Whew – It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been busy scrambling to meet merciless deadlines for grad school. (Literally so; because of a lag in my connection I managed to submit one electronic application 1 minute after the deadline and the system locked me out, so now I am trying to get the administration to let me turn it in, but it doesn’t seem like they want to do anything about it. Ouch.)
Needless to say, I’ve been doing a moderate amount of crafting in the last week. When I do a lot of work I also always find myself experiencing a huge urge to make stuff. Particularly when I am writing (or, more often, procrastinating on pieces I ought to be writing), I like to keep my fingers occupied. It helps me to relax. As one former roommate of mine puts it, “crafting serves as hysterical stress displacement.”
I’m into several different kinds of arts and crafts, including drawing, some papercraft, wirework jewelry making, embroidery, some simple origami (I have trouble figuring out the more complicated directions), and knitting (I’m also kind of a beginner – I haven’t even yet mastered knitting in the round).
I have a confession to make, though: I am a chronic non-finisher of craft projects. Both my dorm room and my bedroom at home are cluttered with what some knitters like to call “UFO’s” (unfinished objects). I have a short attention span. I like to finish projects in one short sitting. Otherwise I get bored of them. If a project takes longer than a few hours to complete, I find myself setting it aside indefinitely. Invariably, they collect dust for months at a time until I decide, for example, that it really will not do to have that lace scarf still on my needles after almost a year, because I want the needles to start another project. Then maybe I’ll pick it up for a little bit again. Sometimes it gets finished, sometimes not. It’s rather embarrassing that I don’t have the attention span to finish large projects. I can’t imagine how people can knit whole sweaters, when after 20 rows of repeating a scarf pattern I get immeasurably bored. I do best with mini-projects — tiny drawings, small freehand embroidery projects, origami, mini-notebooks, bookmarks, bracelets, earrings, magnets, and necklaces without a lot of links. It’s a good thing I don’t do this for a living.
At any rate, I thought I’d share a sampling of the projects I’ve gotten into during the last week and a half. Like most crafters, I like to give my projects names.
First up, “Grace.” (So-named because I worked on it while reading Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace?). A bracelet. Silver toggles, base metal links, glass beads. I also made a pair of matching earrings, but I don’t have a picture of those.
Secondly, a WIP (work-in-progress). We’ll call it the “Mystery Cross-Stitch” for now, since it’s eventually destined to be part of a larger gift. What you see in the picture is the pattern being stitched onto waste canvas. I have about one and a half colors left and then I have to do the outlines. I’m a litte worried this project will end up being too big for me to finish. Let’s hope posting updates on it will inspire me into working on it with some regularity. The last thing I want to end up with is another UFO.