I’m so excited about this year! I’ve been in school full-time for the last four years and, until this past year, was able to have something of a “normal” life. I had enough time for school and homework–and I also had enough time for more creative endeavors….like knitting. I’d long since given up on having time to make quilts and sew, but knitting was something I could do to satisfy my creative cravings when I was too busy to do anything that required too much concentration. My final classes were so much more demanding than all the classes that lead up to my last year of study. The last four classes were especially taxing. So much so, that I didn’t have enough time to keep up with my blogs or my knitting. Still, that’s all behind me now! I graduated in December.
I didn’t realize just how completely I had changed my life to accommodate the demands of school. After I hit the SUBMIT button to turn in my last paper, I just sat in front of my computer for several minutes. It felt so strange to realize that I had turned in my last paper. I hadn’t expected to have any difficulty filling up all the free time I’d have when school was over. However, these last few weeks have been a period of adjustment for me. It’s a good thing I had a list of “things to do after graduation” to get me started on “the rest of my life.” Working on my blogs was right at the top of that list–followed closely by take time every day to knit and do something creative. I spent the holidays in a haze, but I’ve been pretty busy this first month of the new year. It’s been absolutely wonderful to be able to work at the things I love and not feel as if I’m playing hooky from my homework! I’ve made the adjustment from student to “Whoopeeee, I’m free!”
I hope you like The Purple Sweater’s new look. There will be lots of new projects coming up–as well as all the UFOs that piled up while I finished my degree. The two purple sweaters are only the most recent of my UFOs. I actually had some from the last century! I gave myself permission to donate a lot of old yarn to the local Senior Center, just to get it out of the house. (I wonder what I was thinking when I bought all that green and gold yarn?) I’d gotten pretty tired of purple, but with the weeks spent away from it has come a new enthusiasm to finish the ubiquitous purple sweaters.
My single resolution this year is that I will only start projects that I have already purchased yarn for. And, I will only work with colors and fibers that please my sense of creativity and are a delight to knit. If that means donating more yarn, then so be it. (I have to get tough with myself occasionally!)
Perhaps next year I’ll be able to adopt that attitude about reducing my fabric stash. And, if you believe that, I have a bridge I’d be willing to sell you. ;o)
Stay tuned and watch this space!