January? Check. New Year's resolution? Check. That's right, just the one, I've resolved to 'go with the flow' in 2013, to take the path of least resistance wherever possible. This would be why my knitting tally so far this year is a minus number ... I've been frogging* again and Villeray, having suffered a second whippet encounter, is no more. But never fear, dear reader, for this lovely thing is edging ever closer to a ta-dah!
That said, I haven't felt much like knitting this past week. I've been struggling with a bout of trigeminal neuralgia, and with conjunctivitis, having managed to poke myself in the eye with one of the winter branches that this year substituted for our Christmas tree. (Oi, who just chortled at the back there?) So, inertia rules for the moment ... absolutely not the best way to start the year!
Feeling sorry for myself, reading The Snow Child, and searching typography websites for the perfect 'k', these have been my principal occupations during the last few days. It's an awkward letter, k, hard to tame, one of the spikiest in the alphabet and one of the least pleasing to the eye, particularly as styled in my current title font, Pupcat. But it's derived from the Phoenician kaph, which had its origins in a simple pictogram of a hand, and I must say I rather like it for that.
Last year I chose 'abundance' as the word to guide me through 2012, and quoted Epicurus when explaining why, "It's not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance". This year I'm choosing abundance again - with apologies for the repetition - but sharing a more contemporary quote, "Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune into." If 2012 was my year of enjoying life's simplest pleasures, then 2013 shall be my year of tuning in to delights so small they can easily pass us by ... the subtle scent of a new book, the origins of a letter form, moss calyptra after rain ... How about you, do you have a guiding word for 2013?
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A handy hint for the bloggers among you ... if you're experimenting with a bloggy makeover you can see how your site will look to the users of mobile devices in iPad Peek (for iPads and iPhones, obviously), and to the users of various browsers in Browsershots, which takes a little time to retrieve the data but is worth the wait (your blog stats should indicate which browsers and operating systems your readers most commonly use). Meanwhile, if anyone has any feedback on the way knitsofacto looks, particularly the fonts, that would really be most welcome. Just don't worry if things look a little odd when you drop by, I'm in the process of changing the header and have temporarily reverted to the default view. Done! Although I'm still searching for that elusive perfect 'k'.
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*An explanation of the term for those who don't knit ... the Oxford English Dictionary defines frogging, the noun, as "ornamental braid or fastenings of a type typically found on a military dress coat or cloak" ... frogging, the verb, to unravel or 'rip out' knitting, has so far failed to make it past the OED's editorial team. Why frogging? Well I've always thought frogs croaked, but apparently they say 'rip-it, rip-it'!