Creating Happiness

The Art of Creating Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh
We have to learn the art of creating happiness. If during your childhood, you saw your parents do things that created happiness in the family, you already know what to do. But many of us didn’t have these role models and don’t know what to do. The problem is not one of being wrong or right, but one of being more or less skillful. Living together is an art. Even with a lot of goodwill, you can still make the other person very unhappy. The substance of the art of making others happy is mindfulness. When you are mindful, you are more artful.

Skill + 1UP

Join in with Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011 
The topic of today is Skill + 1UP.  This was easy for me.  By far, the greatest skill I have picked up is lace work.  I don’t believe it was something that I rationalized or planned.  It was simply an evolution of knitting.  Similar to what I talked about yesterday in the choosing of yarn and fiber.  There was a time in my knitting/crochet life that I would make you anything as long as it was stockinette stitch, garter stitch, or I-cord.  And even I-cord was a big move for me.  I can without a doubt attribute my fiber arts evolution to discovering Ravelry.  Furthermore, if I looked up when I had that haircut with my friend from high school who told me about Ravelry, I am sure I could pinpoint the day.  I think that it is a natural evolution to want to make something bigger, a sweater, add a zipper, follow a chart.   There is a point where stockinette and granny squares aren’t enough.  That is when I discovered lace.  I kind of dove in head first.  But, I enjoy it so much that I will be teaching a class on beginning lace soon.  I am very proud of the lace work projects that I have accomplished.  Highest on that list of course is having completed my Girasole blanket.  But, another favorite is the Arabella shawl.  It turned out so lovely in the Jamieson Spindrift yarn.  Lace work is still a work in progress, but it is a skill that I am so proud to have accomplished this past year.  
Tomorrow: Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches.
Be well. Create. Inspire.