In my last post I mentioned getting my life back in order, a task made particularly exciting with the help of the schnazzy 2018 planner I received for Christmas. I recognize that an analog day planner is a little archaic in the age of iPhones, but I've always been a really tactile person and there's something about having your schedule laid out in front of you and customizing it exactly how you like that can't be replicated with a digital screen. And I'm not alone in this, apparently there's an entire community of likeminded weirdos. With the help of monthly reviews, weekly goals, and plenty of customizable brainstorming space, the Passion Planner "helps people break down their long and short term goals into more actionable steps and gives them a place to incorporate these steps into their daily lives". For me, this planner is a way to hold myself accountable. For various reasons since grad school (usually work-related reasons), it became increasingly difficult to carve out time for creative pursuits. This blog was intended as a way to combat that and if you look at my shoddy posting past, it hasn't always been effective. So hopefully this planner will give me the kick in the pants necessary to dive back into the world of art making and blog posting. Time will tell!
It's the first week of January and we've already seen record breaking low temperatures and a Bomb Cyclone... I'm still not sure what that even means exactly, but I'm intimidated by it. So we're off to a frigid start, but now that we've transitioned from unthinkably mind numbing temps to run of the mill bone chilling temps I thought I would end my unannounced (and unplanned) hiatus. The cold weather tends to fuel my yarn habit so I had several projects in the works during my time away. Hot off the needles is what I consider a pretty notable knitter milestone, my first pair of gloves! Not only that, but cabled and fingerless with a mitten flap. This was no minor undertaking. Admittedly, I became a little obsessive with them. The pattern is broken down into small manageable sections which sounds nice, but the sense of accomplishment I felt from completing one section meant that when I sat down to "just finish the thumb" the next time I glanced at the clock six hours had passed. Probably not the healthiest way to approach this project. Once finished they were quickly shipped off to Philadelphia so the satisfaction was short lived anyway. Something very cool I picked up from this pattern was how to knit using two pairs of circular needles rather than four double pointed needles (a technique I have yet to attempt and probably never will now that dual circular needles are in my wheelhouse). You can find the London Eye Glittens pattern I used on Ravelry (my go to source for patterns) and a tutorial on knitting with two circular needles here (a game changer if you ever make gloves or socks and even great for decreasing stitches at the top of a hat). Now that these glittens are gone (and with the help of my fancy new planner) I can work on putting my life back together. It's a struggle, but I'm just taking it one day at a time.