So life looks a little different for me at the moment. And many of the preconceived ideas I had about what life would be like, have quickly been dispelled by the realities of life on the road with a family of five.
I thought I would have all. this. time. Time to sit and knit. Time to ponder projects and design things that I want to make. To do the numbers for some jumper ideas I have for the kids, and knit a few things for some lovely new babies arriving later this year. I was going to work on my little fella's quilt. I was going to do embroidery, and maybe make us some rolled edge napkins for our camp dinners while I was at it. Oh the joy I was going to have with the time. Hmmmmm…..
So things aren't really working out that way. There are lots of jobs to do when you live outside, and my lovely small people believe that if I am visible then I should be doing stuff with them. Fair enough. So I've adjusted my thinking. I've gone from BIG plans to smaller ones. And the problem I have been having - even with a whole box of materials - is that I'm not sure where to start. What should I make when I don't have the capacity for detail?
And when I realised that I really wasn't making anything at all because I was confused by all the many options before me, I remembered seeing this TED-X talk by the lovely Clare Bowditch*. I first saw this talk when I was trying to decide whether or not to do The Craft Sessions. And the idea of picking a fig niggled me until I took a risk and made a decision. And I'm so glad I did. Anyway I know this isn't really about craft but I thought you might enjoy it.
For me - I'm picking a craft related fig and making baby vests. Quick and easy just to get going again. The perfect thing when there isn't enough space in your brain to make big choices - baby vests as meditation.
Happy fig picking.
* I can't find the proper link but this one takes you through the wonderful Rachel Power's website.