Near complete failure is one way you could describe my second quarter for the 1+1+1 project. It’s not often that I miss goals so spectacularly, but it happens and Q2 for the 1+1+1 project is proof.
My Hamlin Peak sweater…
My Swoop shawl…
Thanks to compact cars and vacations, though, I did manage to complete my spindle spin.
I had 4oz of rolags from NaturallyKnitty that I started spinning (barely) last summer — 2oz of “Grumpy Rainbow” and 2oz of “Honey Mustard Fun Dip” and the goal was to finish this up (finally).
All the singles were spun with my little fleet of spindles (yes, my lone Golding now has a posse) and then I plied them with my wheel. Part of me would have liked to have tried making a plying ball and going that route thus keeping the project spindle pure, but in the end my desire to have something finished for Q2 won out. As it is, I can hardly believe that I have a 500+yards skein for which the singles were entirely spindle spun. It’s not as consistent as my wheel spinning, but considering it’s my first large scale project of this nature I’m very please with how it turned out and I’ve already got my next spindle spin all planned out. If you haven’t noticed, I’m kind of falling in love with my spindles.
As with most things, I could choose to dwell on words like “failure” and “spectacular miss,” but instead I’ve been thinking about some song lyrics. A while back, my hubby purchased the song “Pompeii” by Bastille and I’ve read that the lyrics are meant to be a conversation between two people in the city of Pompeii as it’s being destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. There’s a lot about the song I like, but there’s one line that tends to stick in my head:
“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”
I think about this line a lot. For every failure, there are opportunities to learn and explore where you went wrong. If you want to see it, there’s always a way to find something positive that came from the experience. Oftentimes, it’s worth re-evaluating, was it really actually a failure or just a change in plans? For me in Q2 of the 1+1+1 Project, it’s easy to understand what happened. I had the option to try a couple new yarns and I took them. I was chosen to participate in the Akerworks Lazy Kate test and I jumped at the chance. And those couple times I said “yes” really knocked me out of the running to complete the goals I’d laid out for myself. I could choose to see this as my own shortcoming, the failure to prioritize what I’d set out to do or I can choose to see it as a testament to one of my strengths. Because this is a hobby that I control, I have the flexibility to shift and change plans based on the opportunities that present themselves. I won’t say I’m happy I missed my personal goals, but I wouldn’t do anything different either if given the chance to make those decisions over again. I got to try out some wonderful yarns and come to love the AkerKate. At the end of the day, I’m thankful that I can create goals to drive myself forward with my craft, but that my knitting and spinning aren’t set in stone so that I can take advantage of great opportunities when they come my way. While I failed in the short term, the long term, big picture is — in my opinion — a raving success.
So what do I take forward into Q3 from this experience? Summer is a busy time and I’ve already got a bunch of commitments, so I’ll be setting some incredibly realistic goals involving those commitments to try to get back on track for Q3.
First, I’m planning to have fun in the Tour de Fleece.
This is my favorite event of the year and I’ve pulled some fantastic fibers with which to start. Sure, I’ve got some things I’d like to get done and I’ll address those at the start of the event on Saturday, but suffice to say the main point for me is to just spend time spinning and relish it.
Second, I’ll be knitting up my socks for the Summer Sock KAL with Feel Good Yarn Co.
I’m finishing up the first sock in the first pair right now and the next skein is coming shortly. There will be three pairs in total and as usual they are great car/beach/playground/pool knitting for me. And the yarn & patterns are just scrumptious.
And last but not least, for my third +1 I’m going to attempt finish the 2 items I failed to finish from Q2.
And my Swoop shawl…
If you’re finding yourself in my very behind shoes, I ask you, how are you going to be an optimist about this? How will you create realistic goals for yourself going forward?