Hello my name is Mary and I have a serious problem with squirrels (like this). Case in point. I spent an HOUR in my journal this morning thinking about the knitting and reading I wanted to finish in the remaining 83 (!!!) days of 2020. I made two lists, one for knitting and one for reading. I wrote a few weeks back about holding my internal lists loosely-ish (the “ish” is key) as a form of self-care, and I thought this morning that sharing those are would be a way to add in some helpful accountability.
Ten hours later the book list is still intact.
Along the way, I also managed to get my all of my 2020 reading up to date. These 14 titles in my Want to Read shelf (see here), combined with as yet unannounced MMD bookclub titles for November and December will get me to 100+ books read for 2020. That feels kind of normal, which also feels very good. And something like 20 books for the rest of the year is actually a slower pace than I’ve been reading … which also feels kind of good. I like that I’m able to finish the MMD selections before the month begins so I can participate in the discussion forums for the whole month. and I know there will be a few books that come up that I’ll want to “drop everything and read” … and I’ll have the space to do that.
The knitting on the other hand. well. The queue I set for myself this morning has already been busted.
Yep, I signed up, ordered yarn, and shuffled things around. Y’all, I’d really like to knit these sweaters … and only these! (unless I have stash to knit them!) … next. here goes:
I have yarn (or yarn on order) for all but the one in the lower right. I’m considering that one my Christmas gift.
One of goals for this year was to rework my wardrobe, recognizing a new color palette and a new phase of life. Honestly, each of these sweaters meets both of those needs. AND each of them (except the current one, top left) give me an opportunity to knit along with others … before this year, that wasn’t really a goal for knitting sweaters, but these days, I’m welcoming connection however it comes. and I’m grateful that I can connect through a craft that I honestly love.
So – EIGHTY THREE DAYS. Holding myself accountable to report back on my progress. and honestly, I’m curious to see how I’ll do. pre-2020 me would’ve been 100%+ confident in nailing both lists. today me is holding all of it loosely. because there are so many other things I need to really care about.
In the words of my favorite Pantsuit Politics, “wishing you the best weekend available”,