I’m having a bit of a wobble with my word right now. Nothing major, and yet I still feel myself veering off-course. I started knitting again earlier this month and immediately felt the pull to hunt down my next 20 projects, buy a ton of yarn for all of my future projects, plan a trip to Rhinebeck in the fall, dust off my sewing machine, buy lots of new patterns and start printing them out, scatter them all around the basement, pick out fabric at Joann’s… did that sentence feel overwhelming and a little manic to you? Because that’s exactly how I feel on the inside.
I was hesitant to add knitting back into the mix because it’s a gateway drug for me. I knew that I’d get out of control the second my needles clinked together. I needed a few reminders to stay grounded:
- One project at a time
- Buy patterns and supplies when I’m ready to start the next project, not (years) in advance
- No staying up until midnight for “one more row”
- It’s supposed to be fun
Feels elementary, doesn’t it? Setting these guidelines makes a world of difference for me. The hardest part has been keeping my sewing impulse in check. I know that sewing is too much for me, despite wanting a wardrobe full of handmade things. One example: I’ve been wanting a pair of overalls to wear out in the garden and with a cropped sweater that I’ve been contemplating (Ravelry link). I’ve been eying this pattern for the overalls (thanks to this fun inspiration from Kath @ Backstage Knits), but… it’s all too much.
I simplified my life by ordering a pair instead. Even though it’s fast fashion, factory farmed, and doesn’t fit into my idealized handmade wardrobe, I have to be honest with myself and honor my own ability to follow through. When I have too many possibilities (knitting, sewing, quilting, reading), then I get overwhelmed and do nothing but watch TV and that’s not where I want to end up.
This post exemplifies how I’m feeling right now: scattered and unfocused. It all leaves me feeling unsettled. I’m going to enjoy the Olympics for the next couple of weeks and hopefully come back feeling refreshed and refocused. On what? I’m reminded of this check-in post I wrote in May. This year I’d hoped to create an exercise habit, spend more time writing, and embrace the slow, so I’ll try to return there. My priority will be a daily activity for my health. After that, I’ll feel better about “indulging” in a good book or a knitting project. My most focused months this year have been March and June, which is when I put exercise time front and center. I think it’s time to go back to the basics!
How is your word of the year going? Have you experienced a wobble in your focus? Is there a certain time of year you feel yourself going off-track? I can’t wait to read all of your One Little Word blog posts!
I hope to be back tomorrow with an update on reading and knitting for the week. Take good care!