Well, it's been a month since we last spoke and what a whirlwind it's been. I'll give you the short and sweet version so as not to bore you but to explain my absence. For the past few years, my family and I have contemplated moving back west. I called it my true test of cultivating patience as it was something I so desperately wanted but knew it would take a long time to come to fruition. And just when I thought all the pieces were falling into place with a job lined up, multiple conversations with my husband, friends and family, I began questioning the move.
Seriously, this was 4 years in the making and my patience was finally paying off. I went to quit my current job and found myself unable to say the words. couldn't do it. All I could tell my boss was "I haven't decided." I felt relieved. I'd said it out loud and at that moment knew I had to follow my gut.
At one point, my dear mum said "Ames is in your head and the West is in your heart." I was having a battle between my intellect and emotions but just when one would win, the other would take over. After I'd finally made my decision to remain in Iowa, a few days later I was attending a yoga class and almost fell to my mat when I heard the teacher state the following:
There it was...my head and my heart couldn't decide because it was my gut that was telling me to wait on making this big move to the West.
So...when looking for a change you know what comes next? Yes, we moved into a new house in the middle of the woods with lots of natural light, trails close by and an amazing garden. It's not the West but we have some trees. And there is peace!
And here we are at Solstice. I've been planning this for months but carving out the time to be ready by June 1, then June 5, June 11 and so on, never seemed to happen. And then I got a comment on the blog a couple of days ago regarding the "get 'er done" post. A follower was re-reading posts and noticed something about a Solstice knit-along...and since Solstice is somewhere between June 20-22 she wanted to know if this would be happening? And that was just the nudge I needed to bring this project to life.
Introducing Eunomia, a simple to knit textured cowl pattern available now on Ravelry. As a subscriber to the blog you are receiving a subscriber only discount, use the coupon code (GRATITUDE2017) at check-out to receive 20% through June 23 at midnight (central US time).
Eunomia is the Greek Goddess of order and a sister to the Goddess of peace, Eirene. As such, this cowl has similar dimensions and the same beloved applied i-cord edging as the Project Peace 2016 cowl. Yet each sister is unique in her own right and this stitch pattern captures order and times when order seems a bit out of reach. It’s a rhythmic knit with a relatively easy to memorize stitch pattern.
It’s perfect for summer knitting whether you are inside keeping cool, sitting beside the pool or beach, enjoying a picnic at a park, watching a soccer game, or went hiking into a remote spot for a little solitude. If by chance you are south of the equator this will be a comforting knit and the timing is perfect to keep you warm through the cooler months. As you knit this cowl, may you be inspired to reflect on the meaning of order in your life.
From June 23-July 1 of 2017, Eunomia will be accompanied with a Gratitude Knit-along. This is a surprise knit-along as you won’t see a photo until the end but it’s different than a mystery knit-along as there is only one clue that you receive upon purchase.
I'll post on the blog daily with a focus on cultivating more gratitude in our lives. And maybe, just maybe, focusing on gratitude will create order. If you want to interact with other knitters during the Gratitude-along feel free to leave comments on the blog and/or join The Healthy Knitter group on Ravelry and follow the thread "Eunomia."
If you are interested in the Gratitude-along there will be varying levels of ways to participate. Each day we'll be writing down words, thoughts, etc that start with a letter in the word "gratitude." If you want to simply write down words on a piece of paper, sticky notes, or the notes app on your phone those would be easy ways to incorporate the Gratitude-along into your day. You could grab a little journal like this so that you've created a gratitude booklet come the first of July. Finally, you could print the files I'll be posting each day and create yourself a gratitude banner. I'm sure that many of you will have extremely creative approaches and I encourage you to follow your heart with this.
Solstice is really all about new beginnings, right? So, let's start anew and enjoy the meaning of Solstice, expressing our gratitude and finding order in our lives. Here's to Eunomia!