Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Bridge is Required

Knitting has been what others might call a "hobby" of mine for over a decade, though I might call it a "passion," or even an "obsession." Nevertheless, it all falls into the category of things that I do for fun. Not only do I love knitting, I also love thinking about knitting, planning knitting projects, reading about knitting and endlessly searching Ravelry (think facebook for knitting). Sometimes it seems that I love the peripheral knitting activities even more than the act of knitting itself for all the actual knitting that gets accomplished, but saying that would be akin to heresy. I am a believer.

Not only am I a believer, I'm ready to take holy orders; I'm in the process (slow at the moment) of trying to figure out a way to make my living out of knitting. The ultimate goal would be to own my own yarn shop. In the meantime, while I do other non-knitting related things to make a pittance, uh living, I've got ideas for original knitted items that I could sell. I should practice the art, hone my skill, work towards becoming a veritable doyenne of all things knit. I need to knit.

I haven't been knitting much, all things considered. I've been lamenting the fact that I don't have a space dedicated to this - a studio, but lack of space has been a constant in my life for quite a while now. Even though I do believe that your space is very important, I realized this morning that I still feel bad sitting down to knit when there are about a million other things that need to happen that are less fun and therefore must be more important, right? I have a huge mental gap to get over. A bridge is required. I need the expertise of an emotional engineer.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Walking is Free

On Monday I decided to go for a long walk and I ended up in High Park. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shining, the leaves were yellow on the trees and there were many more on the ground to shuffle through with your feet. Their smell was sweet and earthy. You could hear the soft trickle of a stream through the woods. You could also hear the sound of traffic on Parkside Drive and Bloor Street, but thems the breaks.

While in the park it occurred to me that I had only been in High Park less than a handful of times (not counting trips in for Shakespeare in the Park) since I moved to Toronto in 2002. Then I thought of all the other places I either have not seen or have neglected for a while in this city. When I travel I explore the places I visit on foot; it's educational exercise! A walking pace really lets you take in and learn more about your surroundings. Why should I not apply this to the city that I live in?

After last week's election I may have wanted to move out of this city, but that would have been rash. Instead, why not embrace what this city has to offer? I'm not tied to a desk five days a week at the moment, so there is no reason why I can't arrange my schedule to be out and about enjoying the various neighbourhoods during the day.

Conveniently my gym membership ran out recently and I am faced with the challenge of fitting in fitness free of cost. Walking is free! I like walking and all it has to offer apart from fitness of body. Plus, you can do it in stylish clothing accessorized with hats and scarves. Well, at least until the snow flies - then it becomes an extreme sport.

I've had this book on the to read list for a while and will start it this week