Motivation Lost and Found

So, you may not have seen much yarn work on here lately, and I do actually have a few good reasons:

  1. I haven’t been able to get to my local Walmart Supercenter lately to get more yarn, as I’ve been doing most of my grocery shopping at another Walmart, a smaller Neighborhood Market, which obviously doesn’t carry yarn. Even on a grocery trip, when I go to the Supercenter, I can usually pick up one or two skeins of Super Saver without breaking my grocery budget (and sometimes the occasional cake of Lion Brand Mandala).
  2. I mentioned previously that I was dealing with pain in my lower back that took quite a bit of wind out of my sails. To remind you what was going on, in late February I developed excruciating pain in my left lower back after, of all things, unclogging a toilet. The first couple of days I could only walk at a snail’s pace and bending over was next to impossible. My walking speed returned to normal after a couple of days, but the pain itself remained at somewhat the same intensity for about two weeks until it finally shrunk down to just a small knot of pain in my left lower back (not enough to mess with me, but just enough to let me know it was there). I had a couple of days where I had spasms in my lower right back, but they went away relatively quickly. Sleeping in my parents’ bed did not help much to alleviate the pain (it’s an old bed, and I sleep in it on nights when my dad works so that my mom has someone there to alleviate nighttime anxiety associated with her condition). It wasn’t until my dad took a preplanned week off from work at the beginning of April that my pain was finally able to completely go away. During that week, I remember thinking: Hmm…my back doesn’t hurt anymore. Okay! I have no clue what actually caused it in the first place, and I have no clue if my weight was related to it. It took about a month and a half for the pain to go away, but it finally did.
  3. Finally, I just had a general lack of motivation when it came to yarn stuff. My patchwork blanket isn’t gonna go anywhere project-wise until I can get more yarn. But I still had plenty of yarn left over from La vie en rose et violet to try and start something. So late last month, I picked up one of the partial skeins and my size 10 1/2 needles and decided to cast on a few stitches to see if I could stick with a throw knit on the bias, each partial skein’s section separated by a stripe of white. I am currently on my third color (not including the white), and this is what it looks like so far.

It’s a little bit crooked because of the stitches being bunched up on the needle. I have maybe a foot and a half of edging here (doing 2 increases per right side row and knitting the wrong side rows straight), and I have not started shaping the third side or top yet, as that will depend on how many stitches I can fit on this needle. Using size 8 or 9 needles, I could fit around 350-400 stitches on a circular needle this length, so it’s really a case of increasing until I get to the size I want along the edge, or if I run out of room on the needle, with a decent length edge I could probably still make a rectangular throw to fit over an armchair if I wanted. I’m kinda flying by the seat of my pants on this one!

The project doesn’t have an official name yet (because I believe every work of art, even if it’s yarn art, should have a title), but I am thinking of calling this one Rock Me On the Bias because when I posted the first picture of this to Instagram last month, I couldn’t help but sing “on the bias” to the tune of “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco. (Those who know me well know of my love of ’70s and ’80s music, and that song was one of the few Neue Deutsche Welle/German New Wave songs to become a hit here in the ’80s, along with the likes of “99 Luftballons” by Nena, “Da Da Da” by Trio, and “Oh Yeah” by Yello.) Do you think that’s a fitting title for this project?

Finally, I am almost finished reading Fahrenheit 451 and have just a handful of pages left to read (well, of the actual novel; my edition has at least 100 extra pages of supplemental material, some of it written by Ray Bradbury himself, which I may read through at a later time), which I hope to finish either tonight or tomorrow. It took me a little time (and some help from some of the ladies over on Ravelry) to figure out which book I’ll be reading next. And I’ve decided to step away from dystopian fiction for a little bit and go in a completely different direction. The next book I am taking on is: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway! I barely remember reading The Old Man and the Sea in high school, so I consider this my first serious attempt at reading Hemingway. I don’t know whether this will turn me on to more Hemingway or push me away from him permanently. Anyone who has read his work, feel free to give me your thoughts on him in the comments! I may also write a bit on my experience reading Fahrenheit 451 here soon if the inspiration strikes me.

And of course…here’s the song. Until next time, and cross your fingers in the hopes this project will stick!

8 thoughts on “Motivation Lost and Found

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        • We don’t really have Marmite here, so the only things I can really think of are American attitudes towards cilantro (coriander) and Brussels sprouts.

          But I do think you’re on to something about Hemingway! Maybe Ernest Hemingway is America’s answer to Marmite!

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            • I like Brussels sprouts oven-roasted and well-seasoned, but they have a pretty bad reputation among most Americans. Here, they’re usually characterized as one of those weird foods that your grandma would have served you when you were a kid, usually boiled and with that bland cabbage flavor. I like to cut them in half lengthwise, coat in oil and lots of seasoning, and then roast them in the oven. They still come out nice and tender, but nowhere near as bland.

              As for cilantro, apparently there’s some genetic trait that causes it to smell or taste like soap to some people, which is why it’s so polarizing here. I find it goes pretty nicely with a lot of Mexican or Southwestern-style food, and it’s usually included in pico de gallo (a sort of relish with tomatoes, onions, pepper, lime juice, and cilantro). I’ve never had any issues with the flavor of cilantro.

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