I love this time of year. I know, I know, newsflash, right? I love all the obvious things that go with it. Cooler temperatures, campfires, changing leaves, hot drinks, flannels and sweaters. It’s a cozy, Hygge time of year and I happily snuggle into it.
Hygge is a new word that has only landed on my radar this year. It is a Danish word that doesn’t have a direct English translation. From numerous articles and books I’ve perused on this topic, it is best explained as a sense or a place that inspires a feeling of coziness, comfort, and contentment. It is a joy of the simple things such as shelter, light and warmth. It may include friends and family but can also be enjoyed alone.
I have a room in my house we refer to as “The Hippie Room”. There’s bookshelves, posters, comfy chairs and candles. It’s crying for a lava lamp, but that is still on the wish list. I spend a couple of hours there almost every day reading whatever current book I’m on. I just finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last night. And because I always have several books waiting in the to be read next pile, I have both On the Road by Jack Kerouac and The Subversive Stitch by Rozsika Parker up next. Like a chain smoker, I had already started in a few pages of those books before I was completely done with my last one.
There are many reasons I love knitting. In spite of last weeks post Disgruntled Knitter there’s little about knitting I don’t find comforting. The rhythm of the work, the feel and texture of the fiber as it moves through my hands. The colors and the fabric that I am creating. The very act of knitting is definitely very “Hygge-ly” for me.
Another passion in my life is turning my small, almost 2 acre property into a small homestead. There is something about having the skill, the creativity and the resourcefulness of making or growing things rather than buying them that is deeply and profoundly satisfying. This is probably another reason I love knitting, it falls perfectly into that way of life.
The homesteading is going slowly. I really know very little about doing these things myself and am having to learn as I go. There is a lot of trial and error involved in the process. One of the most valuable things I’ve gained from pursuing this is learning to get over the fear of making a mistake. I’ve had issues with this in the past and that fear has absolutely killed creativity and interest in doing something I really wanted to do. The unrealistic expectation of learning without mistakes will hold you back far and away more than the mistakes you will make as you go.
But this brings us to another reason I enjoy this time of year. I am a planner. I really, really love to make resolutions and plans for the upcoming year. Since I have not yet progressed to year round homesteading, other than keeping the chickens well cared for during the cold months, I have more time to think and to plan and consider. I always have more ideas than time, money and energy so I am forced to really write things out and consider what is a reasonable next step for my knitting, yarn dyeing, gardening, or whatever else I’m going to try and toss on top of the pile.
As a child I was definitely one of those children who loved the new notebooks and pens and pencils at the beginning of every school year. As an adult, although I genuinely LOVE the Internet and all the technologies that provide us with information and resources, I still love my notebook and pens and pencils. (“I’m just an analog girl in a digital world”) It’s only within the last couple of years I discovered Bullet Journaling but it is exactly the kind of system that suits me. It allows me to create pages, plans and designs that are what I want rather than what someone else designed for me. It also allows me to change something anytime I want rather than being locked in for 12 months.
This kind of planning helps keep me from being overwhelmed by all my many and varied plans and to chart a course between wishing for these things and actually begin doing them. It also helps me break large, scary goals down into smaller steps that are less intimidating and that still enable me to reach my desired purpose.
This is my birthday month, so my gift to me is to sit with my new notebook, pens and pencils in my cozy warm room and plan. There will be plans for the garden and the house. There will be plans for my knitting, my blogging, and my dyeing. There will be resolutions. These include anything from “paint the kitchen” to “get a new tattoo”. Call me a nerd, (that’s a compliment these days anyway) but I get almost giddy as I make my plans for the next 12 months (no waiting for January for me!) and I can’t wait to get started on them.
So I while I regret not having any knitting or fiber-y fun to share with you this week, you can be sure that this week is what will guarantee lots more of that in the future.