A Tea Break

Yesterday’s mood and general vibe can be summed up fairly well with just one picture.


My sister was gracious enough to lend me her tiny teapot, so I curled up at my desk with my prettiest teacup, and a whole pot full of Lipton’s “Vanilla Caramel Truffle,” with lots of heavy cream and sugar. Sometimes an emotionally low day requires such things.

Unfortunately, the emotional benefits were quickly overridden with a sudden headache. Either I used too much sugar, or it was just inevitable. Either way, the tea tasted really good.

The irony of taking refuge in my room lay in the fact that I was completely surrounded by piles and piles of unfinished projects. (Not to mention stacks of old notebooks from my emptied desk!) We’ve been busy filming some how-to DVDs for my family’s business, so I had adhered to the deceptively simple practice of “Oh, I’ll just lay this here until I get a chance to put it away.”

Let me tell you, that doesn’t work so well. Especially not two-and-a-half weeks at a time. The piles were downright scary.

If you don’t believe me, take a look.


That was my view from my desk chair. Inspiring, eh?

I was definitely in danger of succumbing to “Unfinished Project Guilt Syndrome.” Thankfully, I managed to squeak out of that and have been spending a good portion of this morning in removing those stacks and piles. And organizing a bit. I’ve had some thumping good ideas for new (and better) ways to store my various belongings. Particularly my stash.

I did a little web research this morning to see how much my idea might cost me, and I’m still in sticker shock. I’ve inherited an interesting trait that can wreck havoc with my pocket book – I always go for the higher quality / more expensive stuff. Always. I’ve never tested it, but I can imagine walking down a line of unmarked sofas at a furniture store and managing to want the most expensive. Maybe there’s a way to earn a living doing that. I’ll have to look into it.

Anyway, my brilliant storage idea would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 – for the first half of the project. Excuse me while I go try to build cardboard bookshelves. (I’d actually do that if cardboard didn’t tend to get dusty. I’ve built some pretty amazing things out of cardboard, if I do say so myself, and I might just wind up having to do it again.)

But, back to the unfinished project syndrome. To combat the rising tide of painful-project-memories, I took some pictures of my almost finished “Oh, Brioche” scarf. Knit from Malabrigo Worsted that I dyed myself. And it turned out pretty gorgeous.

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It’s as soft as it looks, too.

~ Happy crafting,

4 Responses to A Tea Break
  1. Cayenne
    July 22, 2011 | 12:06 am

    It is incredible how expensive organization is. Lovely scarf. Brioche is a stitch I have yet to master.

  2. Rebekah
    July 22, 2011 | 9:54 am

    Yes, I’m still trying to figure out what to do about it. There’s always the old “plastic bins” method, but that’s not really my first preference.

    I learned Brioche using this pattern here – http://www.annekrileydesigns.com/847. Anne Riley is a good friend of mine, and amazes me with her ability to write knitting patterns.

  3. Aunt Debbie
    July 22, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Your scarf is beautiful. I didn’t realize you could buy undyed Malibrigo worsted?

    The UFO stress/guilt still happens at 60, so don’t beat yourself up too much!!!

  4. Rebekah
    July 22, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Yes, they have the undyed. It’s very fun stuff to play with. =) I actually have a small selection of it in my store at the moment. Like this one – http://www.etsy.com/listing/72272443/lacewing-duet-hand-dyed-worsted-weight .

    I like working with it because it takes the dye in a very different manner than the yarns I usually work with. With the Malabrigo, I can get an almost “frosted” look, or push it to a very intense, almost velvet look.

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