COAK: knitting roll

{Entry 2: A week of love. Because my headstone will never read, “We Had No Idea How She Felt.”}

Squirrel! has become a new code word in our group for — “ooh, look! Something bright and shiny and I can’t focus for more than two seconds. Wait? Is someone texting me?” It comes from “Up” where the sweet dog Doug can’t focus to save his life when he thinks of his most favorite thing to chase. “My name is Doug and I love you and I just met you!”

What is your favorite thing to chase?

I can be damn stubborn and focused when I want to, but there is nothing like a bright, shiny NEW PROJECT to get me squirrely. I have a wedding quilt sitting on my sewing table that has been in pieces since August. I see the recipients nearly every week and nearly every week I look at the floor before looking at them in the eye because I’ve been hiking, reading, knitting, blogging — just about anything but finishing their quilt. Instead, I’m over the moon excited to create a bunch of new things!

pink scraps

On my squirrel list:

The new Amy Butler clutch. I need this pattern. And I need to make this in gorgeous fabrics for a few of my girlfriends. Right? So, so pretty.

A dating memoir. Never mind I’ve got a lengthy list of edits that will need to be made on Novel 1 for a third (and final?) printing. Or that I’m well into writing the second novel, which was truly gaining momentum when I paid attention to it daily in Malawi. No. What I should be doing is chasing the NEW PROJECT. Having talked about a dating memoir for years over happy hours and dinner parties, watching my friends squirm with delight and anguish. I finally sat down last week to hash out an outline. While it makes more sense to continue with Novel 2, the memoir is so painfully funny and easy to write by comparison. And so, I plod forward with this squirrel.

Never mind that I have Meg’s Christmas present still on my knitting needles, only one skein in (with six remaining. Oy). No! What I should be focused on is this gorgeous pattern by my beautiful friend Kirsten. Really. I need to make one of these. And maybe two. While I’m at it, I’d love one of these. Wouldn’t that be perfect to wear in Colorado?

Colorado. The latest on the bright and shiny list. Still working on it. Getting closer every day to my little country house with a yard full of chickens, a porch full of dog, a greenhouse full of veggies, a pantry full of canned goodness and my sweet Colorado family in my daily life.

Wishing you a day of squirrel, where you can let your focus slide for a moment and enjoy whatever grabs your heart in the moment. Really, wouldn’t life be better if we all were a little more like Doug?