Wear What You Make: New Year, Enough You
After an old year draws to a close, with all the heightened frenzy of the holidays, the month of January glides in with so much fresh promise. The first page on a new a calendar brings with it the possibility of transformation. We all know the drill, out with the bad habits and in with the virtuous ones! Now unless this new year will have more hours in each day, it stands to reason many of the changes we desire, will not in fact manifest. At least not in the expected way.
Sonya is wearing: Stopover by Mary Jane Mucklestone (modified to cardigan) in
Istex Lettlopi and Noro Kureyon; Earth & Sky Shawl by Stephen West in The Fibre Company Road to China Light; 100 Acts of Sewing Dress no. 2; and pants (own pattern).
Deep down inside, we all just want a quick fix, but the reality is, change happens slowly and is often a long and trying process. As knitters, we know slow. Each stitch of a hat, shawl or sweater must be formed individually. Shifting behavior isn’t something that happens overnight, nor is it necessarily a linear progression. For every positive step, there can be an accompanying negative or maybe lukewarm one. It’s a circuitous pattern for sure!
Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies in GGH Via Mala; Dress no. 2; and Pants no. 2.
Did you make a commitment to do something new this year? Maybe you have wardrobe objectives, to make more of what you wear or finally get organized with a journal or start a daily meditation practice. Slot in any expectation here and what often happens is a strong start, then those intentions dwindle as March comes around. Maybe instead of a twelve month outlook, we need to take a page from the world of business and break things down into three month or seasonal segments. View it as an opportunity to reassess and adjust if necessary.
Knitting Pure & Simple # 9725 Neck Down Cardigan for Women by Diane Soucy in Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica; Dress no. 2; Skirt no. 1; and Pants no. 2.
Because you and I won’t be the same people 365 days from today. Life will happen and throw unexpected things in our path as it invariably does. How we adapt and reframe is key, because when we focus on failures, it clouds everything else in our life that might be just fine. Say you ate take out every night instead of cooking the healthy meals you planned. You nourished yourself in the most convenient way because life is hectic and there’s always next week. Or perhaps you only knit one sweater instead of the six you intended. That garment is one more glorious handknit object in the world today because of you, so bravo!