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from The Simple Woman’s Daybook via Bliss and Folly as inspiration in conjunction with One Little Word

Outside my window…
a snow bank so high I cannot see my driveway.  It is bitterly cold, but I must go out soon trudge through the 2 feet of snow to pull wood out of the pile to stack next to my backdoor.

I am thinking… different things I can do this year to discover the Authentic Me.  My New Year’s Resolution is to “be more me” so I’ve taken “Authentic” as my One Little Word for 2011. There are so many things I have to try to figure out this year.  I’m not sure what the starting point will be, but I hope writing about it will help.

I am thankful for… a little bit of quiet after 2 snow days, but oddly I find myself  looking forward to the girls coming home from school today.

From the kitchen… the noises of the dying elephant in my dishwasher.  I really don’t think it is normal for my dishwasher to sound like this, but I can’t seem to convince my husband that we need to have something done about it.

I am wearing… my jammies still

I am creating… the beginnings of finding my Authentic Me

I am going… knitting with my Mad Knitters on Sunday.  It is time to get out and see my friends. Really.

I am reading… The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow.  I’ve just started reading this, but this is about a girl looking for herself and her place in this world.

I am hoping...  that my two daughters with mid-terms will be focused in their studying so that we can still do some fun things even though there are many tests coming up in the next couple of weeks.

I am hearing… the dishwasher, the furnace, Snickerdoodle purring…

Around the house… Quiet–today  is my first day this week with everyone at school or work. J will be home early today, around 1 I think, as she has a half-day.

One of my favorite things… I don’t know.  I can’t think of something.  I’m a little tired of things.  I would really like to have fewer things. Nothing is really coming to mind at this moment.

A quote to share…

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow,
as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
William Shakespeare in Hamlet

Here is some knitting that I am sharing…

I have for you (are you ready???) – My completed Sock Blankie!!!!  Ta Da!!!

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According to my Ravelry Project Notebook, I started Sock Blankie on April 1, 2008.  He was always intended to be a long term project, so the fact that I’ve been working on him for over 2.5 years isn’t really a big deal.  For anyone new to Sock Blankie you can find the pattern information here.  Sock Blankie isn’t really made out of socks, but rather spare sock yarn.  Once you start making a sock blankie, sock yarn will come to you*. Trust me.  My Sock  Blankie has 113 squares.  Some are leftovers from my knitting. Others are leftovers from my friends’ knitting and my sister’s knitting and even from my sister’s friend’s knitting.  I also have some from a yarn ball exchange from the BlankieMania Group on Ravelry.  Sock blankie is from all over the freaking place, isn’t he!  Sock blankie is also surprisingly stretchy, bouncy, and a lot of fun.  Maybe Sockie Blankie is me – a lot of pieces and colors put together in a way that you wouldn’t think would work but somehow form a cohesive entity.

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* Want some?  I haz some! LMK!!!

17 Responses to “Authentic Me and Sock Blankie”
  1. I love Sock Blankie. It is beautiful!

  2. Sock Blankie is wonderful! Will you bring him on Sunday or is he too big? Just looking at the pictures I can remember so many of the real socks! But Blankie has his own identity, just like the Knitter who whipped him up! :D

  3. Cheers to you on your authenticity journey! Some books that have helped me along in my path to my self have been “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)” and “The Gifts of Imperfection”, both by Brene Brown. Keep us posted on what you discover along the way!

    You blanket is exuberantly beautiful. Well done!

  4. Authenticity. Now there’s a New Year’s resolution!

    I’m 42 and right around 40 it feels like I finally got comfortable with authenticity. I’m growing out my (prematurely) gray hair and it’s the most liberating thing I’ve ever done. I am what I am, take it or leave it. This goes along with losing weight and getting back into shape, which I’ve also done over the last year, so it’s not that I’m letting myself go, it’s that I’m trying to be the best me, the real best me, I can be. It’s very freeing. I hope you find authenticity to be very rewarding. (I live in Vermont, a perfect environment for being true to yourself; plastic surgery and high heels are not the norm around here!) Best of luck.

    Your blanket is great.

  5. Hmm. I’m making a sock blankie…. ;)

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