Thank you to the friends I have made through blogging- Evelyn, Julie, friends from Ravelry's Blogging Hub forum, readers, members of my local knit group... each in their own way, these women have helped me to re-frame the perceptions I have been having. I know that the desire to knit will return, I know the WIPs and future FOs are awaiting my attention. I tried resume life as I know it by writing a WIP Wednesday post but the momentum wasn't sustainable. I have been trying to abide by the "fake it till you make it" creed and it that wasn't working. That is until Saturday.
Yesterday I received a Ravelry email with a request, um...no, better to call it an assignment. Julie knows how much it has been bugging me to be off of my routine, both at work, at home, and in my knitting.
She wrote that I should go out and shoot some photos that I could use in a blog post as a springboard. And if that didn't work I was to open the pattern she gifted me. So, this woman who lives out on the Vineyard, Inky077 aka Julie, my virtual friend whom I have never formally met, my blogging sister, my Ravelry email correspondence partner and my knitting go-to, well she has thrown me a life preserver. And. I. caught. it.
Does Paula Emons-Fuessle know she is the knitting whisperer? Does she have some formal degree that allows her to dispense patterns as antidotes to knitters in need of stress release? How does she weave the magic of bliss into her patterns? Is it intentional or just happenstance? Whatever... all I can say is I am here to testify to the effects of her patterns on me. Julie's mailed pattern, suggestion of fiber, and the lure of doing a friendly KAL had snapped me out of the trance of lost mojo.
I recently knit two shawls in her Piper's Journey pattern and thoroughly enjoyed both projects. Now I am praising the revival effects of Ellison Bay. I had seen it recently in the Quince emails about pattern releases but who knew it could resurrect the languishing knitting desire?
|Ellison Bay by Paula Emons-Fuessle|
I am using some yarn donated by a work colleague.... I didn't need to go to the LYS to get underway... don't you love having stash??
Here is the progress made so far. Love this knit!
Julie is using the same fiber and she intends to give her project to someone special as a birthday gift. I don't have plans to give mine away yet. It might just be the shawl I drape over my chair as a reminder that hope is never lost... it is just sometimes hiding under the flotsam and jetsam of daily life.