Life is a path, a course we follow, with a beginning and an end. How we live our lives, what we do and accomplish is unique... a result of factors only some of which are in our control.
In my life work, I am often likened to the tortoise. I tend to persist with an objective-perhaps not being the fastest about accomplishing, but steadfast, as linear as possible in spite of obstacles. Some of my objectives are noble i.e. community changers, some are admirable personal growth goals and some are just getting necessary and unnecessary stuff done like icing the damn fruitcake that has been sitting in my laundry room soaking in rum for several months... still not done....
I am always plugging away at my laundry list of objectives. Thankfully, if I am like a tortoise, I am also long lived, this is good, because it takes me years..OMG... yeeeeeearrrrrssss to realize some objectives because while I am a tortoise, I am also a bit of the hare. I hop around, get distracted, fall in love with new interests. Projects multiply like bunnies, you get the picture. Ok, so how does it relate to my post today?
I completed three unnecessary but beloved projects. Yay! Nothing monumental, nothing earth shattering, but it feels like a victory to me :-)!
Project One is the oldest of the objectives I am posting about today and its story is thus:
I fell in love with Sashiko. I read all about it, I bought the tools to teach myself how to do it. I completed several items, but one item, a dragonfly sampler, languished without purpose. I knew I wanted to make a purse with it, but couldn't find the right pattern, couldn't pull the pieces together. So it sat. Sat for several years in a box waiting. Well, this week, my local quilt store Bunny Hop (coincidence) taught a class on the Diva Frame Wallet by Sewmanycreations.com. It was the perfect size and a useful practical design. Shazam, that puppy is off my laundry list. It is out of the box and DONE!
Project Two is a necessary objective only in that I made a committment to friends to finish, it just so happened that is was also a very good lesson for me in perseverance. Here is it's story:
Each year my knitting buddies and I attend Stitches West, a knitting convention held in Santa Clara, CA. The convention is lots of fun, there are classes, vendors, socializing and of course knitting inspiration. More about that in another post. One year, we got the great idea to do a project in common and finish it in time for the upcoming years convention. The first year we selected YOWSA That’s a Skein by Babs and knit the Hitchhiker scarf. Great pattern, easy peasy and we all brought and wore ours to the following years convention. Well, recently, we bought Louet Euroflax and each planned a project utilizing the fiber, for me, a poncho called the Kennedy Wrap. The poncho had a lace edge, ONLY 20 rows of lace knitting of which every other row was purling. The rest of the garment was stockinette. You'd think it would be a quick knit. Maybe for you, maybe for you. Needless to say, it didn't get done.
I knit that damn lace over and over and over again. I think I ripped it out 20 times. I tried placing markers, lifelines, my teacher helped me; I tried complete quiet, saying the pattern outloud as I knit it, changing needle types, checking each of the 15 repeats to assure each stitch was correct over 200 some stitches....long story short, ARGHHHHHH!. I put it away. I picked it back up last fall, hoping to get it done in time to take to convention. The swatch was beautiful, the drape, the color, I couldn't let this project go-it was the gauntlet thrown. Finally, finally and inspite of life (daughters broken leg) and myself, after ripping it out several more times, I finished it. I blocked it just days before 2016 convention. It was worth the effort and humbling experience. It is a beautiful garment, I love it, other people loved it and are inspired to also knit the pattern.
And Project Three...well, that's the rest of the story... I will save that for the another post!