Friday, January 20, 2006
I, along with hundreds of other knitters, joined up with Stephanie's Knitting Olympics. Now I've got some serious buyer's remorse. I've always been a person who feels compells to join activities. In high school I got seriously overextended and ended up really sick for a month because of all the stuff I got involved in (Church youth group leadership which included planning and attending retreats, my high school dance group, a full load of courses that included some honors work, some clubs, you get the idea). I didn't learn my lesson and spent college and my working life involved in too much stuff. Apparently I still haven't learned and am in several KALs, a couple knitting swaps, a SP round, have four things on the needles, am trying to design a sweater, keep up with bloglines sub, want to update the blog, plus the home duties of a SAHM mother of a toddler and preschooler who a coop with at a preschool. Then I sign up for the Knitting Olympics... Obviously I was out of my mind. Now there are several other options out there right now. Margene writes about the Eddie along where we all relax, knit what we want and enjoy the process of the three weeks. There's the UFOlympics where people can finish up things languishing on the needles during the three weeks. There's the Homer Simpson Olympics where we just knit or not knit for three weeks. Margene's Eddie along is probably the closest fit to how I should try to be when it comes with knitting, or with life for that matter. Do what you enjoy, make decisions as they come with intention, enjoy the process, and how life unfolds. For someone that runs to the anxious and the overbooked, I could take a page from that book although the idea both liberates and terrifies me. What I really think I should do though is to not join any Olympics in all of their forms. I think I need to sit out of this one and concentrate on working out what I've got on my plate. I need a plan with some flexibility. I can't give up on the idea of a plan as I'm finding that without a plan I feel a bit scattered and none of my projects get worked on or enjoyed. I need to knit what I've got on the needles, with purpose and intention. I need to not think about the next project but enjoy what projects I'm working on (which by the way, I'm in love with all of them). I need to enjoy expressing myself on the blog and enjoy reading and celebrating/commiserating with my blog friends. I need to not let the idea of KAL translate into pressure. So here's my tentative plan with a full understanding that this can be changed at any time due to a variety of reasons not limited to illness and life. Ready? I will work on Twist everyday as my goal is to wear her to Stitches. I will start Mitten 1 for the mitten swap on Monday. I will alternate between Ruffles and Jaywalkers as time and interest permits. There you have it. Ah, I feel better now.