Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Planning Stages

The reason I haven't blogged yet this year is that I had a brilliant plan.

I was going to post a simple FREE PATTERN, and at the same time, I was going to advertise that I take custom orders for this same lovely blanket.

What a perfect way to start the new year, with a free pattern that some knitters might even use for charity--what cosmic goodness!  Yet it would be in conjunction with a special introductory offer that might bring a little extra cash into my home, sweet home.

So this was supposed to go up January 1st, or 2nd, or at the very latest, the 3rd.

Well, it takes longer to write a pattern than some people might think, especially if you want it to make sense to another human being, to say more than, "Cast on however many stitches you think you might need, change colors every two rows, and knit until you drop or run out of yarn, whichever comes first." And good-bye and good luck.

Then I took lots of pics of the finished blanket.  I'm still blocking the edges, but so?

I drafted the "custom order" page to put up on Etsy.

Then I realized there's a technique for carrying the yarn almost invisibly up the sides that the experienced knitter probably already knows, but that beginners who might be drawn to this VERY EASY FREE PATTERN might not already know.

I wanted to make a video of myself doing it, but I didn't have anyone to hold the camera.

So I took a bunch of stills, holding the camera in one hand and the knitting in the other, which is a skill in itself.  The first photos came out a tad blurry, so I did it again, and they are great, and I want to make a slide show of them too, so people can sort of see the technique in action, but I haven't done it yet.

Because all these things take a lot of time, especially when you are trying to do all the other things one does in order to live, like eat healthy (which requires shopping, cooking, and washing dishes), exercise (which means you need new running shoes because the old ones have lost their tread, and a new swimsuit, because let's face it, once those swimsuits start to sag and turn translucent, well, my life may be an open book, but these days my body stays just between me and God), and then of course, I want to knit, crochet, spin, quilt, write, look for a part-time job, make new friends, keep the old, and keep up with everything else, like the bills and Downton Abbey.

A charity project from the past

Put me on a tight schedule, and not only does my body shut down in ways we will not detail here, but my spirit shuts down as well.  I lose all sense of fun, creativity, and joy.

And I'm the one who put myself on the tight schedule!

Well, that's just plumb crazy!  (I mean, necessities of life put us on enough schedules, doncha think?)

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A few months ago, I thought how clever it would be to come up with, say, 13 charity patterns in 2013, the way some people decided to knit 12 shawls in 2012, for example.  Wouldn't something clever like that draw people to my blog?

Maybe, but if it's at the expense of my sanity--well, needless to say, I decided against it.  Not every clever idea has to actually be done, after all.

I also remembered along the way that even though it's nice to make money from art, giving away the beautiful things I make to someone in need gives me even greater pleasure.

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I even love the anonymity of it.  I don't know who receives the gift, and they don't know me.

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It's a simple soul to soul transaction.

And I don't have to impress anyone or sell anyone on my ideas.  I don't have to turn what feeds my soul into a marketplace.

And don't we all need time to stop and smell the sea?

So, the wonderful free pattern will show up here sooner or later.  The link for custom orders will be provided.  And in the meantime, many joy-filled, creative things will be happening at my house, and I hope at your place too.

And maybe we will have way more than 13 serene moments in 2013.

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