Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to begin blogging again, to the tune of twice a week.Â Considering it is now the end of January and this is my first post of the month, we can all see how well that’s been working out for me.Â
However, in my own defense, I do have to point out that here in northwest Missouri we have been having one hell of a winter.Â Some uncharitable persons might think that unfriendly weather conditions could lead one to do more, rather than less, blogging, since one is effectively house-bound for days on end, but such persons have clearly never experienced a tough winter.Â In point of fact, one spends a large proportion of time huddled on the couch (or in bed)Â in woolen garments and blankets, simply trying to keep warm and keep one’s spirits up:Â no small task.Â Unrelenting ice, snow, and bitter cold can be very lowering.
Because I live alone and can basically do whatever I want to with my living space, the area around my spot on the couch has been gradually filling up with yarn, fiber, pillows, napkins, remote controls, books, and other sundries, creating a sort of bulwark against the cold dark.Â I fear that someday soon I will simply disappear into my nest and will have to be pulled out sometime in April, pasty-faced and blinking.Â
But I digress.
I have been knitting (in my nest), and have been hard at work on Rumpelstiltskin, among other things.
I am now close to the end of the second long side, about to turn the third corner with the edging.Â Let me tell you, knitting on this edging has been a b****, like Ellen’s picot bind-off, only worse.Â Cause there’s so much more of it, you see.Â The only thing I can do is to attempt a Zen-like state of calm and acceptance while knitting on this thing.Â Zen-like calm and acceptance do not come naturally to me.Â I have more of a “flail around wildly while complaining and whining” approach to life.Â It’s a gift.Â Kind of a Protestant thing.
When I’m not practicing Zen-like calm and acceptance, I’m wondering whether I will ever, ever finish this damn thing, and whether, after all, it is really worth the candle.Â
But I have a vision:Â myself, in my winter nest, wrapped up in a lovely lace-weight mohair shawl, fortified against the cold, snow, and wind by the lovely work of my own hands.
Somebody come pull me out in April, would you?