Move It Forward Monday -November 30, 2020
Today and every Monday we are going to connect with a project that has been waiting for you to touch it again. So this is not stash diving, its reconnecting with a project (UFO - unfinished object) that at the time it was started stirred some excitement and anticipation of how it would look when its finished. But somewhere between the initial excitement and image of the finish, we got tangled up in the pattern, got distracted by the next beautiful yarn offering or picture, or lets face it got tangled up in life.
So how do I reconnect?
Well, if you are like me, we seem to have project bags scattered about with yarn on the needles. When you start to count the number of those bags you are likely to start dreading this never-ending line but wait...pick 3 projects - random or whatever (maybe a simple straight knit, a challenge focus project like lace and cable and a small project e.g., socks?) These are the projects you are going to actually take out of the bag and look at critically today - its decision day (d-day).
What is decision day all about? Well, when you open the project bag, you will go back to the time when you first cast it on the needles and remember that bit of excitement that started. Was it the colours? Was it the design? See if there isn't just a little bit of smoldering embers that you can light that fire of excitement again. Ah yes, there it is. You know many of our projects are timeless, when they finish they were meant to finish and still look beautiful in their ending. So did all three projects get the same rating? Did one of them fall flat dead?
Deciding to let go. Yup, there is a moment where you chide yourself and go what was I thinking??? I firmly believe that you need to let this one go. Some projects will never get or are meant to finished. The love is gone so give yourself permission to let go. As knitters we are very lucky because we can tink or frog a project and redeploy that yarn elsewhere to something that gets us fired up. I think of other creative crafts where this is not the case, the die is cast...the fabric has been cut... Its okay, be good with it. There are so many other projects that we can touch that are warm and waiting to be fueled. If you think about it, all is really not lost. If the project was to be, it could be cast on again with vim and vigor at another time. Let go and be good with it.
Goal of 10 rows (rounds). So now that we have that project, some air has stirred those embers, we are going to challenge ourselves with just incrementally moving it forward. We have all heard the saying "How do you eat an elephant? Why one bite at a time of course! No different here. Go back to the journey and why you knit and recommit to this time for you. You decide what is incremental, 10 rows of the back of a sweater is doable and yay its done or it may be an intricate pattern so maybe today I find out where I left off, make a note of it and do only a couple rows. What matters its you have poured your creative energy there again and sparked the commitment to move it forward!
So my friends, move it forward if only by 10 and feel good about it. You are now on your knitting journey again and it feels great doesn't it. 👍
Will talk more about making notes next week...