My knitting activity didn’t just taper off, it dropped off a cliff!
When you last heard from me, I was working on (post)Christmas knitting projects. I had just finished the next-to-last of them and was ready to get back to the last one (already in progress). Well, that’s about the time I just stopped all knitting-related activities!
I recently decided to take a new direction in my non-knitting life by expanding my volunteer activities into self-employment. This began while Christmas knitting was in progress and accelerated rapidly as I immersed myself deeper and deeper in the process of investigating different options. Exploration, research, planning, experimenting, learning, changing direction a few times … from this, a plan has begun to take shape!
That last Christmas project is off the needles now, but it moved at a much slower pace. I didn’t want it to be a chore (part of the fun is thinking of the intended recipient and putting those “good vibes” into the knitting), so I only worked on it when I had a good stretch of quality knitting time … and those were hard to come by! Even the 2-3 hours of train travel every week were lost because I now ride the bus more and it turns out that knitting on the bus is a motion-sickness inducer. Boo!
It seems as if the activity for my new project is shifting to a different mode now. It was wide-open at first, now it’s more and more focused. So knitting is moving back in to the gaps again! I have some WIPs that have been lingering since before the holidays and I have two new-ish projects, both easy.
The first is a cowl that I’m improvising to go with a pair of fingerless mitts already completed. I’m using yarn that I bought for Christmas and decided was not a “manly” enough color. It’s great for me though!
The second is a lace wrap made from ecru cotton that’s been waiting in the stash for springtime … it started as a swatch for a kitchen tablecloth but morphed to “placemat” when I realized I don’t have the quantities for a tablecloth (yet) and then to “wrap” when I was pretty sure I DO have the quantities for that!
The non-knitting project? I volunteer tutor English as a Second Language (ESL) in Philadelphia a couple of times a week. From Day 1, I have wanted to expand into some form of related employment and in the fall I began to more actively look into that. To cut to the chase, I’ve decided to go into business for myself offering business and academic tutoring to paying “learners”. I intend to continue the volunteer work and hope that the two activities will complement each other … that whatever skills I develop through either activity will benefit the other.