On Thursday, when I wrote about my ‘intentions’ for this year, I mentioned that I’d decided to spend some time finishing incomplete projects before starting any more and promising to report back. I’ve only taken a few, faltering steps so far ~ but the longest journey and all that. And, after the first one, I’ve found it gets easier ~ so here we go:
I’d like to develop my free form knitting and crochet techniques, rather than turning my stash of strips and squares into throws ~ I’ve been doing that for some time, investigating the effects of different stitches, weights and textures. So, once I’d published the post, I picked up a Scrumble, a box of motifs I’d made earlier, another containing odds and ends of yarn and a medium~sized crochet hook.
I soon found out why this particular piece had been consigned to the Un~Finished Object pile. Without forward planning and with no particular end result in mind, progress has been slow and challenging.
So, whilst I’ll continue working on it when the mood takes me, I’m going to read up on how to map out a design and practice doing that. Only then will I decide what I’d like to make and in which colour palette. I’ve loads of stockpiled fibres to choose from.
Many moons ago, when I traveled long distances in the course of my job, I dreamed up a children’s story ~ taking inspiration from the countryside through which I was driving; names on signposts, trade vans etc. and anything else interesting en route. When I visited my mother, who was becoming unwell, I’d tell her the latest instalment and, chipping in with helpful suggestions, she encouraged me to write it all down.
At home I would scribble pages of notes ~ but didn’t start writing in earnest until after she died. When we moved to the Island, I took a couple of courses, joined a writing group and began my ‘novel’ in earnest. My word~count had surpassed 17,000 when a computer crash jettisoned them into a cyberspace black hole. Yes, I know I should have backed up my work. But, if I’m honest, the magic wasn’t happening and ~ once I’d recovered from self~recrimination ~ I was genuinely quite relieved.
I made several, (unsuccessful) fresh starts, before shelving the entire project when the characters stopped speaking to me. Which was fine ~ their silence allowed me to concentrate on writing poetry, short stories and blogs. But, a little more mature, they are once again becoming vocal, so I’ve been re~connecting by jotting down rough notes and brainstorming some of the key elements I’d like to include.
I don’t know, at this stage, whether I’ll ever get to ‘The End’ and be happy ever after ~ I haven’t even typed ‘Chapter 1’ underlined yet, or dug out out my research and course notes to remind myself how it’s done. But I’ve made a halting start to get inspiration flowing ~ ironically it was strongest when I had a full~time career and was really busy. After a fallow period my days are beginning to fill up again, so I’m hopeful (and willing)……We’ll see.
I’ve dragged a bin~bag full of waste materials from under the stairs and plan to make picture frames from some empty (however did that happen?) chocolate boxes. I’m not sure what I’ll place in them ~ maybe some of those ready~made scrumbles?
Whilst snapping the above photo on iPad, I realised that I’d never posted a pic of the sun garden ornament that I originally started the summer before last. So here it is, finally finished. Severe weather warnings have decreed that I hang it indoors for the time being. It’s not robust enough to survive the lashing rain and high winds, which have been battering our shores for a while.
So that’s it. My first ~ somewhat limited ~ progress report.
I’ll let you know how I get on! 😉