Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Keep on going, or knit on!

When I get all slumpy and just can't seem to move forward, I have a way of dealing with it. And that is just keep on going. I know what normal is for me, so I just act it. I review all the things that I should be doing for my health and pay attention to the things I'm slacking on; pretty soon those depressed feelings abate and I start feeling normal again.
Knitting is the same. If I have a problem, I reassess and then move forward. When I started having problems with both of my current knitting projects, I decided the problem was that the concentration required by two lace projects was more than my overloaded brain could handle at the moment. I decided to concentrate on EZ's baby sweater now, and it will be the only project I work on for now. It is small enough and simple enough to be both my home and purse project. I'm not ready to think about my next project(s) yet.
I messaged all the Allen, Texas knitters I could find on Ravelry, in hopes we could meet for knitting and chatting.
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Organizingmy stash usually tweaks my creative energy. And I needed to add to my Ravelry stash. Since it was fairly well organized anyway, I just ran around the house and gathered up all the yarn that was here, there and everywhere. I organized by yarn weight, putting all the threadweight, laceweight, fingering and cotton yarns in one plastic tub. And then the rest--dk, sportweight, worsted and bulky went into two more plastic tubs, but these were organized by color--neutrals and reds, oranges, yellows in one tub and blues, greens and purples in the other tub.
All in all, it took me a couple of hours--gathering, bagging, replacing in an organized fashion, photographing, uploading photos to Flickr and adding to my stash in Ravelry. I have my stash organized in a different way. I labelled everything by weight; that way, I can easily look to see that I have, in aranweight, a skein each of gold, red, gray and brown.
Most of the time, my creative energy goes wild, but this time, not so. It was just an exercise in organizing.
Just keep on going.
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On the cooking/baking front, I did make some utterly divine oatmeal cookies. The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman. She's amazing, that woman. Do look around her blog.
I also made some whole wheat bread in the bread machine. It is so easy, just dump all the stuff in and turn the machine on. Takes about ten minutes. The recipe came with the machine, and I can't find the recipe online. Nuts.
Last week I made some baked beans for family dinner. Everyone kept on saying, "Mom, ya gotta write this recipe down." I'm not sure I'm remembering everything I put in, cuz I'd worked the night before and was trying to get everything dumped in the crockpot before I went to bed.

Ma's Crockpot Beans

3 large cans of pork and beans
1 large can of crushed pineapple
6 shakes of wooster sauce (worcestershire sauce)
6 shakes of tabasco sauce
one handful of brown sugar
about 1/4 cup of molasses
about 1/3 cup of brown mustard
about a tablespoon of minced garlic
freshly ground pepper, to taste
12 shakes of celery salt

Dump all into the crockpot. Stir. Bake on low for 4-6 hours.
I should have added a cup of chopped onion. Will, next time.
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Sewing, ah, sewing, the long-forgotten love. As I am determined to work from stash, I decided the next thing to finish would be Dear Young Son's denim quilt. It is a patchwork of old jeans, and was abandoned due to the difficulty of working with the heavy materials. I'm determined to work on it each day and have the satisfaction of being able to finish another discarded project.
This weekend Dear Husband and I ran some errands in nearby McKinney and I stopped in at Happiness is Quilting. The shop is small, but well-stocked and well-organized. There is a nice area for classes. The staff was friendly, but not pushy. They were helping another customer, and their advice was helpful and appropriate. I am looking into taking a class with them.
I also found the Allen Quilter's Guild, and although I can't make the meeting this month, I hope to make next month's meeting. Looks like fun.