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October 11th, 2005

And that isn't quite true.

I think that part of my problem is that I don't like to revisit things that I feel should be done already. I made the backpack, and made it too small. So I've reworked it. Made the squares larger, redid the straps (although I think I'm going to have to re-redo them, since they're a bit short now.) It's better now, but I'm not getting the sense of accomplishment that I would like. Because the project was already done, you see. And now I'm just tinkering with it.

Another reason it feels as if I haven't done anything is that I haven't really-and-truly seen my coffee table in months. My ideal "resting" coffee table is nearly empty. It has a bowl of floating candles, and that's it. Yes, things go on it when I'm sitting on the couch. But when I get up, these things go away. And the candles remain.

Not so recently. The Sunset Rain blanket has been parked there since early summer. I need to assemble it and edge it. No rush, really, but I want it done and out of my home by Thanksgiving. (For the non-Americans, that's a month and a half from now.) Sounds doable.

And I'm making progress on my Border Collie blanket. A week and a half ago, I was just over a third of the way through with the squares for the blanket. I've now got 32 out of 36 squares done for the blanket, and 5 out of 8 squares done for the pillow. True, 3 squares a day is not precisely light-speed, but it's a far cry from the snail's progress I thought I was making. I've finished the blue and the green, am nearly done with the beige (one more pillow square), and then I'll need just six black-and-white squares. I'll be done with those by this weekend.

Ahh... This weekend. NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. I'm still not sure that I'll be attending. I'd like too, but I'm not sure I need the temptation just yet. I mean, more unstarted projects?

And I just know that if I go up there, I'm going to end up with at least a drop spindle and some roving. And I really really really don't need to add another fiber art to my repertoire right now. Really. Truly. I want to, but I don't need to. And I really need to make room for new projects by clearing out some of the old ones. Really.

The problem is... It's mid-October. A lovely time of year. And I'd rather be outside, enjoying the colors and the coolness, than inside, assembling blankets.

Decisions, decisions. On the one hand, I could go, enjoy the outing and the weather and the sights and sensations, and buy new toys with a combination of excitement and guilt. On the other hand, I could stay home, take comfort in the subtler satisfaction of finishing projects like a virtuous little crafter, and budget time/money/space to take up spinning next year.

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