When Knitting & Life Conflict…

I haven’t done a great job of writing for my site this month.  It hasn’t been terrible, I just haven’t met my personal goals.  I have my reasons.

I’m moving.

Sounds like a good enough reason all by itself, right?  Well, I own my house, so I have to find a realtor, get it listed, finish packing, sell my house, find a new place to live and move into it in a timely fashion.  My daughter lives with me, so the new place has to meet her very specific needs as well as mine, which are more modest, (if I do say so myself!)  😉

Finding the time and energy to knit in the midst of all this change is not easy.  The good news is that, thanks to my yarn storage system, the vast majority of my yarn is already packed.  The bad news is that I really have too much yarn.

Knitting is known for its meditative & calming qualities, but I find there’s a threshold.  If I’m too stressed, knitting is NOT going to happen.  Sticking to a routine is the best way to reduce my stress & enable me to knit.  A routine while moving? Hmm…

Heat waves don’t help.

First there’s the logistics of trying to get my outdoor stuff ready for moving – a challenge all by itself when you add in uncooperative weather.  Then there’s the unpleasantness of working with warm, fuzzy yarn in steamy, hot weather.

I don’t have central air & my poor portable air conditioner is only able to take the edge off the heat and humidity.  What can I say?  I never expected to have so many 90+ days to deal with.

Then there’s my dog.  I love her, but her need for snuggles, no matter the temperature, is a problem.  Even in good weather, knitting around her can be a challenge.

One day at a time, one stitch at a time.

With all this going on, I have to ask myself:  what do I want to do with my limited time?

I am grateful for the upcoming changes in my life.  I’m sure that we’ll be happier & better off once the transition is done.  The only way out is through.

I’m looking forward to having the time to relax and enjoy the colors and texture of my yarn and the progress of my projects.  I’m looking forward to having a new (to me), beautiful, healthy home.  Eyes on the prize, always.

For the time being, I’ll be focusing on shorter posts that, hopefully, give helpful, bite-sized knitting info for all of us beginning and still beginning knitters.

Stay cool.  Drink plenty of water.  Notice the small good things in your life.

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