sometimes in all the chaos of life it is so easy for me to lose perspective in all kinds of ways. I sometimes just feel like my days are this constant wash of just working, washing the dishes, putting the baby to bed. i tend to focus a lot on all the things i feel i'm not doing -- getting my act together to go grocery shopping, cooking dinner, writing as much as I'd like, sending my thank you notes, etc. today, though, i took a step back and looked at all this stuff i've been making and doing in the midst of a really, really challenging month (multiple sicknesses spread from family member to family member, disrupted sleep in the little one - and thus for me too, travel, my ongoing health problem, etc), i feel like whatever else i can say about myself i'm definitely not just sitting around watching tv and not making anything.
Knitting was my first love, craft-wise. I taught myself to knit a little while after graduating college as a way of forcing myself to slow down and to have something to do with my hands and my nervous energy. I knit at a snails pace these days because I have so many other things competing for my attention but i usually do have a project or two going. I finished (except for grafting the toe) one of a pair of socks for my mom in time for christmas. want to take bets on whether i finish the other one before her birthday in August?
Quilting and even sewing in general are pretty new to me. I've tried sewing in fits and starts since I was a young girl in 4-H but always got really frustrated by it because it seemed so slow and fussy. Then I spent ten years knitting and when I tried sewing again it was intoxicating because it seemed so fast. A sewing project that takes a weekend might have once seemed intolerable to me but after spending a year or more working on a sweater it now seems speedy. This little "scrappy lone star" quilt is something I'm working on for myself, for a change. I almost never keep anything I make. I'm almost done with the quilt top on this. I'll probably finish it up tomorrow or the next day.
I recently decided to try doing crewel and got this lovely kit to give it a whirl. Because, you know, I really need another hobby. I'm really enjoying working on it and I'm honestly surprised at how well it's coming out. It's great to work on at night while I'm watching a movie or tv.
I've also been making it into the gym at least 3 days a week, when norovirus isn't getting in the way. I love it so, so much. It's still a little frustrating that I've lost so much in terms of strength and mobility since before I got pregnant. I'm getting there though!
I've also been making time to see friends and do fun social things at least a couple times a week.