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Another month has gone by since my last post…well, if that’s what I get done, that’s what I get done. I’m hitting a pretty zen patch these days, learning that everything truly is just fine and perfect as it is. Learning to see success in every moment, regardless of whether or not my ego likes it. So, for now, my blog-posting frequency is perfect.
I find myself getting creative all over the place, though not where I would have expected it a couple of months ago. My art supplies are still in the box that my 3-year-old niece so beautifully packed for me on moving day, and the sewing machine remains in its box under the desk. But I have four creative projects to share, and that rare proliferation is so exciting to me! Here goes.
I had a rich, lovely month of rehearsals for the current musical, and opening weekend was a great success. I find myself enjoying performances, but grieving the end of the fertile creative process that rehearsal was. Sure, there’s much to mine in performance, but the rehearsal process is that place of pure…process. It’s where you find and try and stretch and fail and dive deeper. I love it, and understand more consciously the pull to get right into another show once one opens. I imagine it’s much like the impulse new parents feel to “do it all over again”. Well, some parents. I hear.
There are two raised garden beds behind the garage at my new home. There are so many things I love about my beloved, but from the very start I must admit I coveted his raised beds. He graciously gave me carte blanche to plant the vegetable garden of my dreams, and all of the tender seedlings went in last weekend after a few days of letting the new amended soil settle and cool off. In went onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, pole beans, acorn squash, chard, and nasturtiums. I got really excited to finally try out my dream of planting morning glories and moonflowers side-by-side on a trellis to cover the garden shed. I hope this works, and I can experience gorgeous palm-sized blooms both night and day come summer.
In Craftland, two projects came off the needles. After 13 months and much cursing and fist-shaking, my first sweater was born. This was a late birthday gift to my guy, and I’m kind of proud of myself for making a couple of modifications to the pattern that actually improved the fit of the sweater for him. Doesn’t he look handsome? The pattern is “Cable Guy Sweater” found in Debbie Stoller’s latest book, Son of Stitch’n'Bitch. The yarn, Andean Silk from KnitPicks in Pitch, was pretty good to use although it does shed like crazy. But the softness and sheen are lovely.
About ten days earlier I worked a “Children’s Cotton Hat” from the fabulous book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. This hat was a gift for Pixie‘s beautiful baby girl, and I couldn’t believe how quickly it came off the needles. After much tossing and turning one night, I got up at 1:30am, put on an episode of Cast On and said, “Okay, I’ll just get started on it.” Four episodes later, I finished the hat and fell asleep as the clock ticked 6:15am. Kind of thrilling, actually. It’s a beautiful color and texture thanks to Mission Falls 1824 cotton yarn in Lemongrass.
All in all, it’s been a rich month. It’s not long until Squam now, and I am beyond excited. Until then, though, I am on the lookout for all the unexpected places where creativity finds me these days.