It’s interesting how much my mood changes based upon whether or not I’m sticking to the schedule I’ve laid out for myself in regards to making progress on creative projects. Falling behind equals feeling gloomy, and checking every step off on the day they’re supposed to be checked off equals a little bit of swagger. “Oh yeah, I am owning this spreadsheet!”
I’ve struggled to stay on track with the Peacock Stole since we’ve returned home, so I decided to slow down on its creation, opting to shoot for twelve rows a week instead of twenty. Perhaps it will stay at this rate until it’s done; or maybe I’ll find a little bit of internal kindling in the future to step up the progress to its former level.
I’m recovering from a new bout of back pain which has me laid out on the couch for large portions of the day. It’s been three weeks since it started up again, and I probably have three to nine more weeks of taking it easy and letting the discs heal. It’s very frustrating, but I am thankful that I have projects that can move ahead while I’m stuck on my back.
So, while I can’t literally strut over the progress I’m making on the Peacock Stole, I’m feeling rather proud of how well I’m doing in moving ahead on it. Progress is inhibited by the necessity of taking some medications that make it hard to concentrate on reading and executing lace knitting, but I’ve been playing it safe and not knitting when I’m taking those medicines. (Good news: Haven’t taken any medicines in that category in over a week.) There was an evening where I was thinking I could probably handle knitting “under the influence,” but then I walked into a wall and thought that maybe I’d just play it safe instead. Patience, patience.
To date: Row #100 on the second half. At the new rate of 12 rows per week, I’m expecting a completion date in July.