Archive for October 30th, 2015

I Am Slowing Down

I am slowing down. While it feels strange not racing around, I think a slower pace could lead to a richer experience of life and the things in it. For instance, I am on the border of the First Point of Libra Shawl and I am not racing the knitting experience. By not hurrying the knitting I am able to knit for longer periods and not have the aches and pains in my hands that I get from rushing the knit.

In slowing down I am more present for the knit. I am not obsessing about the next part of the knit or already knitting the next project in my mind. I am focused on what I am doing, which allows me to appreciate the creation of the fabric as it unwinds in front of me.

This slowing is extending into other areas of my life. I am no longer in a rush to get things over and done. The time it takes is the time it takes and I am fully present for the duration. I guess I am learning to be where my feet are instead of being somewhere else in my mind. It’s rather amazing how much less stressful things are when mind and body are in the same place, working on the same things together.

I don’t know whether this change is from the experience I had with the hives or whether I am just getting older or a combination of both those things. But I am tired of race walking through my life.

Now, I’d like to share some photos of knitwear by Thea Sanders, a Nottingham Trent student who won a coveted knitwear fashion award in Britain.

(Photo by David Baird - www.david-baird.co.uk)

(Photo by David Baird – http://www.david-baird.co.uk)

(Photo by David Baird - www.david-baird.co.uk)

(Photo by David Baird – http://www.david-baird.co.uk)

I’d love to see more color work used in hand knitwear design that are not stripes. Ms. Sanders said the inspiration for her collection came from tiles. While her collection is machine knit, more hand knit designs that explore colors and shapes could liven up the knitting scene. Of course color work in hand knits takes time. It’s a slower process. But maybe that’s just what’s needed: everyone take a breath.

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