOW.

You ever have so many projects you can knit, but somehow you never can find something you can knit? That’s how I feel. I’m not saying I can’t knit while I’m in school, because I CAN and WILL… but I need another go at identifying projects. Maybe hats? After I finish my readings, I’ll have a go at Ravelry and stash.  If you have suggestions at the top of your head, I’m open! I need to knit though…SERIOUSLY. Like now.

 

TKH

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How to get that “Creative Spark: Ruth E. Carter”

In community challenges, designing, finished projects, knitting on August 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

I rose up early to meet the sun at 4 am yesterday. I came across this video on my Facebook feed and I fell in love. I fell in love with the message and I felt inspired to be better and to do better at fulfilling my creative obligation. I pay attention, and even her work space was conducive to a productive workflow. I want to be just like her … Ruth E. Carter.

Creative Spark: Ruth E. Carter:

If I Knit For You

In knitting on August 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

If I knit for you I must love you

On some level, I must.

Romantically or maybe not.

Depends.

But regardless, I.must.love.you

Love is more than a like 

 

Fundamentally

On some level of consciousness I must love you

I work too long and too hard 

Making…Hand-making

Hours upon hours for me not to love you

Knitting until my fingers bleed blood

Red assorted yarn and strings from my fingertips.

 

If I knit for you, it’s a privilege not a right

Let’s be clear

Any demands will be null and void and you get absolutely nothing.

If I knit for you and there is no exchange of that green goblin that runs the world, for what I got…

Then I must love you

If I’ve made you a scarf, a sock or even a hat, I must have loved you.

A sweater

More than likely I haven’t made you one

That’s me giving you my soul

It’s the greatest gift you could ever receive

Up there with my heart

But not easily achieved.

 

In every stitch is a song

A sound so tender and sweet. 

The melody dances to a tranquil place

These days, I knit for myself mainly

I love myself a lot

But I can love you too

There’s room

But, I must love your spirit

I need to see you. 

Deeper than your skin.

Beyond muscles and deeper than neurons

Signaling and transmitting between synapses.

 

I can knit for you

And if I do, it’s because I love you

I must.

 

Knit All The Things

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm

” I like this one! No, this!” Queued, favorited and put on needles… these are the options.  Oh, the endless choices! This is the perpetual story of my knitting life.

We are drawn to the patterns that speak to the very depths of our souls.  It is no issue to knit them, but the daunting task is just to begin.  There is a journey that must be taken to knit all the things.

I find that my mood influences the decision making in project selection. What could have been good one moment, in a flash can no longer be; the need is different. The timing just has to be right to knit all the things and cannot be forced.

My queued and favorites list grows daily. A million queued projects and I keep adding to it despite knowing consciously or subconsciously that I will never get even half way through it in this lifetime or the next two. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? It’s like a game we play and always lose.  I know the newness of the patterns keeps us interested and inspired, but, for me, it adds an internal pressure to knit all the things.  “Delete, delete, delete.” I say, but there are elements of the patterns I love and I cannot let go of and I keep on adding.  I love them all!

How do I address the overwhelming feeling I have that paralyzes my progress, when all I want to do is knit all these beautiful things?

I focus on my stash. I focus on projects in my queue that align with what is readily available in my stash. In choosing a project, I have decided to ask myself these questions, because it is not a matter if it is beautiful or not, because they all are.

What can I realistically make right now? Will I get bored?
Will it make me happy? 
Is it my style?
Does it truly tug at my heart strings?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have all the time in the world, but the time I do have,  I want to spend knitting all the things I love.

Hira is Here

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on August 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

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I am pleased to announce the pattern release for  my original design,Hira.

It is now available on Ravelry and on Etsy.

I’m offering a 10% discount using the code: HIRA7 (on Ravelry and on Etsy).

The code is good from 8/9/14 – 8/16/14

When you make it, I’d love to see it, so please #tkhknits on Instagram!