July 3rd, 2010

ball of yarn

Working photo

Picture of me at my desk working on a Saturday.

Complete with hundreds of emails to answer, knitting projects I need to get started and a doggie keeping watch.


Dinner with my honey

My instructions for last night were to be dressed and pretty by 6pm at my place. I was dressed as per the instructions and left beauty in the eye of the beholder. A very good looking young man in a jacket (!) came to pick me up and it felt like such a long time since I'd seen him. I guessed incorrectly where we were going (he was wearing jeans) and ended up being escorted to a restaurant I had heard a lot about but had never been to.

maelkann took me to The Blue Duck for our 6 month anniversary and our table overlooked Cottesloe beach. I'm not sure I've ever told him, and I know he spent a lot of time looking for the right place and didn't factor this in, but overlooking the waves crashing along the beach is one of my calming places that I go to to relax and destress (both in my mind and in real life). I consider that the most romantic of scenes. And the whole - look at the expanse of ocean, realise you are but a drop in it kinda stuff.

So I sat there, looking out to the gorgeous view, and into the eyes of a gorgeous man, my gorgeous man, and just had a really lovely time. Not scripted, not self conscious, just us, talking and laughing and sipping wine* and enjoying ourselves. It was truly romantic.

And we had coffee and then we went home.

The funniest thing though happened - we got home and we were all being serious, and sharing sweet nothings and whatnot, and Benji, who obviously was suffering from lack of attention, picks up his toy and starts making it squeak. And squeak and squeak and squeak. For like 10 minutes straight. And maelkann says to me, "I could have gotten a string quartet, but instead I got a puppy with a chicken." And I was in fits of giggles for a while after that.

*my one waiver for the sugar free thing. I don't drink a lot so this shouldn't impact on the kicking the addiction thing.

ball of yarn

do you multitask craft?

I have this thing where I pretty much only obsess about one craft at a time. I go through stages or moods where I might crochet, knit or sew (quilting or crossstitching). And when I say stages and moods I mean at seasons or years at a time. Whenever I have picked up something that was not the craft I was currently working on, I have tended to drop that and move on and never look back. So it used to be that I would sew or do tapestry in the summer and then knit or crochet in the winter. And when I was doing one craft, I was not even remotely interested in doing any other. And at the point I picked up any other, I never looked back to the one I was on.

This is how one ends up with more unfinished, and never to be finished, WIPs than one has ever finished projects.

So my problem is this. I am so madly into patchworking right now. I have so many projects on the go and several others planned and am excited about starting in the near future. But ... I need to get a couple of knitting projects completed. And I am worried if I pick up the needles and cast on ... that will be the end of sewing, and maybe for a couple of years. And the thing is that I have looooots of planned knitting projects just sitting there waiting for me to want to knit again and I probably didn't mean to switch out of knitting in the first place. And I do want to make myself a couple of pairs of socks and shawls etc as well.

What I want to know is, do you successfully multicraft? Actively work on several different projects across crafts at one time? And how do you do it, if you do?
My mother thinks I should chill out. That craft is for fun and so what if I leave the sewing for a bit? That I'll come back to it. But you know ...