Saturday, August 21, 2010

Procrastination is time consuming

Alternate title:  where I have been.

So I made a wedding shawl out of worsted weight cotton, just what the bride wanted, and the cotton knit up so lovely and the weight was just right and it was one of those projects you just want to stop knitting to pet once every few whiles, and then ...I finished it.  And I even put wee beads in the scalloped hem.  Putting wee beads in the scalloped hem was New Behaviour, which I tend to approach with my particular seven stages of denial:

Don't do it.
Eat Something
Nearly do it
Imagine all the ways it can go wrong
Almost do it.
Leave it alone for days.

The seventh stage is Suck it up and get 'er done. And lo, beading was fun!

And then I had to block it.  I had to get it soaking wet and then pin out the scalloped edge so it was actually scalloped, not merely undulating. 

So there was that whole seven stage thing to negotiate yet again.

It's blocked and drying on the bed downstairs.  It has not fallen apart, malevolent mice have not broken in and eaten all but a few threads and the blocking pins ...and the wedding is eight days away.  The scallops may not be uniformly evenly the same size but I am pretty sure the sky is not going to fall.  Relax already.

All that procrastinating took time, though, and then there was this other thing that was not only New Behaviour but involved the words "Artists Grant" and there was a whole new level of "Who do you think you are?" involved in THAT, but all that is left with that is to PRINT IT and MAIL IT.  The biggest part of last week was spent staring at the writing sample I wanted to send, weeping because "okay so it's the same night, just way later, I don't know why he didn't go home with his parents, but he didn't, so now he can hear them arguing .." is just not the type of smooth segue that gets a panel of faceless strangers to stamp "Approved" all over a grant application.

Plus side - added one whole page to the novel, fiddling with that blasted segue.

Also my dog has been shaved to within an inch of her skin.  She's blinking painfully in the unaccustomed light, what with having all of her face showing and all.  Here is what she looks like now: 

(there was a short delay while I realized that the card reader in my laptop will not accommodate a camera battery ...sigh.  I need more sleep.  Procrastination eats into your sleeping time, too)


Robin said...

Well I bet the shawl is beautiful, good luck with the grant and the dog will be thankful even it doesn't show it now. :)

Ruthie said...

Your poor doggie!! She does look a bit bedraggled. Thankfully her fur will grow back...just in time for winter, I bet.

I procrastinated, too, on a special "coming home from the hospital" blanket for my granddaughter who is due to be born this coming week. I sent it the first of last week after my DIL had been contracting off and on for nearly a week...her doctor said she could go into labor at any time. Man, did I ever work hard and fast on that baby blanket! And now I have a painful shoulder as penance.

Do we ever learn??

Colleen Taylor said...

Are you going to model the shawl on the dog?

Michele Henderson said...

Congrats on the job at Utmost Christian Writers. I just read your first artcle and couldn't agree more about titles. Usually titles are the easiest part for me when I'm writing. Even while writing an email I want my title to reach out and grab a hold of who I'm writing to.