Day 8

Day 8

First, I’d like to introduce a new feature to this blog

Sunday Summary Song of Last Week!

Last week for me can be summed up by this song by KT Tunstall (for the record, I called myself KT before she got famous)

I would like to add the lyrics too. This is one of my theme songs, it reminds me of who I am and who I would like to be. I can easily get carried away when little things go wrong and I have a tendency to be impatient. Time to learn to go with the flow a bit better…

KT Tunstall – Miniature Disasters

I don’t want to be second best
Don’t want to stand in line
Don’t want to fall behind
Don’t want to get caught out
Don’t want to do without
And the lesson I must learn
Is that I’ve got to wait my turn

Looks like I got to be hot and cold
I got to be taught and told
Got to be good as gold
But perfectly honestly
I think it would be good for me
Coz it’s a hindrance to my health
I’m a stranger to myself

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophes
Bring me to my knees
Well I must be my own master
Or a miniature disaster will be
It will be the death of me

I don’t have to raise my voice
Don’t have to be underhand
Just got to understand
That it’s gonna be up and down
It’s gonna be lost and found
And I can’t take to the sky
Before I like it on the ground

And I need to be patient
And I need to be brave
Need to discover
How I need to behave
And I’ll find out the answers
When I know what to ask
But I speak a different language
And everybody’s speaking too fast

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophes
Bring me to my knees

Well I must be my own master
I’ve got to run a little faster
I need to know I’ll last if a little
Miniature disaster hits me
It could be the death of me

Day 8

Today was better, I haven’t left my flat, I haven’t gotten out of my pjs and it has been great!

The new sock pattern still isn’t cooperating, I now have a ladder problem between my needles. I only ever get that when a needle starts with a purl stitch. I am not sure what to do. I am close to giving up and just knitting a plain vanilla sock because, although there will be nothing new to learn there, at least I’ll have new hand-knit socks this side of the apocalypse.

I have planned out the task for this week. The coming week I concentrate on the walk-in cupboard in my hall. I have started dragging things out to go through them for the umpteeth time. I am already binning things that I have kept in the past. But letting go of some of it is difficult. My “memory box” items are in that cupboard and I will need to go through and bin much of the now meaningless items but so much of the remainder has painful memories mixed with the good. I am ready to let some of it go but it is not going to be easy.

I am a bit embarrassed showing you the before photographs. I know that it will not be perfect after this sweep but it will be better. I am planning a rotation of this flat. I have split the flat into 6.

  • Walk-in cupboard in hall
  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Walk-in cupboard in kitchen
  • Deep clean everywhere

I am going to run the rotation twice and then reassess if all the areas need to stay in the rotation. My theory is even if I only manage 15 mins on 5 days of the week while still doing the regular stuff that is still 1 and half hours focused energy in clearing one space or cleaning. I am planning more than that when possible though. One of the things I am keeping in the back of my mind as I do this is “would I take this with me when moving to America?”. It’s not foolproof but it helps.

The start I have got today is good. I have 15 items listed for sale on eBay (one is for someone else) and I have half filled a black back with items that are either not suitable for selling, I don’t think they will sell, or are just plain rubbish. I have started a list of books that are waiting to be read. My list is not as long as some peoples but it feels like unfinished business. I hope to read more (now I know where the books on the waiting list are) but will reassess in the future if there are some I may never read and I’ll pass them along. Also, as I haven’t left my flat today, I haven’t spent any money!

Tomorrow I have work, gym, more clearing. Forward motion.

KT :-)

2 thoughts on “Day 8”

  1. I have issues with ladders in my knitting too, people have offered all sorts of solutions, but none of them work for me and actually they have gotten worse over time. I hope that you can figure out how to prevent them.

    I’m also so inspired by your organizing blitz! It must have been difficult sharing (I wouldn’t have the confidence to), thanks for doing so : )

  2. Hiya. Regarding the ladders, have you tried moving the start of the needle to a different place so you don’t have a purl stitch as the first stitch? I tend to move my needles around every 4 or 5 rows and it stops the ladders. By the time they might be starting to appear, you have already moved them by 2 or 3 stitches further on to the needle and their tension issue is getting corrected.

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