.... and two steps back. Rather than saying I'm not making progress, I guess you could say that I'm dancing.
(Hey, that sounds like something I should put on an inspirational poster!)
A couple of weeks ago I made a few goals public. Under the impression that internet shaming might help me change my behavior. Hah!
For example, I vowed to finish the two pairs of socks I had in progress. Well, I finished one pair and made significant progress on the other. But, of course, I succumbed to the lure of some Malabrigo sock yarn I found while on the road and promptly cast on another pair. Net result: two socks in progress. (Well, bright side: two socks in progress + one finished pair. That sounds better.)
I think it is time to accept that things are what they are....
However, there's a big however: John and I got rid of a full bookshelf's worth of books! 21 linear feet. Some to be sold, some to be donated. What a huge relief! I love books, but sometimes enough is enough, and my bold statements about decluttering and making space for new things in your life are not just theoretical.
Several people at Knitting Camp had taken my 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle Workshop last year, and they brought their projects for me to see! The tam and swatch above were knit by Susan Beard. She found the motif in Tone Takle and Lise Kolstad's More Sweaters (one of my favorite books!)--the tam uses the same motifs as the swatch, with the natural descreases creating a brand new design.
Renate Baur had finished the body of her sweater, a play on greens and pinks:
I am looking forward to seeing how she handles her sleeves and bands. We had an impromptu steek tutorial and she cut her knitting for the first time!
Reminder: I'll be teaching a 1-day Color in Fair Isle in Berkeley on August 15th. Write me for details.
Last Saturday was my birthday! We celebrated by going out to breakfast and then taking a short hike along the ocean (from Rockaway Beach in Pacifica to Linda Mar Beach, over Pedro Point). I'm so very grateful for my health, my family, and the beauty all around!
And for you, dear readers! I plan to update on the bullet journal and the hap-afghan really soon, but let's get this entry published!!!