Today is when we set our clocks ahead an hour, thereby losing an hour of sleep but gaining an hour of daylight. For me this means that spring is ever closer, and a quarter of the year is almost gone. I know, that will not be true until closer to the end of March, but time is certainly marching on. Taxes are soon going to be filed, the cat is going to the vet tomorrow, gardens need to be prepared, and it really needs to stop snowing. Thinking about all of this is giving me time to remember what the name of this blog is really about. It is too easy to take life very seriously, and think of things in a very linear way. Sometimes you need to think in ways that are A Little More Abstract, about life as well as craft.
February is always a bad month for me. The end of January was my parents wedding anniversary, February 21st was the closing of the 10th year since we lost my father. This is my first full year without my mother. March begins a new month, a fresh month, working our way toward spring. Lent is upon us, if you are Christian, so we begin a march toward Easter. The word ‘March’ in the phrases, “March toward Easter”, and “Time is Marching on” tend to bring the unfortunate connotation of drudgery. You think of an army slogging its way toward a battle, instead I think of a steady progression. When soldiers March they tend to do so with their heads held high, marching proudly toward their destiny, whatever that may be.
This is where my shift in perspective is coming into play. I need to figure out where my destiny is going to lay. These past 10 years working several part-time jobs and taking care of mom has been a wonderful learning experience. I have had the time as well as freedom to learn a lot about myself and what I am capable of in addition to some of my limitations. Now it is time for me to face what the spring and summer will bring. I know, this entire entry is a bit maudlin, but that is what this time of year does to me.
Yesterday I managed to wrap all of the warps for the shoelace weaving project I will be teaching tomorrow, put together a shelving unit for my studio when it is completed, and set up pans for the 12 stepping stones I hope to make out of cement. I intended to begin pouring the stones yesterday, but since the weather is supposed to get up to almost 50 by the middle of the week I decided to hold off on actually mixing and pouring the cement. I have the sand poured and the glass set, so it is just a matter of adding the cement and leaving them to harden. Hopefully things will be in good shape by Wednesday, when they are coming to install my new garage door, and Thursday when I hope to mix the cement. The decorations on these stones are pieces of glass, but I believe I will change that out for mosaic tiles or decorative stone for the actual class. The glass shards are too much of a liability to consider as a good solution.
I have completed 2/3rds of the Jimmy Beans Knitted Cowl and have begun the final third. It is actually my goal to have that knitted by the end of this week so that I can block it out and take a final picture for a blog post next week, fingers crossed. I have not make much progress on the second installment of the Crochet Pouf but that is going to be my second goal, I believe. This may get sidetracked depending on how complex the first installment of the Sherlock Afghan is on Saturday. I also have socks and dishcloths I am fiddling with, hopefully things will get past the stage of stitching into nothingness and some progress will be made.
So that is the end of it for now. Shifting time, shifting perspective, and a shifting list of priorities. Learning more about myself and what I can do, playing with cement is new, and reminding myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. So until next installment.
Keep crafting and remember to keep your life a little more abstract.