I’m nearly done with the baby sweater. It’s okay — another post for another day. When I have pictures! All it needs is a closure. (Well, and blocking.) Currently debating whether or not it needs accompanying booties. I love making booties, I love using booties (I know I’m a minority there), but I seem to lack the ability to make booties in the same size as the sweater so it makes for an odd pairing.
But that’s not what this post is about. What this post is about is my plans for when I’m done with this gift. And those plans include putting away my knitting.
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?
The thing is, I’ve come to the realization that while I knit to relax, to spend time on myself, and for the sheer joy of it, it’s not the only thing I enjoy. Other projects are suffering for my concentration on this one craft and I don’t like that. I rarely read. I have a huuuuge stack of sewing projects to finish, not to mention lots of things (both knitting and sewing) to fix. I don’t mind fixing — that’s part of the reason I do this stuff. Trousers to patch, curtains to hem, socks to darn, bag handles to sew back on.
So when this gift is done I’m putting up my knitting for a week or two. I’m going to work on straightening up my craft room (pictures coming of that as well!). I’m going to sit down and read. I’m going to darn my poor husband’s socks and patch his holey knees. I’m going to do more Wii Fit and some sudoku. I’m going to fix my beaded bag, make a cover for my sewing machine, and hem the Boo’s curtains. I’m going to put the binding on the baby quilt before the baby turns a year old and is no longer a baby.
I’m not going to quit crafting — I’d rather have my soul sucked dry! But I’m going to concentrate on things other than knitting; things that make me happy, that feed my soul, things that use my skills and expand my repetoire.
And then I’m going to cast on for a lace shawl that I’ve been dying to make. For myself!