Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stitching Saturday: Knitting Retreat

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I had the honor to take part in a Contemplative Knitting Retreat last weekend, and it was such an amazing experience. I have a few crafty friends in real life, and when my friend Linda lived nearby I would go over to her house from time to time to knit together, but aside from that, I've never knit in a group with anyone else.

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I have to say that what struck me most about this time spent with other knitters is that I realized... knitters are freaking awesome. Like, all of us. :)

Sometimes I have these moments when I go to the symphony or listen to live music and I just feel so moved by what I'm seeing, and I look around and realize no one else is feeling it at all (or at least they don't look like they are).

But in this group, I looked around and to my surprise and delight, so many people had the same look of awe and wonder on their face when they heard music, talked about the beautiful nature all around us, listened to poetry, etc. I kind of felt I'd found a home. :)

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The country was gorgeous - at night I could see so many stars, and the air just smelled right. It felt like a camping trip with air conditioning, good healthy food and lots of amenities, like really soft bed sheets and hot showers. :)

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It was a nice mix of women from different faiths, so the contemplative aspect was very inclusive - there were spiritual readings, a Eucharist service on Sunday, and also reading from poetry and novels, while we all knitted. We could either join in a discussion or just listen. There was a talented violinist who played music each day, and that was a special treat - to be sitting just 2 feet away from such beautiful music.

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It was a gorgeous experience, and I can't wait for the next one!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stitching Saturday: Do What You Can Do

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I'm in love with this free pattern by Mollie Johanson. Lately, Do What You Can Do has become my informal mantra - the busier my life becomes, between blogging, real work, family, and volunteering - the more I realize that life will always be decisions as to what's important, what needs doing first, and what is a priority.

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Recently, I was sent these beautiful Merino wool threads by Mountain Meadow Wool, so I did a test-drive and review on Feeling Stitchy.

It was a lot of fun, and challenging, as I was juggling a couple of other projects simultaneously, someone in my family was sick, and I was doing a lot of volunteering for the animal shelter and my church.

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I struggle with my perfectionist side, that wants to create this amazing, perfectly designed experience which I just don't have the time to create. So, Do What You Can Do takes over.

I hung this on my wall so that it's the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning, and its reassurance has helped immensely when I feel stressed at all.

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But ultimately, I think I'm going to gift this to my sister, as she is famous for wanting to do it all, too. :) How about you guys? Is your crafting and life gearing up to an all-time busy high as well? May I suggest sitting down with this pattern, and taking a little time for yourself? :)