08 May 2013

01 May 2013

a fresh start

ever tried to keep a journal or diary? i have. it's always gone in spurts. life speeds up, slows down, and the habit comes and goes. the absolute worst has always been picking it back up. where to start? do i owe it to myself, posterity and anal-retentiveness to record everything i remember from the gaps? i've tried that. it doesn't work so well. the immense task of catching up on the past while trying to sort through the present is overwhelming. and so i've slowly learned to let go. some bits may be important to put down for context (as when a gap started with an unboyfriend and ended with someone else installed as husband) but otherwise it's best to start fresh.

and so.

global warming has attacked alaska with the coldest april on record. there's still 2 feet of snow in my back yard. which, no, is not normal. my silver lining is to consider it extra time granted by the weather sprites to work on indoor projects that i would have already abandoned for yard work and the woods. time to finish those projects languishing in the work basket and corners of my mind. also working through that stack of library books.....

and so last friday i sat down to make a soap cover, a spa coat, a soap sweater, a what-have-you. i made 2 in september, one for chuck and one for myself. mine has come in very handy, and it's only at the end of a bar of soap that i run into a minor problem: how to wash it (to rid it of fuzzies and soap residue) without missing our daily constitutional together. the bar of soap has yet to conveniently run out on wash day, and at last i realized the best solution was in fact to have two of the suckers. one in use, and one in the wash. simple, and rather embarrassingly obvious after the fact.
spa coat 2.0

luckily they crochet up quickly, in an hour or so. the crochet is bulky enough to maintain structure as the soap dwindles, and i prefer it to the knit versions. i also added a built-in hanging loop to chuck's knitted cover. the original twisted cord was a hassle to knot and hang, and then untie for a new bar of soap.
soap sock with handle

small projects, yet satisfyingly useful. and fast. which takes one bit of project clutter out of my head. now two, if you count actually posting again. and that's a better and faster fresh start than spring is having this year.