The knitting was the first outlet to fall prey, but I’m already in so far over my head there that I had to employ defenses. So I spent untold hours browsing patterns and scheming about the next sweater/hat/scarf (depending on the day), but I did manage to stop myself from actually casting on any new projects. I’ve decided instead that what I really need instead is to actually finish one of the projects I have going. It sounds very reasonable, but I did try to convince myself that I could just sneak in the rest of the pickle sweater last week. After the better part of the week spent on the upper back I came to my senses and buckled down on the baby blanket once again. Just one and a half balls of yarn left on it now, so maybe if I keep on it I’ll manage to wrap it up by the middle of this month.
And that would be totally reasonable if I was just working on knitting projects. But last Friday afternoon I was struck with the sudden (and brilliant) inspiration to relocate my sewing table. And it’s such a superior setup that I really want to spend time sitting there sewing. (I’m sure that watching back episodes of the BBC’s “The Great British Sewing Bee” for knitting company has only a little to do with this.) I told myself that I would just start on the backlog of mending projects but it was a matter of hours until I broke out the wool braided rug. Right before it went away for the summer, I had ordered some rug-braiding tools and lo! tools are helpful! So I’ve made some progress and more of a plan and I’m quite excited about how it’s coming together. Last night I did do enough math to figure out that I have about 10% of the braid done, so it’ll be awhile until I have an actual rug, but I’m plucking away on it anyway.
I’ve also been playing with some herbs and such again and over the weekend I made a batch of lavender soap. From infusing the oil and then making it up and now the curing, we’ve had the lovely scent of lavender wafting around for days and I have to say I’m really quite ok with that.
So that’s most of the making that’s happening around here these days. Now that I write it out it really doesn’t seem like so much. Hmmmm…