Friday, November 09, 2012

Joining Things

As a child, I was a huge fan of Elizabeth Gundrey's books.  They had titles like: "Collecting Things", "Growing Things" and... "Joining Things".  All three books were full of the joys of participation.  I knew that if I grew up to be a person who had collections, a windowsill heaving with plant-pots, and membership cards for lots of interesting societies, my life would be complete.

And then what happened?

I gave in to my introverted nature, shut myself in my room with a pile of books and fell in love with an unsuitable man.  Silly girl.

But every so often, I give myself a shake and try to get "out there".  Birthdays have this effect on me. It's the fear of finding myself living alone in chaos with lots of cats... each year brings me a little closer.

So what have I done about it?

In the past week I have joined three things - woo hoo!

I re-joined the Skein Queen Yarn Club.  I was a member last year at the same time and received a skein of beautiful hand-dyed yarn once a month for three months, with an accompanying reading inspiration suggestion.  Each colourway is inspired by a novel, and I have always been surprised by the selection, which I would never have chosen for myself.  It has led to some fascinating encounters at the local village library!
I like to think that the combination of new yarn / knitting inspiration and exposure to unfamiliar literature has the potential to make me a more interesting person.  I have given Skein Queen reads as presents and book-based conversations have followed.  It's not quite like being in a Book Group, but it is a step in that direction!  Last year's yarn (1) made a lovely gifted hat, (2)inspired a design-attempt (which failed, but still...) and (3) was gifted as a kit to inspire a knitting friend.

My second piece of "joining in" is Stephen West's Choreo-Kal.
I have always harboured an urge to dance.  Sadly, I have done nothing about it.  A few desultory home-exercise dvd sessions in front of the TV three times a year will not transform me into Darcey Bussell or Beyonce.

The Choreo-Kal provides the subscriber with 4 Knit-Along patterns, each one accompanied by a series of exercise suggestions and fun videos to watch on you-tube.  Go on - watch this, it's fun!

A gimmick, you say?  Yes, of course it is!  But it is an inspired gimmick which might actually get me moving again.  And if not, I am still going to knit 4 Stephen West patterns:  a slouchy hat, sassy legwarmers (oh yeah!), a chunky funky scarf and a colourwork shawl.

It all kicks off on 16 November with the colourwork shawl. I am supposed to select my colours from a photograph of my environment.  I will aim to avoid mud brown and slime green.

And finally... drum-roll please!  I have booked myself in to a gathering of knitters in January.  Actual human interaction, on the theme of knitting!  Woot!  I have lurked around Natalie The Yarn Yard's virtual garden shed on Ravelry for years.  I have met up with a few other members here and there, but this will be my first trip to Shedfest.  Shedfest!!! 

FL is bemused, not least by the news that I will be spending the night in a convent. 

Yay - look at me!  I am a joiner-inner! ; )


bloglessanna said...

Well done you! Great to change the steps of the dance every now and then; to challenge yourself. Inspiring stuff. Thanks for sharing.

agirlinwinter said...

I was never a joiner-inner either, despite my mother's attempts to get me to join the guides or become a majorette! The Skein Queen club sounds great, I love the idea of getting reading recommendations as well as yarn.

beate said...

brave girl - roo!!!
i wish you lots of fun and new experiences!

Sew little time said...

well done on your joining! i really enjoyed when god was a rabbit - it wasn't what i expected at all.

LinB said...

I was a little confused, at first, by the mental image of people dancing while simultaneously knitting. It was a nice picture, though, and I eventually figured out what you were writing about.

Nice that your man still finds you so attractive that he is jealous for you -- even if it is a drug-induced paranoia. Hold on to the nice part. I know that dealing with the rest of it is a Not Nice thing. Prayers for patience and forbearance for you are going up from this little pea patch.

Scruffybadger said...

Sounds great roo, I'm sure you'll get lots of different kinds of enjoyment and plenty of new experiences!! Is it my imagination, or is it since your presentation, for 'that' interview on knitting that your passion is now taking its next more public and socially interactive step? X

Sandy said...

At first I too was worried about you dancing with knitting needles, sort of like running with scissors, but I can see that I need not have had a moment's anxiety... except that going to a convent to a knitter's group? Have to hear all the details of that adventure!

Seraphinalina said...

Yay! Each sounds like a lovely choice. That teal wool is beautiful.

I also thought of you yesterday - specifically the optomitrist guessing your age incorrectly. I had a medical receptionist comment that I don't look my age and my first thought was "I know someone else who doesn't look her age!"

velosewer said...

Sounds like you have picked 3 groups of experiences that you will enjoy with people:)

Mary in TN said...

You go girl!!!

acharmofmagpies said...

These all sound like wonderful things and I hope you get great enjoyment out of them! Crafting socially is very satisfying. And I'm a huge dance enthusiast, it is a great way to make yourself laugh. Good luck!

Natalie said...

I am so pleased you are coming to York, it is the best gathering of knitters (not that I am at all biased, you understand).