Thursday, December 28, 2006

And we're back

I must say this blog feels quite funny - like I'm talking into a big empty hall. But that's okay cause it does work well to chart and log progress of projects. That's something I'm hoping to be more diligent about next year. Especially since I've already gone through the year's knitted gifts and allotted items to birthdays and so on. So I should really be able to plan all that a bit better in 2007.

I'm having difficulty taking photos too - I think it's an issue of light and the time of day I am home to catch up on things like this.

But the most important things to say is 1) I finished the Clapotis. I hated knitting the second half of it. It was sooooo boring and as soon as I was finished, I loved the look so much I am honestly contemplating another one. But see I do that. Enjoy a project and then flog it to death (see photos to come of the scarves I am working on). 2) I am giving up on Sarcelle. For now. I think when you don't work on a project that says something to you about what you think of it. And knitting should be fun and the gift is wayyyy late. I'm going to try Eunny's stole tonight and see how I go with that.

And that brings me to the saddest part of the post. I am in the midst of doing my yearly wrap up and self examination of performance (I gave myself a 7) and setting of goals and aspirations for 2007. One of the things I want to reach for next year is balance in all things. And it's made me realise that in order to do that, I have to work less knitting in my week. I think that's sad and I will likely miss it (although have had very little time these last 3 weeks for knitting and I've been okay) but I need to admit I've been a tad over-obsessed with it to the detriment of other things (like cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, going out to do things with friends). I think this summer we will do lots of gadding about with talk of the outdoor cinema and such. I don't really think I'll be taking knitting along with me. So I think there will be less of knitting, which maybe there should be. I was getting into about 6 to 7 hours a day, sometimes 2 hours before work and 6 or more afterwards.

I'll need to rethink the bootie thing too. But that's for another post, another day.


chocolatetrudi said...

Yay! Good to see you back!

I often tell myself to knit less and read more, but never seem to manage it. Trouble is, I find knitting soothing and reading stimulating. At the moment I need soothing more than stimulating.

Alisa Krasnostein said...

Thanks! I didn't realise it had been so long since I still read all the other blogs and get my knitting fill!

I do know what you mean about knitting being soothing - it has been my real crutch during this last year or so when my head has been in the wrong place. Its actually often been the only thing that makes me happy.

Also, if you have 5 mins whilst your partner is closing windows and putting out the dog, soooo much easier to grab the knitting and knit a couple of rows.

I fear though that sometimes I am a bit strict with my leisure time. I'mthinking of just mandating a one hour reading block each evening. In truth that would still leave me with 5 hours to knit in the evening, often!

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