Silky Merino scarf
I begin the process of moving away from my regrettable addiction to computer games (available on a popular social networking site) by starting and finishing a project. I have had the yarn for a while but time was short due to having to spend most of my spare time; harvesting crops; planting crops; adopting cows, chickens, ugly ducklings, turtles, and stray cats; hatching fish eggs; cleaning tanks; selling fish; battling vampires; attending magic school; making honey, cheese, wine, wool, and angora from rabbits; and running a sucessful cafe. All while making sure everything is arranged and timed for optimum efficiency. I must say I am quite good at taking meager virtual resources and building my equally virtual empires.
This list becomes mind numbing when you look at it in black and white. The sad part is, this is the tip of the iceberg. There is so much out there that I haven’t even tried and when reading the above list, keep in mind I was practicing some self control by dumping the zoo and amusement park while avoiding bingo, poker, gangster wars, scavenger hunts, virtual pets, and fairy kingdoms.
The point of this rant is that overindulging in this activity is the death of creativity. I got involved as a distraction from being in a knitting slump. The problem was, I was so busy distracting myself that I didn’t notice when the slump ended. The time I used to use for thinking and evolving ideas and designs was wholly involved in considering how I would rearrange my cafe or farm. The time I would spend talking with my husband was subverted into making sure nothing went bad on the stove in my super duper cafe or rotted in the fields of my virtual farm. Think about this as you let your kids play these games for hours. They are powerfully addicting and will stunt a person’s ability to be creative in valuable, tangible ways.
So I give you my latest real, tangible project. Something that I have to show for my time. Below is a picture of my Streaming Leaves Lace Scarf made with Malabrigo Silky Marino in Stone Chat. The pattern is available through Ravelry from Fiber Trends or your local yarn shop.
By the way. Last week I finished the Modern Log Cabin style lap blanket for my sweetie. A little late for Christmas but close…. I skipped the edging because he didn’t want it. May sneak one on this spring but it’s okay without it anyway.
Have a great week and thanks for listening.