"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." --Eleanor Roosevelt
The other day I finished knitting this red tea cozy. I used this tea cozy pattern from the Sugar'n Cream site. The small size cozy fits my tea-for-me teapot beautifully. A fun, easy knit, and great for using up some leftover yarn! I crocheted a simple loop for the top, but may go back later and top it with a knit or crocheted flower for some extra jazz! (I've added this finished project to my Ravelry page--see link in sidebar.) The cloth the teapot & mug are resting on, is a decorated tea towel I made with some leftover of fabrics from those I've used to make a new curtain for our kitchen. Still thinking of red touches for our kitchen sprucing-up, and the red knit tea cozy gives me more ideas & inspiration for red accessories. This weekend we make a start on our kitchen project and over the next two or three weekends hope to get it all finished before Easter. First, new flooring...
But back to knitting a moment... or rather purling. Purl. Pink Purl. My blog seems to be having something of an identity crisis in recent months, as not much knitting actually appears here lately! I do knit. During the past year knitting has been mostly simple, quick, satisfying projects easily done while watching a film at the weekend, or while listening to a program on the radio, etc. I love knitting a lot. And I'm crazy about fiber. Pink Purl was a screen name I used at a craft forum many years ago, long before I even read a blog or knew much about blogging. The name stuck when I needed to choose a name once I was brave enough to try blogging myself. But I do so much more than just knitting now.
This summer will mark five years since I began blogging. Five years, that's a good chunk of time. And when I started, I certainly couldn't have imagined how far all of this would take me, or how long. Or how much I've grown as a person, how much I've grown as an artist. Nor how many friends all over the world I'd make! For some time now topics shared here are much more diverse than those I started out with. During the past two years especially, I feel that this space has really evolved into a reflection of my soul. I know some current topics may not appeal to everyone. As my inner, as well as outer life expands though, so does this space.
As I approach my fifth blogiversary, I cannot help but wonder if it is time to create a new space, a new blog, a new name, one that is more reflective of where I am at now... that maybe Pink Purl has reached her best-before-date? But I do have lots of ideas for topics and things to share, so no shortage of that! ;o) A new art & life blog, I have been musing on this. And I wouldn't abandon blogging, I love it too much! I am very open to change. I know many people aren't though, or are slow to warm to change. I know that if I make a lot of changes, many friends, friends of this blog and regular readers might not stick around or follow me to a new blog. It is on my mind, for who ever wishes to lose friends? But sometimes one does have to take a risk, to try, to go deeper, in order to be willing to grow, to explore & discover new ideas, let new blessings flow. Just some thoughts brewing currently...
While on this topic of blogging, I feel I should let you know that during the next few weeks I may be posting a bit less, or more rightly, creating shorter posts--more photos, fewer words. As some of you know already, I've had recurring difficulties with tendonitis. I have it in my hands & wrists. And now it seems to be migrating up my arms, some "tennis elbow" or rather, "computer elbow, shoulders & back" is irritating. The pain is pretty bad at the moment. Basically clocking in too much time at the computer for various things, photo editing, and too much crafting even. So I need to take it a bit easier, and find new ways of continuing to do what I love, and what I need to do. I know you all understand, but wanted to let you know. So I will be here, and I will be around! ;o)
What are your thoughts right now? What are you planning? Any changes on your horizon? What do you want to do, or dream to do?
And is anyone still reading?! Bless you if you are... LOL! And thanks for listening. I will catch up with you more soon. First, the old kitchen floor will be ripped up, and a new one in its place--very exciting! Happy weekend to you all!