NaBloPoMo is…What?

Little Jessie

Oh gosh, I got my notice that November is NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). This is pressure, and I don’t always do well under pressure. It can make me feel crabby, probably because I am annoyed I allowed myself to not be more on top of things. But then I realized – WAIT! This is exactly what I am trying to help creative souls move beyond. Myself included!

I am overwhelmed and crabby and busy because I allow myself to be. I don’t put my foot down. I always let everything else (laundry, errands, housecleaning) become more important than the thing I really want to do. Why is it so hard to schedule in the very things that give us the kind of pleasure that renews us for more of every day life?

Maybe it’s reading a book, or sewing a new dress, or knitting a scarf. Maybe you want to learn how to weave or dye. Or paint. Maybe you just want to sketch your beloved dog snoozing so peacefully after an afternoon’s romp.

Really I just want to get back to Guatemala.

But we can’t always take a week and immerse ourselves into a more relaxed and creative view of the world. On the other hand we can press on, demanding we make time for our 30 minutes a day to do something that isn’t Required. Something that just makes us feel good.

Ideas for making this happen?

Why We Knit (or Crochet, or Sew, or…)

This weekend is the fifth anniversary of my favorite LYS, Stitch House. In reality my relationship with them began because of my sewing (and they have great fabric and patterns) and I have been known to teach a class or two there…. but as a secret, lurking knitter I can never resist the textures, the colors, the design of all the yarn and ideas that live there…. so I have been spending my Fridays of late with the Friday Night Knitters at Stitch House. So. Much. Fun.

Last night I asked – WHY do we knit? The answers varied but really were all the same. They said: It’s ZEN. It’s relaxing. It helps me focus, and release tension. It keeps my hands busy. It helps me think. It makes me feel good. It helps me socialize.

Many of the knitters don’t know what they will do with their project (or if it will even be finished!) but that seemed to not matter. Wow. So you mean I can keep starting projects, never really have anything to show for it, and that’s just fine? I like that.

Why? Because I believe the knitting (or the sewing, the crocheting, the embroidering…) is just a pathway to feeing us from the places we get stuck in every day life. The excessive Busy-ness. Jobs, chores, bills, kids, errands. Facebook! We need, we like to go to a quiet place. When we’re ‘quiet’ we have time to ‘listen’… to  our own new ideas, new thoughts, new creativity. And all of those things make us better people. Happier people. More energetic producers in the production line of life.

And now I have to get to Stitch House to pick up the free pattern they’re giving away today. I guess I need another unfinished project!