Last week I talked about the small things that held me back in a project. That got me thinking more about small things. Often, a project can be overwhelming when I look at it in it's entirety. There is just so much to do before I get to that finished piece. Taking advice from my valued readers, I found success with small things.
First, I took Lin, at St. Victor Quilts, suggestion, and moved the socks from the single double pointed needle onto two sets of needles. I untangled the four skeins of wool and am now ready to review the pattern and start on the heels. once the heels are turned, I can move the socks back to the original needle and continue knitting two at a time. Thanks Lin.
This might not seem like a big step, but when you consider that these socks have been sitting for over six months with no progress, this is a monster step.
First step, iron freezer paper to the back of the background fabric. Next, trace the maple leaf design with a fine pencil. Then I outlines with a Prang brand red crayon and coloured it in. I didn't go too dark, since that might interfere with the effect of the buttons. After colouring, I covered it with paper towel and pressed well with a hot iron. You can actually see on the back of the fabric when the crayon has seeped into the fabric.
I am pleased with my small bits of progress. They helped me along when I was stalled. I employ the same technique when I am stuck in a book. I'll tell myself that I'll just read one chapter and can then move the book mark ahead a few pages. It feels so much better knowing that the bookmark is that much closer to the back of the book. When I think about it, I use that same technique in other areas of my life. Laundry and housework being of major note. I am not a fantastic housekeeper, though I do find I can get a lot done if I break it up into small tasks. Seems a lot less overwhelming that way. I load of laundry here and there, and before I know it, it's all done.
Do you find an area in your life where it works well for you to approach tasks in small bits?
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