Work Weekend

One of my motivations for participating in a year of making is to remind myself to take a moment every day, to make and think. I often listen to music as I sew, listen to an audio-book while I knit, or talk to the kids while I cook. But sometimes I find myself making in the quiet of my thoughts and those moments can be so calming and centering.

And so, for my first work weekend of the year, I made sure to take a moment to myself each day. That isn’t always easy and a 13-hour conference day certainly makes it difficult, but I took my socks on the trip—and I knit on them.

I had—perhaps too much—fun taking pictures of my progress with various beverages that I enjoyed on the trip. On the plane out, I managed to knit nearly a whole sock! Thanks, strong head winds: you made my hind end sore but gave me lovely sock time.

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At the hotel, I woke up a wee bit early to get some coffee and knitting time in and finished the first sock in short order:

And then, when the conference was over, I enjoyed an adult beverage or two and cast on the second sock:

The plane ride home was much shorter, but I managed to get a fair bit of knitting in—and earned the silver marathoner badge on Audible for listening for 5 hours straight!

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I did see another lady knitting, which is a pretty rare sight for me. I didn’t get the chance to ask her about it, but it was white and lacy and quite pretty. I love seeing folks making in public!

I am off today and have a lot of plans to make lots of things: finish these socks, start some kraut, maybe even a new notions pouch… We’ll see how productive I can be after a big travel day.


YoM day 13: Sock knitting

YoM day 14: Sock knitting

YoM day 15: Sock knitting—finshed the first sock!

YoM day 16: Sock knitting


Happy making to you!

Year of Making

A Year of Making

 

Last year around this time, I was inspired to choose a word to encapsulate a goal for myself for 2016. After a great deal of thought, I chose “make.” I chose make because that was what I wanted to do, I wanted to become more of a maker: to produce, to create. I feel that I achieved the goal I had in mind at the time. I finally knit 12 pairs of socks in a year, I canned something other than jam, and I made Christmas gifts for my siblings.

As 2016 draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about how to proceed. Whether to choose a new word or to continue with my word in a new way. I stumbled across an Instagram post tagged “yearofmaking” and that got me thinking. What would a year of making look like for me? I know that I would not be able to make something everyday, unless we start counting messes and spaghetti dinners. But can I work on a making project every day? I think so. I hope so.

Sweaters and shawls, quilts, canned goods, preserved goods, perhaps even bread. My goal is to put energy into a making project every day. Some days that will amount to a few rows on a sock, and that is ok. I plan to chronicle my progress here. I often see the sentiment that a year from now, you will wish you had started today. And so today, I will post this first post and knit on my sock and look forward to the promise of a new year.

2017 will be my year of making.