I’m gleaning from the comments that there is some concern about my mental well-being as it relates to creative work. Never fear, my pile of hand work is nearly as large as the pile of clothing and toiletries for the next two months until we arrive in Hawaii (the nine crates will take three to four months to arrive, Monday’s predicted half-crate will take six to eight weeks, the kids and I will fly in July with a suitcase and carry-on each and our cat).
Last night I sewed the binding and label on the Disappearing Nine Patch charity quilt and will give it to the Quilted Chaos group in a week or so. I have some appliqué for my son set aside, plus I can continue hand quilting my oldest WIP or the most recent roots quilt, or go embroidery crazy on Dijanne’s forest fabric. Due to space restrictions, a few of these will be packed up on Monday to be shipped via airplane (as opposed to everything else that went via boat), but I’m not without something to work on.
During last week’s frenzy, I found that Mason-Dixon’s Ballband “warshrags” were the perfect project, not only for avoiding work to be done, but for occupying me while things are out of my hands. They could be stopped and started easily, the pattern is easy to memorize, they are small, I can justify using them in the new house, and best of all — the cotton yarn is nice and cool on a hot day.
And then I was inspired by the pot holder weaving my daughter was making. After many stops and starts (bad cast-ons and do I knit the whole thing back and forth or do I knit each quarter as a separate entity?) this is my knit version. It happily occupied me for two days and although it’s no example of great knitting, it will more than suffice in the kitchen sink.
Once I used up all my cotton yarn on three Ballband, and one pinwheel wash cloths, plus the one Ballband I made last summer, I found these which I really like. Not that I need any more projects to carry around, but Purl’s Wedding Washcloths could almost force me to go buy more yarn. One can always use more wash cloths, right?