You are allowed to slow down,
You are allowed to turn off your phone,
You are allowed to lie done in the sun.
This is my new mantra. I am allowed to sit and knit if it brightens my day. I am allowed to sit and color with the kids and enjoy the moment.
Not a ton of knitting is getting done.10 days of sick kids will do that. My hands are busy rubbing kids backs and playing with their hair. It always helps them recover quicker. They lay on the couch with their head on my lap, and I wish I could grow a third arm. Two for knitting one for sick kids…I know it will pass. I’m just hoping for sooner rather than later.
I have been struggling lately. With EVERYTHING. My rhythm was thrown off and I can’t seem to grasp it at all. One week rolls into the next with no rest or even a time to pause for a deep breath. My love of crafting is slowly drowning. It is being suffocated with dishes that need to be done and laundry waiting to be folded. Even when I have the time or energy to craft it feels un-satisfying. How can I justify spending time on me when I have so many more that require my time and energy? I just want to be free of the burden I feel to have it all in and under control. Somehow I am now a lesser person because I lost my balance and have fallen flat. Some how I need to get up and finish my race. Or at least make my race worth running. Im not alone in this right?
::listening to a new Christmas cd. His and Her Christmas. Warm music is filling the air, calming the fighting children, surrounding us with the Christmas spirit.
::awaiting new to us couches to show up
::knitting on the gazillion Christmas presents that are still needed to be finished.
::smelling oatmeal cookies that are still warm from the oven.
So in our family we are all artistic. Woodworkers, seamstresses, quilters, crocheters, knitters painters, and pottery makers are all in my family. The best part of our family is we share. We make things for each other because we know it will be appreciated. A knitted shawl will not go unworn stuffed in the back of a closet but instead shown with pride on loving shoulders. The only down fall about this time of year is how much time we all have to make the said gifts. When your family is 18 people large and ever growing, it is difficult to lovingly create each person a personalized item. To make it more fun for the inevitable unfinished gift we give half finished objects wrapped beautifully. One year I received a box with 2 hinges and a can of paint. It was to be a beautiful yarn/china cabinet that was finished a week into January.
So some of my things I’m working with this week is a black wool/cashmere Pipers journey shawl.
A cowl knit for a swap, a dozen toys made for all the little ones in my life and a hat for a teacher we adore. The children will all get finished toys due to once they get them they won’t want to give them back even if it has no legs. Adults have no problem understanding what they get in the end will be better and have love in it and not stress poured into their gift. How do you balance the love pouring into the gift and not the stress of this time of year?