So, its the end of the year. Like always – or maybe even more so – this one has sneeked up on me. So, I missed the regular reflective mood I find myself in at the end of a year. End of a term. Another trip home. And looking at the schedule for the next days I am not sure if I will have any time to spare. But we will see.
But this year also a project came to an end. My scarf of the month project if finished. I am horrendously pleased with myself for having done it, but I have already started a sweater. I am quite done with scarves as the moment :-) One scarf is still outstanding and I do not think I will finish it. Making a scarf that adequately says “Welcome” to people fleeing from their homes, looking for help in Europe still seems too big a task. Something I do not want to take on lightly. But this alone shows a heart-breaking development. I chose this as a topic for April. When people started reporting on an increase in people trying to cross borders. And now, at the end of the year, it is still a topic. And even bigger so. I have decided to pack some of the scarves I made for this project and others I have not used in a while and send them off to Knit for Peace hoping they will do some good, share the love for someone.
Scarves exist at the end of this project that would not have been here otherwise. My Fair Isle knitting has become better. I have become increasingly outspoken about things that irk me. I have enjoyed this. I have looked inside and outside for inspiration. I have shouted out what is important to me.
For December I wanted to shut up and listen. Because we are so rarely asked what is important to us. We so rarely have an occasion to think about our values, test them, explore them. Therefore I want to get you thinking. I am asking “What would you like to say?” “What would you like to happen?” These are wide questions and you can take them anywhere you like. But I think it is important that you know. Start to tell others. Shout it from the rooftops. Make something happen. Make art. Say your piece. Bring others to think. This is all we can do.
Have a great remaining 2015. Have an amzing 2016. Make. Craft. Stay curious!