Monday, November 21, 2011

Polishing Off the Projects: The Log Cabin Blanket

Log Cabin Blanket
Knit with yarn left over from Knit for Kids sweaters

A couple of weeks ago I woke in the night to a feeling that I hadn't experienced since retiring: I was worried about getting through all the stuff that I needed to do. I had made promises to other people and to myself and was feeling pressured about getting things done. 

In the morning, I glanced at my horoscope and this is what I saw: 

"You have a lot to get done, but you will get it done. 
Simply focus on one project after another."

Well! I never look at horoscopes, let alone let them guide my days, but this one was just perfect. Never mind that it could apply to anyone, especially during the holidays when we all feel a little pressure of one sort or another. 

I got myself back in order after seeing those words. After all, I am retired, and my time is my own. I take on projects because I like to do them, and I have convinced my family that gifts that are received on dates other than Christmas or birthdays are not late gifts, but wonderful surprises. There is no need to get in a swither!

Since that lovely Horoscope Day, I have lined up the projects and finished them off, one by one. I have remembered to enjoy the journey and to stop fretting about the destination and, in doing so, have found that one project after another has been completed. The llama fiber is all spun and goes into the mail today; the log cabin blanket has been assembled and is keeping me warm; socks have been knitted; the dining room has been painted, curtains have been sewn, and so on.  What doesn't get done today will eventually get done. 

My horoscope promised me, and it must be so! 


becky said...

Hi Clair, LOVE your log cabin blanket!! So colorful & what a great idea to use the leftovers from your sweater project! I feel like that a lot about things that need to get done. I always get my "work stuff" done, but then when it comes to my creative projects, I stress about not having enough time. The horoscope is perfect!

Jean (aka Auntie Bucksnort) said...

Beautiful blanket and great advice!

Joyful said...

It's funny how even when we have all day long, every day to do our "stuff", we can still have time problems. I'm that way too. Glad you got all your projects organized and done.

Ms. Becky said...

I LOVE this blanket. It's my favorite pattern and I always thought I would one day make a Log Cabin quilt. maybe one day! but this is just beautiful. I'm happy you've gotten caught up on your projects, it's so easy to get overwhelmed, it happens to me all the time. great horoscope that day! happy week to you Clair.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Your log cabin blanket is lovely. Looks like a quilt. I'm the same way about putting pressure on myself and then just have to remind myself that I'll get it all done in time. No need to rush and be so stressed, right?

Interesting new header photo, by the way. You captured such an artistic composition. Very creatively done with the silhouettes, too.


Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

Hi, Claire! It's been a while! I'm in Oregon now and loving my visit with the kids! Couldn't read this post without cementing, though. We do tend to put ourselves into tight spots when we really don't have to, don't we? Your time really is your own, so enjoy! Love the blanket!

clairz said...

Deb, I'm so excited for you, getting to have this visit! Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all who are reading this.