"I prefer winter ... the bone structure of the landscape ... the loneliness of it, the dead feeling ... something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show."And I've been gathering together yarns and fabrics, feeling my way towards a knitted shawl, or perhaps a blanket, and a tied quilt, in a palette of tones that will celebrate this season I so love. I'm in no hurry, quite the opposite, these are projects I want to take slowly, relishing the process not rushing toward the finish line. Already this year I've written about going with the flow, about embracing life's abundant simple pleasures, and about streamlining, paring down, choosing to make do with less. Look back to one of the earliest knitsofacto posts and you will see Alan Watts' Zen: The Supreme Experiencein use as a substitute niddy-noddy. And the list of post topics, now moved to the blog's footer, has always included 'Japan'. So perhaps my current reading - Andrew Juniper's Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence- will not surprise you. And my current knitting project? I'm working on a little secret something that will hopefully become the next free knitsofacto knitting pattern. Watch this space!