I started knitting this in the spring, but, as is often the case with me, set it down and didn't pick it up again in earnest until recently. It's my first shawl and I prefer small projects, but this is coming along just fine and I am very excited about starting the lace edging soon. I highly recommend the book Juju's Loops - there're still a bunch of things I want to make!
Do you want a fresh start? You can have one.
I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for a fresh start. My big three on the calendar are my birthday, the new year and September. Back-to-school season will always have power for me after years of teaching and study following on my own school days.
That glorious feeling of limitless potential that can be found in a new notebook, a clean house, a new address book is hard to resist. There's a shadow side of course: the lure of starting the diet on Monday, of giving up drinking next month, of trying again in the new year. The wise and funny Sas Petherick sends out a monthly love note (get yours). In June, she wrote about replacing the defeatist phrases "I never" and "I always" with "up until this point, I…" It was such a gentle way to bless a new start and really inspired me to see fresh starts in every day.
Starting the day with some combination of the following helps me to start each day in the best possible frame of mind: tea, candles, soft music, fresh air, tarot or oracle cards, my journal. How do you start your day with a clean slate?
September was a funny month. For me, it held grief and worry, anxiety and ambition, alongside some joy and lots of friendship. I decided not to be tied to the back-to-school tradition.
I am declaring a October a fresh start. I am digging into my sketchbooks and fall cleaning. I am looking forward to an exciting trip. I am pushing forward to finish this year's classes and projects.
Here is your fresh start. What are you going to do with it?