April 30, 2017

Books and The Board

This April is winding down with a cool and drizzly afternoon.  I've tucked in to review the focus board projects that I had hoped to complete by the end of the month.  Not as good of a run as my late winter list.  In fact, only one project has been worked to completion, a Dagorhir herald's surcoat which I hope to share photos of soon.

Two of the items, a second sewing project and a house project, have barely been touched.  Most likely they will push on ahead onto the late spring list where they will glare at me.  They are not my favorite things.  The second house project on my list, making my front lawn look more lawnish, has made it past the threshold of "good enough."  The territory claimed by weeds had been reduced from 75% to about 25%.  It still needs attention, but not enough to claim a spot on The Board.

The last two items, the novel and the knitting, fall into the I-should-have-known-better category.

It has been years since I have finished a novel, the last one being Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.  Not for the faint of heart.  This season I was going to "allow myself" the luxury of reading something for entertainment, and I ordered up my copy of Housekeeping, of which I have heard great things.  I made it about a quarter of the way through.  Maybe novel reading just isn't me anymore.  Instead, I have become absorbed in The Sacred Year picked up on a whim from a discount store.  This is probably one of the most thought-provoking and inspiring books I have read in a very long time.  Highly recommended.

...and last but not least: socks.  My first attempt at a sock made it to the third row before I realized that I had already screwed it up.  Oy vey.  Now I can understand why some sock projects take literal years to complete.  So the internal debate rages on as to whether it stays forever on The Board to nag me to completion, or it gets tossed aside, reserved as an in-betweener project.

So, I get to take three items (four?) off of The Board going into late spring.  This means, of course, that I get to add three new things to The Board, the best part.  I'm not sure how realistic any of this is, since late spring runs us right into Ragnarok.  I have hopes that this year's preparation will be much less frenetic than some previous years, so maybe?

Year-end at the school fellowship means our weeks will be peppered with school-related activities.  This coming week is the Spring Concert.  Like everyone else, I have been feeling restless in our school routine... tired of the books and worksheets, itching to get my hands dirty or do some exploring.  I'm not sure how long we are going to last.  Ah, spring. :)

April 24, 2017

Fingerless Mitts

The last time I dropped in to say hello, we were deep into the season of chilly and wet.  Now the climate is just about spring perfect; 71 degrees and clear at the moment.  Perfect weather for working out in the yard, which is good because our backyard grass is at least a foot tall in places.  The trees are leafing out, and budding.  The cherry trees are already in bloom.  In a few more weeks we will be past the last frost, and it will be garden time.

True to the season, the April calendar filled itself up with the spring social engagements and activities that pull us out of the inward focus of winter.  A few weeks ago my April was open, but looking now, nearly every day is penciled in.  If this year follows the usual rhythm, we can expect a good level of activity until the heat of late July pushes us indoors.

With the shift in energy, came a shift in focus.  I've been spending much less time in front of this screen, for both blogs and games.  These fingerless mitts were finished up about a month ago, as my last winter focus board project, just a few days past my equinox goal.  The fiber comes from the same skein as my recent hat project.  The pattern is from this book.  They are knit flat and then seamed opposite the thumb.  Believe it or not, I finished these just a few days before Amanda posted up a pair of her own.  They came out just on the small side for me, though they do have some good stretch.  Astrid seemed to think they fit her better, and was happy to assume ownership.  Part of the delay in posting about them was the fact that I didn't know where she had squirreled them away!

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