Shop Update 02.05.10 – Part II

I make no apology for the amount of Sylvia DK, I’ve never been so in love with a yarn in my life! It is beautifully spun, dyes like a dream, is wonderful to knit with, and even photographs beautifully. I cannot get enough. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do!!

Sylvia DK Magical Mystery Tour (this week’s cover shot)

Sylvia DK Shall We Dance?

Sylvia DK Brighton Beach

Sylvia DK Rubber Ducky

Sylvia DK Deckchairs

Sylvia DK Rule The World

The shop preview is now up, see you Sunday at 7pm!

Shop Update 02.05.10 – Part I

I can’t believe its nearly May already! This year is whizzing by, and the best is yet to come, I’m sure of it.

This week’s shop update is full to bursting with happy summer colours. We haven’t had any cobweb lace weight for a while, so there’s some of that as well as the usual suspects.

Here are the first of my picks from this week’s colours:

Miranda Cobweb Prosperous

Miranda Cobweb Equinox

Daisy 2ply Daisy Chain

Daisy 2ply Dilly Dally

Elinor Musical Chairs

Elinor Tell Me A Secret

Elinor Sumatra

Elinor Carnival

Heaven Is……

……. having a cleaner

……. an Amazon delivery

……. hitting a personal best

……. a glass of really good red wine

……. chip shop chips, with lots of vinegar and salt

……. a pair of jeans in a size you haven’t fitted in 10 years

……. a pile of sleeping cats

……. discovering a new author with a large back catalogue

……. orange shoes

……. tshirt weather

……. an up-to-the-chin steaming hot bath

……. waking up early in a sunny bedroom and drifting back to sleep for an extra half hour

……. wild flowers on every roadside

……. finally finding a really good gluten free pasta

……. the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern

Letting Go

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fighter. I hang onto problems like an iron jawed bulldog, and thrash them to death. I try to control the outcome of any given situation, try to change the unchangeable, try to find quick solutions to every little problem. 

And it takes a great deal of energy, and is almost always pointless. There is so little in life that we can actually control, so many unexpected twists and turns, so many factors in every situation that are beyond our influence or understanding. All that we really achieve by fighting, by trying to be in control, is to create in ourselves a terrible tension, a coiled up spring of anxiety and uncertainty. We get angry at people who we perceive to be spoiling our plans, or defying our vision of how life should be. We get panic stricken at every twist and turn of life, and exhausted from the attempt to make sense of everything, and from the constant troubleshooting.

It’s like having a physical pain. Have you ever experienced being in pain, and someone saying to you, “try to relax into it, the pain won’t be so bad then.” it sounds ridiculous, but it actually works. Once you release the tension in your muscles, as hard as that is, the pain feels more manageable. I think that life would be a lot easier for many of us, if we could achieve the same thing mentally, that letting go, that easing of tension.

Like when you start knitting, or spinning, and you have that lightbulb moment when you realise (or it’s pointed out to you) that it would be so much easier, and more enjoyable, and you’d get better results, if you loosen your grip, relax a little bit, and allow the yarn or fibre to flow naturally through your hands.

Letting go means accepting that life will have it’s ups and downs, not trying to resist or control that, but just allowing it to be, being patient in the bad bits, and grateful in the good bits, and trying to learn from both.

It means allowing other people to be who they are, not trying to push and pull them into the shape you want them to be, but accepting them for being the individuals they are.

It means taking each day as it comes, not straining to anticipate what problems the future may bring, but living life one day at a time, confident in the knowledge that tomorrow will take care of itself.

And letting go means being open, to people, to experiences, to pain as well as happiness, to whatever life brings. Not fighting to avoid difficulties or painful emotions, nor running away from things.

Just breathing, and living, and going along with the flow of life. That’s something worth fighting for.

Shop Update 25.04.10 – Part II

Daisy 4ply Don Juan

Daisy 4ply Seven Wonders

Martha Murder, She Wrote

Sylvia DK Bali Hai

Sylvia DK Life Of Reilly

Sylvia DK Passing Fancy (this week’s cover shot)

Sylvia DK How To Win Friends

The shop preview is now up, see you Sunday at 7pm!