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Limits and structure

Early last week, my doctor put me on Tamiflu since one of my sons has had the flu -- his reasoning was that it would PREVENT me from getting the flu. I've taken it before, years ago, when I actually HAD the flu but I've never taken it when I was perfectly fine (and healthy). So I don't know if what happened in the middle of the night Friday night was related to Tamiflu, but I had a sudden fever and upper respiratory distress that ended up lasting through early this morning. Today, I can hardly talk and coughing is still painful. Enough whining though. I'm feeling better (no more fever) but don't try to call me right now because my voice is as good as gone.

Since I felt too awful to knit yesterday, I started going through my yarn stash to wind skeins of yarn and look over my knits-in-progress. I found some things I need to finish and rediscovered yarn that I'd purchased with projects in mind and now I need to rethink them. There were a handful of things in there I regret purchasing -- something from Suss in L.A., a few skeins of KnitPicks yarn, and two skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn purchased online. Even though my regretful things were few and not fatal, from now on I'm going to limit myself to yarn purchased at my local yarn store. Limits are good. Within the limits, I have plenty of freedom. And it just so happens, that's what works best for me.



I love that there are so many choices and sources for fiber, books and tools, but it can be incredibly overwhelming. I could easily waste the better part of a day just looking at knitting-related websites. When I limit myself to a handful of choices , it makes my life simpler. I know the telltale feeling I get when I'm overstimulated by too much and need a break. Time and money ill-spent has a momentum of its own but I can make a conscious effort to stop. Limits.

Since today was another sick day, I watched Lost in Translation, listened to quiet music and made some decisions. The Schaefer Anne in the first photo is for a pair of socks I'll knit for myself (I haven't decided on a pattern yet). I have a basket of sock yarn that I'm going to cull and will keep in there only the yarns I love. I don't need to be burdened with something that doesn't appeal to me. The point is to see the basket and be inspired. It's also a way to limit myself with regard to sock yarn acquisition. If my sock yarn basket overfloweth, I need to either use the yarn I have or get rid of it before I can buy more.

The Lucinda Guy book is one I probably wouldn't have chosen for myself, but Erica wants to knit the Fireside Blanket (she wants hers to be bright pink and green instead of the red/pink combo in the book). I spent some time flipping through the other cute patterns and am drawn to the cute knitted animals. If you look closely, you can see a few in the photo I took of the book cover.

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes for Erica. She'll enjoy reading them!


The Schaefer Anne yarn is beautiful. I have a similar skein except mine has blue-violets, not red-violets. I am curious to see what pattern you choose.

When I first started to blog last summer, I didn't know of many knit blogs. Then I found too many. So now, if I find a new one, I may go back a few times to see if I really like it, but I have whittled down to a core of blogs that inspire me and my knitting. I don't have to know what everyone is knitting!

I hope you and your family are rid of all flu and flu-like illness as soon as possible.

The Schaefer Anne is a really pretty color. Can't wait to see what sock design you go with.

I hope you're feeling better today - sounds pretty rough!

That Anne is completely gorgeous... I've been trying to be more focused in my yarn life, too - I have good days and I have bad days. :)

I have made that same resolution myself lately! Too often I buy yarn online that I *think* will work perfectly, and hey, it's on sale, so why not? Only to find out that it just doesn't FEEL right in my hands. So now, no more purchases online (unless I've already bought it and just need more).

(On a similar note, have you heard about 'The Compact'? Members are all about buying less, reusing more... I was thinking of trying it out, but I don't know if I could go a year without buying ANY new yarn!)

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Sorry you're feeling sickly! Tamaflu worked for me, but you were probably already coming down with it. The Anne is gorgeous and will be lovely socks! It's March 12 and I haven't bought any yarn yet this year (fiber doesn't count!).

So sory about the illness, and I do hope it goes quickly. Have you contacted the doctor to see if it was a result of the tami? The yarn is PRETTY, and can I say that "Fireside blanket" just SOUNDS cozy.

Hope you feel better soon...

and I'm so loving the colors of that yarn!

mmm. nothing like a handknit to keep you warm and toasty!

Ah, synchronicity. I, too, seem to have a stash of "Huh-why did this seem like a necessary purchase?" from online yarn purveyors, and I watched Lost In Translation, too. Hopefully, the lovely compositions in the film helped you come up with something interesting to do with that stash--or, at the very least, took your mind off of your illness.

I hope that you are feeling better soon!

this post and your newest have been very inspirational for me. I'm embarrassed to tell about the enormous stash that i've amassed. I was even thinking about releasing it (i love this term that you use), not to buy more, but to simplify my life. I am going to set myself some limits - in fact, I haven't bought anything knitting related in a LONG time (since December maybe? which is a LONG time for me) and I've let my subscriptions go. I'm only buying, from now on, what I DEARLY love.

Thank you for these wonderful blog entries and for being the beautiful person that you are.

p.s. i'm sick now, too. I don't think that it's the flu, but a bad cold which makes it hurt to play the violin.

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