You know how the computer experts tell us that it's important to partition our hard drives when they are huge (like they all seem to be these days) because otherwise, for terribly technical reasons that are irrelevant to the point I'm eventually going to make, a lot of space will be wasted? I hate to admit it, but that is a problem I have with my lovely huge summer vacation. I need partitioning.
These endless summer days are being frittered away. At the end of the day, what have I done? Some reading, some knitting, some writing, some exercising, some eating, some socializing, some daydreaming, some napping, some visiting, some shopping. Okay, it sounds idyllic. But at the end of the day, I'm not checking much off my lists. I'm not ....accomplishing things.
I need....oh I hate to say it....I need structure. The structure that my job forces upon me. I love vacations. But I need structure. Summer camp. That's what I really need. 6 weeks of counselors forcing me to get up off my backside and go to arts and crafts. Or the nature lodge. Or the (horrors) lake to swim. I'm my own camp counselor, and I'm not doing a very good job.
Let's look at my sidebar list of current projects to see the scope of the problem.
To start with, I did actually finish something on that list. I finished the Cool Stuff Triangle Shawl. Whoopee doo. I'm wildly unexcited by this. I will never get suckered into spending that kind of money on a single skein of yarn again. It wasn't fun to knit. And now that it's done, it's .....okay. Maybe it's that the choice of colors....many lavender shades....doesn't really work for me. I need livlier colors. This will probably end up being a gift for someone....as soon as I figure out who I like enough and who can wear these shades and who will wear a shawl. Not everyone is a shawl person. But here's the thing. My lunatic fringe stole is way prettier than this. How much did the stole cost? Nothing really....every single yarn was leftover from other projects. I've learned a lesson, I hope. Here's a really bad picture of the shawl....ends haven't been woven in yet. I haven't attempted to block it....is it worth blocking Cool Stuff? Has anybody had experience with this?
Moving along. I have made progress on my Cloverleaf Rib socks. I'm at the toe of the first, and I've finished the cuff of the second. Good, now I can dash through the rest, and start a new pair for the Kersti-along. Take a close look at these. Does anyone see the huge mistake I've made? I am NOT ripping out to fix it. I just won't give this pair to anyone, and for me, I don't care. But go ahead, all you eagle-eyed readers out there in blogland; see if you can spot the error.
Next, a new project. I've started what I call a Froufy Felted bag. If this comes out the way I hope, it is targeted as a gift for someone. Can't say who of course...it is supposed to be a surprise gift. It's based on a pattern I got at Peachtree Studio in Cinncinnati. They have a bag on display that has attracted me both times I've been there. I'm following their pattern, but it is already obvious that the measurements aren't right. There is no way this will be the size it's supposed to be. And I didn't do a practice swatch with all my novelty yarns to felt it beforehand and make sure they will all make it through the felting process intact. I am taking potluck with this. Either it works, or it doesn't. Stay tuned...I'll know in a week or two.
I am close to done with the felted slippers. Two solid hours of knitting would have me done. I restarted a simple poncho on bigger needles. I'll report on that when I have more than one row of knitting done. I haven't touched the Chinchilla hat or the Sweaterkit Tee in ages.
I want to start 5 new projects, but I'm forcing myself to whittle down this list first. To help me, and to meet the latest requirement of the Knitter's Way group, I went to the library and for the first time ever checked out this kind of item:
Books on tape. For the Knitter's Way, one of the exercises is to try a week of reading deprivation. That's right, you heard me, a WEEK of NO reading. I'm having a very hard time getting my mind to wrap around this concept. Reading is like breathing to me. Would I voluntarily give up a week of breathing? Of course not. Why would I even think of giving up a week of reading? It's supposed to open up my inner artist who is struggling to get out. Frankly, my inner artist is more interested in reading. But hey, I'm part of this group. I have to give it my best shot.
So, to that end I am going to try knitting to audio books. Listening is a skill I am very poor at. My mind wanders down such interesting paths, that I lose track of what a speaker is saying. It takes a fascinating topic, and an excellent speaker to keep me attentive. I've never tried listening to a novel before. But it's good to try new things, right?
Let's have some audience participation, shall we? What's one new thing you've tried recently, or will try soon? Something you've never done before. (Keep this PG rated everyone! I have no idea if children ever read this blog. I did go to a sex toy party recently. 'Nuff said about that!)
I have to go now and partition myself.