Friday Gauge Check: Before it Gets Better…

Friday means it’s time for our Friday rituals, the ceremonies of escorting one week out and preparing the next one. Which, around here, is the Gauge Check, where I take a look at my week and figure out where I’ve come from and where I’m going. Sometimes there are goals, sometimes I just talk about what’s going on in my life and my crafting. You are all welcome to join in in the comments.

Well, I’m still employed.  I went into work on Saturday and discovered that my new schedule had been approved, effective immediately.  Saturday I worked, Sunday I had off, and Jack and I went down to the Lan Su Chinese Garden for their New Year festivities.  It’s the second time we’ve been down there, and each time I am newly amazed.  The garden itself is the size of a city block, about 40,000 square feet, but it feels much bigger inside.  It’s also full of nooks and crannies, which means that even though the place was crowded, there were still quiet spaces to enjoy.  There was an impressive amount of green, considering that it was February, and I can’t wait to go back in the spring.

Also there were lion dances!  In one of them, two of the lions (a team of two) were “playing,” which involved wandering through the crowd and climbing the waterfall onto the roof of the tea garden.  Considering the costume, it was a fairly impressive feat.

I had all sorts of plans for this week, starting with getting the apartment clean, and including all sorts of craft projects.  While I can’t say that I failed outright, I definitely didn’t get as much done as I wanted to.

The thing about stress is that when it builds up, it doesn’t magically dissipate once the cause of stress is removed. I’ve been under a lot of stress, with the job and the schedule – I’ve told you all of this in doubtlessly exhausting detail.  Apparently my body decided that since the source of the stress has been removed – or at least greatly reduced – now was a perfect time to have a panic attack.  For the better part of two days.  Let me tell you, if you’ve never had a panic attack, it feels like you’re going to die.  I can see why people end up in the emergency room with them.  Also, if you have a panic attack, I hope you have a partner as supportive as mine.  He told me not to worry about getting anything done this week, just to take it easy and do what I could.  Incidentally, spinning is very good for high-level anxiety.  It won’t cure a panic attack in process, but I’m convinced that it stopped one.

I managed to get the Christmas stuff packed away (don’t judge), the stack of framed art hung (my bird collection is now on the wall!), and the laundry put away.  There was a little cleaning, too.  It wasn’t as much as I wanted to get accomplished, but it made the energy in here feel so much better.

Randomly, here’s another picture from the New Year festivities.  The lion was coming through the crowd, I turned around to get a picture of it and ended up mostly getting a shot of the back of Jack’s head, in the Turn a Square hat.  I also made the mitts he’s wearing; they’re yet another version of the Merrymeeting Mitts, these made from handspun I picked up at the Arizona Renaissance Festival last year.

Craftwise, I finished the hat I was test knitting (it’s very cute), got some actual pictures of finished projects up on Ravelry, and made a tote bag for my mom.  Sewing!  I really like it!

When I was learning to weave, it felt familiar.  My teacher asked me if I’d ever done it before, which, to my knowledge, I hadn’t.  I struggled with crochet, with knitting, and (a lot and still) with spinning, but weaving was second nature.

Sewing is a lot like that.

My sewing is far from perfect, and I’m sure anybody who had been doing it for any length of time could tell I was a beginner, but the mechanics of doing it are so intuitive for me. (Watch, I’m going to turn around and run into something that’s going to drive me straight up the wall now.  It will probably involve curves. Curves are my nemesis.)

At this point, I’ve made a pincushion, an ebook cover, and a tote bag.  I think I’m ready to move into a very basic garment.  Suggestions? Recommendations? Things to avoid?

The Sneaky Mountain shawl, all blocked and with the ends woven in, is my new favorite thing to wear.  Not only is it pretty, the garter stitch makes it cozy, all smooshy and warm.  If you’re looking for a new project, you could do worse than a garter-stitch shawlette.

My new project this week will be the Through the Woods cowl, now that the hat is done.  There will also be more rounds on the sock, some kind of sewing project, and baking.  I’ve been considering bread.  Also spinning.

That’s my week!  What have you been up to?

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~ by Amber on February 10, 2012.

4 Responses to “Friday Gauge Check: Before it Gets Better…”

  1. If it’s any consolation, the shot I was taking of the lion in that shot came out great. 😉

  2. For garments, I’d say start with anything that doesn’t have a zipper, to begin with? Also don’t start with spandex stuff, like I did, since I hated myself I guess. I think a simple skirt might be a good start, and I know you like skirts.

  3. I can’t get over how bright your days are and how pretty the pictures are. I’m also very happy that you got your schedule approved. You’re a wonderful, creative person and it’s good to see you being happy.

  4. Curves are so bad. I had to play with the tension and feet on my machine to finally get curves down. And I’m sure my things don’t look the best. Though I have to admit I go for rugged function when I make things, so the seams can get unwieldy–but they will survive the apocalypse! 😀

    Glad you got your schedule approved.

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