Welcome To 2018

Well first….HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I managed to make it long enough to watch the Potato Drop. That’s what they do in Idaho.  Soon after I fell asleep.

I ended the year with thoughts and hopes of what I want for the new year. I saw a post a couple of weeks ago that suggested writing a letter to yourself that you would read at the end of the year.  So I did that. I might write myself another and put them together when I’m not in pain and I can focus better on what I want to say to myself. I was starting to feel a little better earlier this afternoon, but the pain is starting to flair up again so I don’t think I will be sitting here at the computer much longer.

I had planned to get some writing done today, but it looks like all I get done is the blog post.  Jeff Goins has a challenge to write 500 words a day. And of course there was the 85k90 that I talked about in the previous post that is just short of 1,000 words a day. I still have not decided on what I want to write about though.  So any writing I do is a good thing, especially when the pain is so bad that sitting actually hurts.

I think I discovered one of the things that triggers me into not living a creative life. I overwhelm myself with ALL THE THINGS. Okay for instance, I wanted to write and I wanted to work on creating my Wish-Intention-Dream Box, I wanted to go out and do some camera play (but cold + pain = hell no), then I wanted to start on 100ish today by learning to finally make a Granny Square.  And so many other things I wanted to cram into the day.  Because you know….DO ALL THE THINGS! And then I froze, I didn’t know where to start, what do I do first, I can’t possibly do everything I want to do.

That’s when it hit me, the overwhelming sense of I would be a failure if I don’t make all the things and do all the things and write all the things. So then I am quick to just throw in the towel before I ever get started because I already feel like I failed.

So I decided to work on the box first. I chose some colors and put a coat on the top. While waiting for that to dry and thinking if I want to make the bottom the same color or not, I went to look up how to make a Granny Square. You see there is a year long project by the lovely Jeanette House. You make one square a day for the whole year. Easy peasy, right? Wrong!

You see, the Granny Square has been my crochet nemesis since I first learned to crochet when I was 11 years old. SO…for 37 years this thing has tormented me. Because anytime I would try to make one, my square quickly turned into a ball which then became the cats toy. I tried on and off for years to master it without any luck. So to the Google I went. Most things I found were so complicated and detailed. I finally found (or so I thought) an easy to follow tutorial.  I got the base and the first round done, but the second and third rounds started making my square into a bowl. And for the life of me I couldn’t figure out where my mistake was. I reread the instructions, examined the photos closely but I was still lost.

I unraveled my now bowl and started again, thinking my error was in my starting chain. As I went into my second round, the same problem occurred. I took a picture, posted to the group, but it was hard to tell where I might have messed up. Jeanette pointed me in the direction of YT and vlogger who has some beginner videos up. With that I found where my mistake was. I wasn’t completely understanding the written directions of the one I originally found. But by watching Bella Coco’s video, I only had to unravel to the first round and start from there. At the end of the video I finally completed my very first ever Granny Square!

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My Very First Granny Square #100ish #mydailygranny

I have since watched another video of hers for a different beginner square and I have successfully crocheted it too. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!!  So I can look behind me at the basket of yarn and think of all the squares I can make. Or I can finally finish making boot cuffs that I was supposed to make 2 Christmases ago. Or I can finally finish my daughter’s Slytherin style scarf that I have only started maybe 9 years ago. Now, of course they don’t all take Granny Squares but these are projects that have been sitting in a basket or tote and not getting done. Before I buy anymore yarn, I want to try and use up what I do have. I have enough to fill a good size Rubbermaid tote!

I now have a couple of my smaller journals, Stabilo markers, and my Portfolio pastels sitting by my computer desk to work in when inspiration strikes.  So at least I have started the year off creatively. Let’s hope I can keep it that way.

Tomorrow’s plan: Make another Granny Square or two, search Google for the Luna Lovegood scarf pattern (I think I lost the one I had, if I find it maybe I can finish it too), look for my HP scarf pattern so I can get the rows done right, get some pages set up in my bullet journal. And if I can decide, maybe even get some writing in.

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