Since I've been asked that question a few times this week, I thought I better update you. Okay, they didn't ask where "flat Mary" was, but that's the best word I can come up with to describe my current state of mind. I'm not unhappy or sad, but I am flat -- unmotivated by the things that usually motivate me. I have to say thanks to those who have come looking for me this week!
I really admire the folks who've managed to stay completely absorbed by their avocations during these unique times. I have hardly been near my sewing machine for over five weeks but I have been happily busy most days. It's that time of year in this area where the garden needs to be prepped for winter and so that's been accomplished with the exception of a couple little tasks that need to happen today just in case this is the last mild day.
I've been knitting everyday -- working a few Christmas gifts that I won't share but I did finish this sock test knit for Sandra C Designs -- it's her newest pattern and you can find it on her website or Ravelry. That trim above and below the stars is a Latvian braid and much easier to create than I imagined!
Early in October, knitting designer Marie Greene's (oliveknits.com) said it so well in a newsletter -- "Being creative gives us unlimited ways to cope with stress and uncertainty. There's something about funneling that restless, worried energy into something useful that makes us feel like we really do have a handle on things (even if we don't)." Here's a link to a recent podcast of hers -- love her cheery voice as much as her positive ideas!
I've realized that once I "get started", I'm good. Setting a small goal yesterday for today is helping because "thinking" first thing in the morning isn't my strong suite. I pulled out another charity quilt this morning to get back into a daily machine quilting routine.
And yesterday, I've tidied up the design wall and plan to spend the next dreary day up in the studio pushing forward with this neglected piece.