This winter has been frustrating. Frustrating because it’s so cold (-20 today) and the warmth of the woodstove beckons me like a lotus-flower of the ancient Greeks. I have not been to Yoga or Pilates in weeks; I have, however, been forcing myself to get outside a teeny tiny bit. The best excursion so far took us to the Ice Caves on Lake Superior. My daughter and I drove there last Tuesday and made a day of it. Here’s a picture at a wonky angle as 14-year-olds like to be off kilter.
It’s also been frustrating because I am trying valiantly to decrease wheat and sugar. It took a while to gather in all the supplies. It’s taking longer to convince my husband to stop bringing home bread, soda, and the occasional doughnut. And while I’m making moderate strides in changing how we put our menus together, I’m also constantly thinking about food – not the desire of it, but the composition of it.
Because decreasing or eliminating wheat and sugar means you pretty much have to MAKE 90% of your food, which isn’t so terrible except when there are 900 other tasks to be done or places to go. It’s coming together, but the frustration lies in the 1-step forward, 2-steps back progress I’ve been making. I’ve been reading a lot of Maria Mind Body Health to try to keep up with foods besides eggs, salads, and meat proteins. She’s hardcore, but her baking recipes are pretty good.
And lastly, I’m stuck in a time when projects just don’t seem to be coming together. I have about 12 that are almost finished, but I haven’t been enthusiastic about just wrapping them up. I blame Noyaux.
I played along with the Ravellenic Olympic games, but a couple of “penalties” i.e. “unraveling” stopped me from completing before the closing ceremonies. I unraveled once because the decreases on this project are a bitch. Sorry about the vulgarity there, but damn those decreases. I strayed from the instructions and eventually just did my own thing as per other knitters who gave suggestions on their own Noyaux projects.
The second time I unraveled was when I came to the realization that I wouldn’t ever wear this project as a dress. With the color, the pattern, and the weight of the yarn, I knew I had to turn it into a tunic, so I unraveled a large portion AGAIN. The good news is that I’ve barely unraveled the front because I learned from knitting the back. I’ve been almost exclusively knitting this project, and it does feel good to be so close to the end, though admittedly there’s a small cloud of frustration because it’s keeping me from other projects to finish up as well.
Like these Skyp socks that are almost done.
And this hat that ran out of yarn – will be buying more this Saturday.
And this Poppy hat that turned out enormous and I’m going to try to felt.
And then this – my Northern Lake quilt that needs to be quilted yet (I’m kinda in love with it).
But it has a few weak sport that need some hand-stitched reinforcements:
Hopefully one of these days I’ll have a post chock full of finished projects . . . because it’s a sure way to kick frustration to the curb (that and the weather will soon be in the balmy teens!).