A Year Of Answers?
Zora Neal Hurston says, “there are years that ask questions and years that answer” and 2017 had me asking a lot. I don’t know if that means 2018 will give me answers. 2017 was difficult. More than difficult for a lot of us for political and personal reasons. But like most difficult things, it showed me who I am, and maybe even who I want to be.
As much as I love the idea of starting fresh I worry about the pressure associated with making all these big resolutions, most of which we won’t be able to keep. Last year I didn’t make a resolution. But when I think back over the past twelve months I learned a lot and grew a lot. I completely changed my attitude towards dating and love. I still don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m much less anxious than I am once was about the whole idea. I taught myself to bake. I knit four sweaters, twenty-five hats, and a lot of scarves. Maybe those things seem small. After all, I didn’t finish writing my book or learn to speak a new language or start a new fitness regime. I got rejected from lots of jobs and had my heart broken more than once. Trump is still in office. But small is all we get sometimes. And I think I’m finally happy with small. I can spend twelve months feeling guilty about what I didn’t do, or lamenting what didn’t happen, or I can spend twelve months being proud of what I did and trying to accomplish more.
I couldn't have known last January when I was standing with my friends and family at the Women’s March what this year would hold. I knew what I wanted. What I hoped for. And while I’ve made some of those things manifest in my life, none of it was how I expected. I had faith in myself (at least some of the time) and I was still surprised by what I got. I felt more purpose and more love this past year than I ever have before. I don’t want a new me in 2018. I want the same me, but better and more thoughtful. The same me taking more risks and knitting more things. The same me making puff pastry and meeting new people and leaving my house more. My resolution for 2018 is simple: Be Kinder. I think that’s one we can all stick to.
And if you want a tangible resolution, might I suggest learning to knit? Below I have three stitch patterns for beginners that would make lovely scarves, but are a little more fun than your basic knit 1 purl 1 rib stitch. And keep an eye out for some baking tutorials in the near future.
Row 1 (Right Side): K1, P1 to end
Row 2 (Wrong side): Knit to end
Repeat these two rows until you've reached your desired length ending with row one. Bind off in knit stitches ♡
Reversible Traveling Rib
Row 1&2: P2, K2 to end
Row 3&4: K1, *P2, K2, repeat from * to last stitch, K1
Row 5&6: K2, P2 to end
Row 7&8: P1, *K2, P2, repeat from * to last stitch P1
Repeat these 8 rows until you've reached your desired length, then bind off in pattern ♡
Row 1&2: K2, P2 to end
Row 3&4: P2, K2 to end
Repeat these four rows until you've reached your desired length, then bind off in pattern ♡