I am actually going to have to re-think how I spend my days. Since I’m working with Judith now on her next book, I really have to treat that as a regular, at least part-time, job. Which is a discipline I haven’t had to engage in since, oh, a long time now.
Currently, I keep getting to the end of my days and feeling like nothing got the amount of attention that I wanted. And I keep realizing that I should have spent more time on book stuff, and I let it get run over by other things.
So I need to try harder to make the book priority one, but at the same time, to keep good progress going on all my other crafts. I’m thinking of implementing “days” – as in, a Knitting Day, a Stitchery Day, a Quilting Day. Beyond other obligations, like the book, each day has a specific craft that I focus on, and hopefully, feel like I make noteworthy progress at.
Maybe this way, I’ll actually even get back to the spinning again. Or the needlepoint. Or the cross stitch. Or…
So What Was Yesterday?
Clearly, Thursdays need to be a Knitting Day, since that’s the night we go Knitting Around at Panera. True, I can take any portable craft I want to. But mindless knitting works so well for sitting in a group and chatting.
Like last night, for instance. I took along the first sock of Gryphon’s next pair, and made this progress:
I made sure Gryphon saw this after he came home from work, and he likes how the Trekking XXL is knitting up. I think there may be more Trekking in our future.
I Didn’t Have Enough To Do, Right?
Look what came in the mail today. A kit for a new-to-me craft, called PixelHobby. The basic idea is that you start with these clear plastic baseplates, with little tiny pegs all over them in a grid pattern. You lay these over a printed pattern that tells you where to place the pixels – tiny pieces of soft plastic, in different colors, which fit over the pegs. As you add more pixels, the image builds, until you finally have a picture.
Or a piece of one, at least. Each baseplate is 4 x 5 inches, and most designs use multiple baseplates. You work them individually, then you use clear tape on the back to fasten them together and make your picture. Many of the designs are photo-realistic. The particular kit I purchased isn’t, but it’s still a nicely detailed piece.
One of the nice things about this is that Gryphon and I will both be able to work on this project together. The baseplates, as I said, are worked separately, and the charts for each section are separate. So we can each fill in our own share of baseplates, and put the whole together for a truly collaborative project.
For the future, I’m looking to an alternative to buying a pre-made kit. PixelHobby also offers free software that you can download and use to create your own kits from any photographs or artwork you want. They’ll calculate for you how many of the sets of pixel tiles you need, how many baseplates, and offer you a quote. What a great idea! I’ve got my eyes on some photos of the rats, and one or two of Gryphon, and a few of other family members…
Well, that’s all for now. It’s running late, and I need to get to work on stuff for the book. Then I have to decide what “Day” Fridays are, so I know what I’m crafting later…
Have a great weekend!