Polymath Enthusiasms

Odds and (Week)ends #17

I’ve skipped this update for the past couple of weeks, and my only excuse is that the Technician is now in that silly season where all concept of a working week goes out the window and I never know what day it is.

Startitis, and a Few Things I’ve Finished

I’ve been suffering from startitis all through January and into February. My ideal is to have three WIPs at any one time: the travel project (small enough to knit while out and about), the tv knitting (a bigger project in stocking stitch or a memorable pattern repeat), and something a little tricky (any project that demands I keep a close eye on the pattern and have minimal distractions). Somehow I’ve had 5 WIPs for most of the past month, and it’s started to feel a little pressuring.

I decided to concentrate on Threipmuir (since I want to wear it), but stopped between stages to complete smaller projects like my Blacker PodKAL legwarmers and my Wool Exploration swatch – using little victories to motivate me for all that stocking stitch in fingering weight yarn. This weekend I’m knitting a little on my Dave socks while I work on finishing and blocking the pile of finished objects I already have.

The next step is to review my queue of planned projects, and prioritise, by deciding which are things I need in my wardrobe and really want to knit. I think the Lanes cardigan from Laine #1 is pretty high up on both counts. But that will need to wait until I’ve finished another of my current WIPs.

Putting Pen to Paper

I’ve been struggling to regain my writing mojo over the past few months (not helped by the distractions of illness, study, Christmas…). I have my projects set up in Scrivener so that I can sync them to the app on my phone via Dropbox. In theory, this means I can jot down notes, get some writing done while out and about, or revise earlier work, when I have the time – all very efficient since I don’t have a desk/study space at the moment. In practice, I find a blank screen far more paralysing than a blank page, so it just hasn’t been working. With that in mind I’ve accepted that I capture my thoughts quicker working with pen and paper, and that I will need to type up what I’m working on – which meant convincing myself that it’s an opportunity for another revision, rather than a dull chore that’s slowing me down – and bought a couple of packs of exercise books. My plan was to write 350 words a day this year, so hopefully this will get me back on track. I’ll let you know how it goes.

From the Mailbag

It’s been all about the knitting technique books this week, but I also picked up some yarn in the Countess’ sale as the Technician has requested his own hi-vis hat.

Odds and Sods

  • Most of my February knitting time has been to Audible accompaniment – Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon the Great. I don’t consider myself a fan of military history, but I’ve been gripped by the retelling of his battles; even knowing the outcome of Austerlitz, or the retreat from Moscow, it made for tense listening.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was one of my favourite games of 2012. It doesn’t have the emotional pull of a Dragon Age, because interaction with NPCs is minimal, but the size of the world and depth of the lore is impressive. It’s also a good one for playing in small doses, which I’m currently doing.
  • The Tiny Tyrant has had me watching Trolls. It’s not as awful as I thought it would be; I may have purchased a song from the soundtrack. 😳


Half-term week means I will mostly be entertaining the Tiny Tyrant, with knitting, gaming, and anything else squished into the few hours between her bedtime and mine. We do get to go to the library though.

Take care, and don’t let Monday get you down.