Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An Analytical Craft



I have hoarded a lot of yarn and thread over the years, and I have finally decided that the one perfect project destined for each skein will most likely never arrive, so I have done the unthinkable.... I have used the good yarn on random projects! I have had to push myself to do such, but I think I shall be glad in the long run (and certainly have some more room to store... more yarn).

So, in my free time, I have been working on this lovely little creation. It is ever so delicate, especially after I wet-blocked it (which, by the way, was my first time wet-blocking a crocheted item. Very interesting experience, but now I want to wet-block everything!). The pattern stretched out and became even lovelier. There are things I would do differently, yes, but I am still very happy with the result.

Just to update, the new job is going very well. I love it so much and I am so happy with not only my 35-minute drive there and back, but the hours I spend there as well! Saving money for textbooks has never been this nice, and I thank God for working in my life as He has so that I am at this salon now. I am most grateful and thankful, and cannot wait to keep working!

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I have been coming to grips lately with the fact that I am a more analytical person than creative, as I am sure I have mentioned before. My entire family is very creative, with regards to arts and crafts and things of the like, and I am finding out more and more every day how much more my mind is like my father's. Numbers, patterns, words, business... these things all appeal to me, and instead of trying to force my mind to understand how to draw a person's face or how to sculpt a bird from clay, I am embracing the fact that I am more comfortable following crochet patterns, writing papers, and dealing with mathematical problems. Yes, I am creative, but more so in the problem solving manner. It is very hard to analyze one's strengths and weaknesses objectively without comparing oneself to another, and I am still trying to map out all of those things for myself. It's quite the process, indeed, and is very humbling when I take a step back and realize that there is so much I simply cannot do. Not many people like to think of those sorts of things, and I don't care to linger there either, but I still have to give myself a break and say that there are certain things that I simply do not do well, no matter how hard I try. Once I set those things aside and tell myself that it is perfectly all right to not be able to do those things, I feel freer to focus on the things that I can do, and those are wonderful days.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday! I have been busy, but I hope to get some more things done and post some more in the coming weeks! ♥