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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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wysdom
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 08:50:48

    Ase! I am in your same boat. I get nothing done because I want to do all the things RIGHT NOW! LOL But I have decided to love on my bujo this year and really use it so that I can get all the things done — just not “right now!”… I too am doing a square a day for the entire year, but of course I’m knitting (mitered squares). It is the knit-a-long I’m running and we’re making a temperature blanket/afghan. It looks like you have a good plan for you to get things done, the key being that you know you can only do so much in one day. ❤

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    • TheForgottenMuse
      Jan 02, 2018 @ 14:58:30

      I can’t knit to save myself! Or maybe it’s perl? I don’t know. I just know I can sort of do one stitch but not the other LOL. I wish I could get the hang of it, so many lovely patterns and things I wish I could make. I am trying to get into BuJo-ing. Something where I can track things I want to keep my focus on. But I overwhelm myself with all the different ways of doing the same thing. Information overload. I’m just trying to learn to not be so mad at myself I don’t get something done “right now” yet at the same time, I don’t want to be sitting here on Dec 31 with nothing accomplished either. I need to find a balance and a rhythm I can be happy with.

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  2. Kate Dawson
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 14:45:31

    I just joined the 500 word challenge as well! I’ve been trying to do it on my own anyway, since my sister the writer tipped me off on the idea, but I’m going to be more disciplined about it. I also live in Idaho – woot!

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    • TheForgottenMuse
      Jan 02, 2018 @ 14:51:58

      Hi Kate! Woot woot – Idaho!!
      I think I intended to do it last year too, but for what ever reason it never got done. Hoping to change my writing habits this year (finally). Less talking about it and more doing it. As well as more making art.

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      • Kate Dawson
        Jan 02, 2018 @ 14:53:56

        Yes, the hardest part is overcoming Resistance, as stated in the War of Art. It’s hard for me to overcome the fear and anxiety before sitting down and actually writing. I’m working on it! I also have been focusing on creating this past year and want to continue this year strong.

      • TheForgottenMuse
        Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:00:46

        I have spent more time thinking about it instead of actually doing the creating. The fear and anxiety over creating something and worrying about what others might think is exhausting. Hoping I can let that all go and just do more of what makes me happy.

      • Kate Dawson
        Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:02:45

        Me too!

  3. Judith Liebaert
    Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:49:06

    I find crocheting granny squares to be meditative, like mandalas.

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