Saturday, August 28, 2010

Knitting with Pigskin

Not literally of course (that would be gross). However, it is that time of year. The time of year when kids go back to school, the time of year where vacations come to an end, but most importantly the time of year for FOOTBALL!

Preseason games have been going for weeks now and the start of the regular season is just around the corner. For me this means a time of knitting while watching games on a Sunday afternoon. In my house I am the football fan and my daughter is following in my footsteps (although her reason for liking the team she does is the animal they are named after . . .currently she is a Dolphins fan).

I look forward to spending my Sundays parked on the couch knitting needles in hand. I am going through my stash and my queue of projects on Ravelry in anticipation of this joyous time.

This weekend poses a dilemma for me. I have quite a bit of free time and I am having trouble deciding between knitting and preparing for my fantasy football draft which is happening Monday. (So of course I am currently doing neither by writing this post.) Both activities are very fulfilling, but only one of them affords me control over the outcome.

Knitting while watching football keeps me in a place of zen. I am far less irritated by bad calls and even worse plays. When something in the game is frustrating, I simply refocus on my projects. Of course, because my focus is split while the games are on, I have to be very careful with the projects I choose to undertake. The patterns need to be difficult enough to keep me interested in them, but not so difficult as to force me to stare at them while I am working and possibly miss a pivotal play. Tough choices ahead, indeed.

As for this weekend, I shall be splitting my focus. A little knitting followed by a little player research. Hopefully, by the end of the weekend this will mean that I have even more done on my husband's sweater and I will have developed a solid drafting strategy.

Either way, I know I'll enjoy my time.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Good Intentions

You know what they say about good intentions . . .well, they don't really mean that anything will happen.

OK, so it has been over a year since I have posted anything. I can freely admit that, like most people that attempt to blog, I am horrible about regular updates (and that is a bit of an understatement).

I had to give up knitting again due to an injury (though that is not the reason for the time between posts) and then I was sidelined again with a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am just now finding my way back to my projects and my stash. Somehow, and I really don't know how, I found the will power to keep my stash from growing larger while I wasn't able to knit.

I am now in the middle of knitting the Avast sweater for my husband. I started the sweater in October with every intention of having him be able to wear it during the cold months . . .this past winter. I was only able to complete the first part of the body and part of one sleeve before my right hand gave out on me again. Oh those good intentions.

May was the first time I have knit anything since December. I found that as long as I wear stress gloves, knit very slowly and take breaks every 10-15 minutes I can knit for a couple of hours pain free.

I also took some time away from my husband's sweater to knit a baby blanket for a dear friend. I wanted to honor her Irish heritage so I found a Celtic knot pattern to incorporate into the blanket. This beautiful knot turned an otherwise simple and ordinary blanket into something personal and special.

I am now back to the sweater with every intention of finishing it in the next couple of weeks. (There are those darn intentions again.) I'm on the second sleeve (really wishing I had knit them both at the same time) and everything after the sleeves should go fairly quickly.

Since I now live in a home with air conditioning, I predict that even in the hottest days coming up I will be able to spend time knitting. I just have to remind myself to take it easy and not push it. After all, only being able to do a little knitting a day is certainly better than not being able to knit at all.