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!