Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#WIPWednesday : Blogged

Whew! It's been a couple of weeks huh?! I went on vacation, to Provincetown, and it was amazing. I have lots of pictures (for a later post) and I did a TON of knitting and reading and relaxing. That being said, here's my WIP's for right now:

CLAPOTIS!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern and it works up SO amazingly!! I went on vacation having left off in the middle of the orange. I did the rest over the time I was on the beach. I don't even know if I'll block it at this point since I love the way it ripples up like that. And the yarn is "extra fine merino" and oh so VERY soft and cuddly. I have to finish the green (not much), then black and red are the last two sections with the red being all the decrease rows. It's gonna be EPIC.

COLOUR AFFECTION!! This is a fantastic pattern but I'm changing it up. I'm going with bulky yarn on size 11 needles and I'll just cut down the increases so that this shawl doesn't become a blanket! So far so good, it's working up beautifully. That's Cadet Blue for the MC and Bonfire for CC1. CC2 is Marsala (a burnt orange type colour). Also, yes, I realize that picture looks like a face. HAHA.

Those are my two main focuses (foci?) right now. My mom's tablecloth will become my second major project once the Clapotis is done. Then little projects. Speaking of which:

WASHCLOTHS!! I made all these on vacation. They're fun and easy and gave me a chance to burn through some cotton that was, well, just hanging around. Much like @Sara Marks and her collection of cotton that was just getting out of hand. Course, I did just pick up two skeins of "Dishie" from KnitPicks but whatever.

So that's about it kiddies!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday Morning Epiphany

I just realized that I have a TON of crocheting to do. Apart from my sweater (again, going to finish this today dammit), I've got 6 blocks to make for my afghan, and the filet crochet tablecloth for my mom. Lest we forget the knitting projects that are pending/started...

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with my WIP's but then I just pick one up and keep going. Coworkers tell me that I shouldn't stress out about my "relaxing activities". I think that yes, I'm a little stressed, but is it something that I need to worry about? No. I think it's a healthy kind of stress. The need to finish what I've started, the desire to create. It's not that I'm going to lose sleep if I don't finish my sweater today (though I might think about it).

When I'm at work, there's deadlines and timelines and tasks that need "immediate attention" or the world will melt. I know, I'm in IT. But when I'm yarning (my word - encompasses both knitting and crocheting), there's a sense of enjoyment. Like reading a good book and wanting one more page or chapter, or a great video game where you "just need to get to a save point". Yarning for me is that same quest, to create something beautiful as a gift or even just for myself. The "stress" that goes along with that is like Miley Cyrus said "the climb". (yes, I just quoted Miley Cyrus. I'm gay, ok?) Once I'm wearing my newest scarf, sweater, gloves, hat, whatever...or I'm holding the finished object in my hands, that sense of accomplishment cannot be beat.

So the next person that tells you that you have too many projects going, you need to relax in your hobby, etc. Ask them if they've finished their book. Ask them to stop whatever is makes them happy because they might be "stressed" doing it. There are two kinds of stress, bad and good. Bad is the one that's place on us by others, good is the one where we push ourSELVES and make things happen.

Make things happen, Pleeps!