Since I’ve been getting out there each chilly morning this week, I’m noticing beauty in the uncommon details such as the delicate frost resting on the greenery that still remains. It has opened me up to a liberating world, and was feeling inspired and grateful for this experience, so I jumped in at the end of my run and and created this short recording:
Taring down the self-limiting beliefs about the dark and cold has been liberating. Connecting with my breath and physical”ness” in this way is a reminder that I’m alive, and at the same time shows me how my life and physical existence will also pass quickly. Complacency and lazy excuses about the dark and the cold only serve to hold me back. Regret will not become part of my experience. (more…)
Sure, I need to add a few more layers each morning, but that in itself if where the challenge lies. Yes, it was nice to run all summer long and enjoy the most amazing conditions, but when those pass away I can look back and appreciate them while they lasted. This in itself is a great practice on letting go and allowing what IS. (more…)
I was out a few nights ago running after an unexpected exchange with some co-workers who really set a fire under me to take a look at what’s been holding my workouts back.
I love to run, but the cold and dark has freaked me out, but why have I let the dark and cold keeping me from doing what I love? Running has become like my pulse and an inspiration for the Morning Cool Down podcast. By allowing the weather to have an influence over my workouts has made me remain in this limbo over the past few months. It’s time to get out of my own way!
It’s officially day two of running in the morning darkness. Precisely at 6:30am I stop all work, get on my gear– hat scarf, gloves and headlamp– yes, a headlamp, which my friend Libby gave me last summer so I could continue knitting into the evening darkness while on camping trips. However, I found a more immediate use. (more…)
Over the past few months, I’ve been itching to get back up to speed with my Etsy shop, igottknits, which I started back in 2009. However, after taking the a position of full time magazine editor in 2010, I transitioned to selling my finished ready-to-wear garments and accessories instead of handkint patterns.
Back then, I didn’t have much time to pour into the shop simply because I was a new editor. I placed my energies on Creative Knitting magazine and my editor’s blog, Splendid Sticks. As a result, I allowed the shop to lie dormant for the past few years.
One day not too long ago, I said to my husband Jay: “I’d really like to start up my Etsy shop again.” His response: “yeah, ’cause you’ve got lots of time on your hands…not.” He was right, who was I kidding? I don’t have time for this. I’ve got my full time job, the Morning Cool Down podcast, and other projects on the burner. I can’t spread myself so thin.
Why should I have to make a choice? Does it need to be one or the other? Self-limiting beliefs and what others tell us we should do are what hold us back from greatness and possibility.
Why do we sell ourselves short based on thinking that may be faulty in the first place?
If you don’t take a chance on something, then you have no idea of the outcome– maybe it will be a success, or maybe it will be a failure.
Throw it upon the wall and see if it sticks? What’s the worst that could happen?
So that’s what I did and we’ll see how it goes…
Infinity Cowl made from gauge swatches collected throughout the years.
Reviving igottnits on Etsy was a no-brainer. With projects living inside dark storage bins, it’s seems silly NOT do this.
It’s not like I have to slave over my knitting needles– I’m always knitting. When I was a city dweller, I found a way to knit while walking down the street, and my favorite morning activity was knitting while standing on the New York subway during rush hour. The longer the ride, the better!
While living in Florida, I never left my house without a project in tow. Getting stuck at a drawbridge was a regular daily occurrence. I used to get so excited, because that meant knitting time. Let me tell you, I got lots of knitting done back in those days.
The shop is a modest start, and I’m just enjoying the process. I’m currently shooting new photos of the designs that you’ll see over the next few weeks, and getting “matilda” my dress form up to snuff for the photo shoot.
Please stop by and let me know what you think of the new shop. Also…if there something special you’d like, I welcome custom orders. You can browse my past work and take your pick, or suggest something totally new. If you can dream it, I can make it! Please give these idle hands something to do 🙂