Week 3 – 22 January 2016 / Friday

Week 3 – 22 January 2016 / Friday
10 cm x 17cm – (s 8 wood)
knit and purl every other line

I did not bring my knitting to Espressini to meet with R. I knew we would be too busy catching up to do any. Nor did I bring it later to R & F’s for the dinner party for the same reasons. I still managed to knit a fair amount though: some in bed when I first woke up again, then later when I was helping D but he was looking for things.

I also spent time starting to work on the writing part of the Knitting Time project. Spent a few minutes looking at Word Press blog templates and reading tips on starting blogs…got overwhelmed with that part and tried to start filling in the blanks of a daily journal that could form the basis of a blog.

Questions that came up during these activities included:

I tried to think about photographs – what I already have and what I think is missing that I could take.

I wondered what format or layout for the blog would best reflect the way I understand my Knitting Time project – while also being user friendly.

I generally concluded that I need to talk to J about setting up the blog in relation to my CreativeCore website…hopefully he can help me with the technical aspects as well as giving advice on the layout.

Level of disclosure in the blog and anonymity (to protect the innocent)… I like that the blog focuses specifically on the knitting and my relationship to that and therefore limits how much personal information I need to even consider. This related back to conversation I had with B at dinner and his experience of trying to write about 40 days of intention on someone else’s blog.

I was overwhelmed with how much time it takes to write through my thoughts and at the same time very interested in the relationship between the writing and the knitting.

The writing becomes a theme and a discipline in itself, hat relates to my daily log and offers an opportunity to explore the craft of writing more regularly. This is something I have been hoping to do for some time now anyway and this gives me a channel to start.

Also reminded of Marion Milner’s book: On not being able to paint – as a similar exploration – although within a different context and emphasis on a psychoanalytic interpretation. P had recommended I read that book during my PhD and although I did a bit – I know I should revisit it with more care now.

I have an older version but this is what Amazon says about a recent edition:

M Milner not paint coverMilner’s great study, first published in 1950, discusses the nature of creativity and those forces which prevent its expression. In focusing on her own beginner’s efforts to draw and paint, she analyses not the mysterious and elusive ability of the genius but – as the title suggests – the all too common and distressing situation of ‘not being able’ to create.

With a new introduction by Janet Sayers, this edition of On Not Being Able to Paint brings the text to the present generation of readers in the fields of psychoanalysis, education and all those, specialist and general audiences alike, with an interest or involvement in the creative process and those impulses impeding it in many fields.

I am tempted to buy this version sometime to read the introduction. I also see that in addition to that book she has another one that also looks relevant:

M Milner Life coverHow often do we ask ourselves, ‘What will make me happy? What do I really want from life?’ In A Life of One’s Own Marion Milner explores these questions and embarks on a seven year personal journey to discover what it is that makes her happy.
On its first publication, W. H. Auden found the book ‘as exciting as a detective story’ and, as Milner searches out clues, the reader quickly becomes involved in the chase. Using her own personal diaries, kept over many years, she analyses moments of everyday life and discovers ways of being, of looking, of moving, that bring surprising joy – ways which can be embraced by anyone.
With a new introduction by Rachel Bowlby this classic remains a great adventure in thinking and living and will be essential reading for all those interested in reflecting on the nature of their own happiness – whether readers from a literary, an artistic, a historical, an educational or a psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic background.

I can see that she is someone I need to pay more attention to now in relation to my CreativeCore development. Her publications include:
– A Life of One’s Own 1934
– An Experiment in Leisure 1937
– The Human Problem in Schools 1938
– On Not Being Able to Paint 1950
– The Hands of the Living God 1969
– “The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men: Forty-Four Years of Exploring Psychoanalysis” 1987

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