1. Presence - This has been a surprising learning experience. Life has taken a turn for the better.
2. Restarting some old UFOs - At a certain point, psychic weight becomes tiring. Not wanting to frog, but having them sitting there haunting me - I am making headway. Tulip sweater is becoming a sweater. Brando pieces are blocking prior to finishing sleeve #1. Natsu is at the do or die stage.
3. Solving some knitting problems - How long for the Brando sleeve? The pattern measures apparently make the assumption that I possess subhuman primate upper extremity dimensions. That is why the pieces are blocking. And in other news, I may indeed frog Seaweed and knit her less wide.
4. My current state of fitness - That rowing machine really rocks.
5. Three day weekend.
6. I have been given the task of organizing a new service at work. It is making me happy.
7. Winter - Crisp. Austere. Monochrome.
8. My place in the world - how unusual is THAT?
9. My darling husband who experimented with the sous vide setup and served me the best lambchops of my culinary life.
10. My current WIPs - I started Vinkler. One has to pay attention, but just to stitch counts and cable cross directions. The yarn (FAR) is stunningly soft. The FO will be heaven around my neck.
Sucked in by the title of the post, are you? This year is different.
My fiber goals were ravishingly articulated by Gail-of-the-comments last year. They are, for 2015, as follows:
Knitting: 1. Knit with joy. 2. Maybe finish something. Now and then.
Spinning: 1. Spin with joy. 2. Maybe finish plying something. Now and then.
Weaving: 1. Weave with joy. 2. Learn lots. 3. Maybe finish something. Now and then.
You know me. Of course I am listing some achievable endpoints for the year. Maybe I will post that later. Maybe not. They are currently not the point.
My blogfriends, Margene and Carole and Kim, ignited the idea of one word to provide a focus during the coming year. My FB feed coincidently sent me to BrainPickings earlier this month. She posted a 10-best list, and there, I found my word.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. But what, exactly, makes that possible?
This concept of presence is rooted in Eastern notions of mindfulness — the ability to go through life with crystalline awareness and fully inhabit our experience — largely popularized in the West by British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973), who also gave us this fantastic meditation on the life of purpose. Watts argues that the root of our human frustration and daily anxiety is our tendency to live for the future, which is an abstraction."
I want to be in the present as much as I can. Such a habit, this hurling oneself into the future. Being present is an antidote to that feeling that life is going by so SO fast. Each set of moments is marked in the mind, which makes them all different. It is the flow of same moments linked together than makes time feel that it is going quickly. Slowing the timeline as I experience it seems a worthy goal.
BrainPickings is very cool. I guess there is actual reading in my future.