I find myself in what is probably an enviable position, of not knowing what to do next when it comes to crafting. Oh, it’s not that I don’t have lots of things I should be working on, more of what I want to work on.
I should be adding buttons to the Little Coffee Bean and Henry cardigans I made for the babies. Considering I knitted them back in the spring, long before the twins were born, they definitely need their buttons, especially since the twins have doubled their weight in the past two months and have already outgrown so many of their clothes. Plus it’s winter so warm woolies are always good to have on hand. It’s just finding and deciding upon big enough buttons that will work for the cardis that is causing me problems.
I should be finishing off the socks I started for my hubby. They were originally supposed to be a birthday present for him. His birthday is tomorrow. And while the heel has been turned and I’m only halfway up to the cuff (it’s a toe-up sock pattern) but after picking them up and working on a few rounds last night I realized I’m burned out of knitting, especially with thin wool/needles. (Sorry, hubby, but you’ll get them eventually.)
I should be working on finding a stiffener and finishing off the crocheted snowflakes. I want them done before we put up the Christmas decorations at the start of December.
I should be quilting/layering the growth panel I bought for the twins. My sewing machine is working perfectly, so I have no excuse. Oh, wait, maybe I do — I still have to decide upon a fabric for the back. I don’t think the blanket-type stuff I originally thought I’d use really looks right. Again, they’re over two months old now, so it’s already late and I’m not sure I may have already missed too much time. Maybe I’ll finish it and send it to my friend in Texas for when her baby is born next spring. (Pretend you didn’t read this, Tabby!)
I could be making more fleece animal hats for the babies — but have I already made them too many? I gave them about a dozen knit hats at the baby shower, some of which they have already grown out of. And I’ve sewn about four fleece animal hats for them already in the past couple of weeks. *drums fingers* I have no idea how many they’ll actually wear before spring is here, and whether whatever I make will just end up in the “donate” pile. Which is fine, but is it a waste of time making too many things for the babies?
Also I need things I can work on in my lap in the evenings while watching TV with hubby, so projects involving the sewing machine don’t really fit on the list. I started a scarf to donate a couple weeks ago, but again, I’m really burnt out on knitting, so that’s ended up shoved in a project bag waiting as I decide whether to frog it completely or complete it next year some time.
I’ve finished crocheting a Santa Gonk for the twins, but I am not inspired to make other figures at this stage. It’s not like the twins will be aware of Christmas this year. And my son and daughter-in-law’s house is about 800 square feet, so they don’t have room for a lot of ornamental clutter.
I’ve been doing some doodling (unofficial zentangling, though without the zen part of it) and that’s working out okay. I still have a lot to practice. My hands aren’t exactly steady, and drawing curves that mimic each other is a special talent that I find difficult to master. But it’s fun too. Especially as I learn how shading can really turn a flat design until it has an almost 3D rounded appearance. (I was never good in art at school. It’s all new to this old lady.)
My main issue is that there are so many freaking patterns I spend hours (literally) trying to decide which design to put into a one section. The issue for me is finding what design works for a ribbon-like space vs a filler space vs floral, etc. I am starting to think I need a set of gaming dice or some random pattern chooser. Except that means I’d need a definitive list to choose from, and though there are several sites that do list tangle step-outs, I’d rather have something at hand rather than having to resort to spending hours online trying to find the design.
Maybe I need to create my own list of favourite patterns and organize them into a binder. Which would give me something to do, I suppose.
Still, it is interesting to realize that I have so many crafts on the go all of a sudden. Which works considering I’m never one to sit with my hands idle. Except I’m never any good at actually making decisions about what to work on next…