October seems to be the month that people adopt as their own. I don't know what it is about October that makes this happen. Is it because is starts with a vowel and has more than two syllables (Blogust just sounds wrong). Is it the Virgo energy morphing into Libran energy, the desire to serve morphing into the energy of of getting out there and relating to others (which then ends in the Scorpio need to go underground). Or is it just that it's taken us all 9 months to get organised, and the close proximity of December makes us realise that we've actually achieved very little this year, and we should probably get a wriggle on and do something constructive.
At any rate, I've seen October spoken of as both Socktober and Blogtober. As much as I would love to dedicate the month to and endless array of socks, my current crafting schedule won't allow it, which leads me to contemplate Blogtober as more realistic.
Dare I try to blog every day? The minutea of my life aren't actually that interesting, so I will probably turn to lots of philosophising and pontificating. Dear Reader, if you aren't up for that sort of crap, I suggest you check back in November, when the madness has ended.
I received my latest Amazon order yesterday. Bless Amazon, you have to love a service that allows you to buy books and have them shipped for a fraction of the cost that it is to purchase them off the shelf in this country.
I received my copies of The Knitting Way and Mindful Knitting, both focusing on Knitting as a spiritual practise. How perfect! I've started on the first, which has thus far spoken lots about mathematics and the beauty of maths in nature. I hate maths and recoil from it, so fortunately there are some nice patterns in there as well. Although the patterns are all in Americanese, so I'll have to go find out what a size 8 needle actually is, and convert all the inches etc before they make any sense to me. Why do I knit again??
There are little sections in the book by the secondary writer called Spaces between the Loops. The text itself is interesting enough, but I love the title. In knitting, we always think about what we are creating - the stitches, how they are formed, the yarn that we use. We don't generally think about the negative space between them - the space in the loops that traps the air, which is part of what makes knitting so effective. In art negative space is a big thing. It helps you to see the proper shape of the object you are drawing, without actually looking at the object itself.
What other negative spaces are there in our lives that exist but that we ignore? What helps us shape our lives to the point that we no longer pay attention to it. The space around us? The air we breathe? The clutter filling our homes? Is the stuff we don't look at hindering or helping us?
Hmm, I have the sudden urge to declutter.