Monday, January 4, 2010

Baptism dress

100_2352, originally uploaded by drlafall.

Here is the back of the dress, I have just started the patterning for the bodice. This star pattern is a bit of a slog but I really like the way it looks. I got the back blocked yesterday and am hoping to block the front and sleeves on Friday for assembly saturday. Then I will finish right on time!

Also blocked is the February Fitted Sweater. When assembled it will be my first FO for the IntKnSweMoDo, if I don't count the Baptism Dress. Im on a roll!

I missed a few other resolutions in my last post, nothing very exciting. The most important is that I will waste no more time on computer games. I probably used up hours of my life last year playing mind-numbing games. I don't feel too bad about it though because I think that time helped my brain process some of the emotional issues I have been trying to work through. Anyway, this resolution has freed up a lot of time, and I am going to make my goal of a knitted dress for E's baptism on Jan 10.

I started her dress on Dec 26. The pattern is not well written--for example, the schematic does not match the shaping of the pattern. I added extra length so that the dress will fall to her knees. I also added more shaping at the armhole and neck. The yarn is luscious--Blue Sky Alpaca Sport in a hot pink. Pic is in the next post

Saturday, January 2, 2010

It is the beginning of a new year and a full six months since my last post. At the begnning of each new year I do set some resolutions. It is sad to think that we make these resolutions and within months we have forgotten them and slipped back into our old patterns. Perhaps we set our sights too high.

This year I am going to try and stick to some realistic, achievable goals (at least I think they are achievable).

1. I will participate in the International Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathalon AKA IntKnSweMoDo. When I think about my stash of yarns and patterns as well as my WIPs, I could probably participate for two years and not exhaust my supplies. Anyway, it is a great motivator to get some things done.

2. I will get my candidate blue belt in jiu jitsu. This is going to take more consistent attendance in class and overcoming my discomfort. I am not quite sure why I want this so much. It seems the opposite of everything I am. Somehow though, when I am through with a class, I am charged and excited.

3. Find the joy in life every day. THis is my personal challenge. Living with a husband who frequently drinks to excess and is not much of a participant in our family or in our marriage is difficult. In order to get through it, my only choice is to focus on the good things and try to limit the impact on my daughter.

Okay, so I throw the last one in there, sort of out of the blue going from light-hearted to deadly serious. The thing is, I'm just trying to figure out how to survive this. It is certainly not the journey I thought I was on.

The last thing I need to figure out how to cope with is how I feel about K. Boy this really came from out of the blue and it took me a long time to realize what was going on. At first I just thought it was a case of hero worship. Then last summer I recognized the feeling. It has been over 20 years since I had felt this feeling. I never wanted to feel this again. It is too insane. Perhaps there is really no figuring to do. There is nothing to do about this, but try to let it fade away over time...yeah, like about 20 years!!