I am so grateful to have read Bonny’s post this morning. The last two evenings I have been fighting with my Nightshift, knitting a few rows,unraveling, starting again only to find a mistake a few rows back. I love these cheerful colors but I don’t think I am going to love this shawl. So, at some point today, I am going to unravel this project and get back to knitting hats. This is a time for knitting calm. I also need to revisit my Gideon method list. Would be good to get some things checked off that list.
On the reading/not really reading front, I won a book from a Goodreads give away! And it is the Kindle version so instant gratification. I did find that my library had the ebook version of A Writer’s Diary that Jane mentioned in her post and that has been good reading this week.
My working from home routine seems to be, working. I have been making my three things to finish list each morning and getting it all crossed off. Yesterday I put a chicken in the crock pot and took two neighborhood walks for my breaks. Our Stay Home order goes into effect tonight (not sure why they waited so long) and I am hoping it will make a difference.
This has been an interesting week and I thought it fitting to open the mail and find this book at the end of a day filled with a lot of What if? conversations. Yup. I live very near the recent Coronavirus outbreak. On Sunday there was a run on toilet paper and canned goods at many of the local stores. It was strange to see rows of empty shelves and shopping carts filled with provisions. I’m not sure what people were thinking (I just needed some noodles and coconut milk for dinner) but I am sure there was a lot of overthinking going on.
I am not trying to diminish the severity of the situation; not trying to be callus. I do think there are a lot of folks who need to take a deep breath, wash their hands (the way we used to get rid of germs before they created hand sanitizers), and settle down. I am happy to say that I have another knitting project to keep me in knitting as meditation mode. I finished the color work yoke on my Engi. I need to find a smaller cord so I can finish the short rows and neck edging. Then I will go back and knit the body and sleeves. I may also have pulled yarn to join Vicki in a knit along.
Off to link up with Kat. Happy Wednesday and please wash your hands!
Yup. There was some unraveling around here. First I unraveled a shawl that was so close to finishing but has been set aside too long. I tried to figure out where I had left off but the truth was, I didn’t really care for the colors and was not interested in actually owning this shawl. So, over the course of one TV show, it went back to being ball of yarn that I will likely donate. And on Sunday, I unraveled a hat. I loved knitting this hat. Loved the yarn. But after it was done, it grew just enough to be sloppy on my head. So it too went back to being a ball of yarn. But I will reknit that hat because I do love the color.
I have also been unraveling my screen time. I deleted a number of apps and cleared my browsing history. I don’t plan to stop blogging but I won’t be scrolling on those other sites. I have been listening to a book that has captured all of my attention. It is not an easy listen but one that deserves my undivided attention.
And how about this? I am not on Twitter but this was sent to me and it struck a chord.
I finished something! But I don’t have a photo so I will just show you the tiny amount of yarn that I had after it was all done. I had even ordered an extra skein! But best of all, it fits, so that lovely baby bump can be wrapped in knitted love.
Reading has been sporadic at best. I am looking forward to an extra long weekend, a haircut, and a very special Friday wine and cheese night.
No projects unraveled this week but I did a bit of stash decluttering. An art teacher asked for supplies for a new maker space so I went to my leftovers bin and filled a bag. I even included some needles that I will never use and some other craft and art supplies. Do you find yourself unable to start a project when you have supplies that you know will never get used but are taking up physical and emotional energy in your crafting space? My closet has become cluttered again and I am looking forward to exploring more of Courtney Carver’s ideas when her new book comes out next month.
My reading this week includes an advanced copy of Anne Bogel’s new book on my Kindle (so much I need to be hearing in this book) and a very interesting audiobook about the conflict in Northern Ireland in the 70’s. Nothing finished but plenty of good options piling up.
No unraveling around here. Yesterday I mentioned that I am a great starter but not so good at finishing. I have a sweater on my needles that has been my main project for awhile. I keep it in a bag on the couch making it easy to pick up and knit while I watch evening TV.
And I have four more projects that are well established, projects I really want to finish. I decided to try The Gideon Method. I have seen a link to this knitting idea on a number of blogs and when I hear the same thing from multiple sources, I try to pay attention.
Once I finish the current sweater, I am going to tackle these projects. I will probably start with the Pevine hat because it is very close to the crown deceases. Then either the Solbein or the Hansel hap. The sweater on the lower right is still in the color work stage so that might take more time.
Reading has stalled a bit, again. I had 5 audio books come in at the same time and none of them hooked me so I returned them all. I need to take some time to sort out my reading life before we jump into February.
Planning to link up with Kat and the Unravelers. Happy Wednesday.
Instead of unraveling, these last few days have been reviving.
Sleeve #2 is coming along. I also had a chance to do some swatching for potential projects. I am close to the end of my first book of the year and I finished watching season 3 of The Crown. But maybe best of all, I have been wearing #allthewool while shoveling the driveway or taking a walk. And hot chocolate calories don’t count if it’s a no school day – right?
Linking up with Kat today and just got the school cancelled message so day #3!