As much as possible (by which I mean as much as my four-year-old will let me), 2013 has been off to a fairly creative start. I have written in not just one but two diaries (one question-driven and one just a basic daily summary) every night so far. I added two more pages to my creative journal in the last three days.
Last night, I rolled a number five on my creativity die and discovered that I will be making jewelry this week! This is perfect timing since I just bought some beads at Michael's. It's also a little daunting since I haven't really made any jewelry in quite some time. We'll see how I do!
Another creative endeavor that I have been working on is inspired by several generations of women in my family.
Afghan crocheted for me by my maternal grandmother. <3
The women on my mom's side of the family know how to crochet. I tried to learn; earnestly and honestly, I did. But I'd get no further than a foot before I'd completely forget what I was doing and would have to start over.
Eventually, I just gave up.
Still, there has always been a part of me that has wanted to be able to participate in this family tradition. After all, my mom made the afghan that we brought our little guy home in; who will do the same for my grandchildren?
Imagine my joy, then, when a solution presented itself. One of my high school students was in study hall the other day, knitting a scarf on the most wondrous contraption. I asked her for a quick explanation, and she showed me just how easy it was.
That's when I knew I could continue a tradition.
So, the other night, I purchased my first knitting loom and a pile of soft, gorgeous, bulky yarn.
Isn't it gorgeous?!
The instruction book that came with the loom left a little bit to be desired (but in fairness, so did my reading skills, as I missed an entire sentence and couldn't figure out what in the heck I was doing). Once I got going though, I picked up the rhythm of the pattern.
I also numbered the pegs on my loom. This brain
isn't as fresh as it once was...
Now, I realize that in a blog post such as this, the expectation is that I will be ending by showing you a finished product...
In Progress: My First Scarf
Okay, listen. I am notorious for starting a project and not bringing it to fruition. I am counting on you (taps screen and points), YOU, to make sure that I keep working on this and that I actually finish it! And then you have to make me work on more!
This mission, should you choose to accept it, is not impossible. I generally give in really well to guilt trips, so if I don't post my progress in a week or so, let the nagging and hounding commence!!