Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dear Self: Don't Feel Guilty

Of late, everything has been dog piled on and it's showing. I'm stretched thinner and thinner, which sends me off in fits of fury or tears a lot more easily. Every time that I sit down when I'm not actively having to get something done, I'm falling asleep.

As you can imagine, this means there's not been a whole lot of knitting progress at Chez Hedgehog. I keep telling myself that I shouldn't feel guilty about this, that I have a lot going on and it's okay to not kill myself working on a craft project that is supposed to be my relaxing hobby when I'm already tired. It's hard though.

One must occasionally admit unrealistic expectations, or at least temper your expectations when change comes, which it always does and will.

I did sit down the other day and break out the large purple shawl.  I've gotten a couple of podcasts back into it and I have made some progress, I'm finally on the third skein of Lorna's Laces.  The Philosopher claims it's a large triangular blanket, not a shawl. I disagree.  I'll be warm in it though.  It's going with me to a football game today, Northwestern is playing and it's bright purple. If I can just find a seat (away game, we'll be at a pub), I might be able to whack out a good chunk of skein 3.

The Philosopher also built me a Roku box for my birthday!! It's an Apple Mini loaded with Plex Online software. I can stream Hulu, YouTube, Netflix and lots of other things on it.  My favorite find thus far though was PBS.  I can now stream Antique Roadshow! I may never get up from the couch ever again.  I'm absolutely thrilled.

I did finish the first of the Monet Socks...did it make it home from work? Let me go rummage in my work bag.


 Ah-ha! Success.  This got finished during a phone meeting and I had left it at work. Sock 2 has about six rows done, though now that I've brought home the 9" circular needle, it's a smidge more portable. Might take that to the pub as well.  I might finish the shawl, you know. I only have another 100 or so rows....

Then there's the sweater. I made a huge amount of progress on it when I was in New York last month and if memory serves I'm ready to start the ribbing on the back before continuing the points on the front.  It continues to be a great pattern and fits well, but it requires paying attention, which is why it hasn't seen much love since I got back. I'm thinking about taking it on my trip to Hawaii next week, if I can get down to sleeves before then.

I really like the slipped stitch detail running up each side that is in place of a side seam. It still looks seamed but it's all one piece.  It also is surprisingly more apparent in photos than I feel like it is in real life.  I'll be asking the Philosopher to take some photos of me in it when I'm done.

Several other things on the needles, nothing getting much love.  But I'm getting back to my knitting without feeling guilty about it.  At least I'm not hurting the wool's feelings. :)

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