Thursday, January 03, 2013

Follow Through

One of the biggest lessons I'm learning is follow through.  I know it sounds childish in some ways, but as crafters, we sometimes have a tendency to get sidetracked, and have lots of UFOs hanging around.
My very own Mallory
I finished a Mallory for myself, just a couple of days after Christmas.  I really wanted one, after making 2 for gifts, and although it's a bit wider than those, I love it.  I made it wider on purpose.

Gemini - In Progress

Lacy Back - or Front!
Here's my TV knitting - my Gemini.  I started this before the holidays, in November.  I'm about 12 inches into the body, and when I try it on, it fits nicely.  Of course, it's a long way from being done.  I realized as I started pulling out the yarn for this sweater that I have A LOT of it.  So, I think I'm going to make it long-sleeved.  Or at least 3/4 length.  It makes more sense when it's cold to have a nice sweater.  I actually don't have that many of them.

In keeping with the theme this year of "following through," I hope to post more pictures of finished objects.  I'm trying not to procrastinate on finishing things.  I have a bad tendency, like most people, of putting undesirable tasks off, lamenting how horrible it is, or how long it will take, when in reality, it won't take very long, and if I'd stop complaining about it, I could be done with it already.  In the words of Lewis Caroll in Alice in Wonderland, "She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it)."  So, it's time I take my own advice, and changed the way I thought about things.

Trying to be better than you are is hard work.  It's always an uphill battle, although it's an admirable goal.  Anything worth anything is worth fighting for, and being a better person is always a fight.  "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." James 1:2-3.  These are my verses for the year.  Words to live by - I am trying to find the joy in my trials, and get the promised steadfastness.  It's sure to make for an interesting journey - would you like to come along?

1 comment:

Jolie said...

Yes, I'm very much into UFO recovery right now. Trying to clean out and clean up the house. It is amazing how many half-finished projects can accumulate. I'll be attempting to practice steadfastness in 2013.