When I got pregnant I vowed that I would not succumb to the first trimester slump that so many creative people talk about.
I would push through! I would stay up later, get up earlier, do whatever I had to do to stay on top of my creative endeavors. I would -- sleep. All the time. You want to know where I've been, what I've been doing for the past three months? Sleeping. Any hours between the time I got home from work and the time I left the next day have most likely been spent sleeping. And not a lot of knitting or writing can happen when one is asleep. At least I have not found a way to master the art.
Which is why I am so grateful that the Fall Carolina Fiber Frolic fell when it did. Last weekend I finally did not spend all of my time sleeping. In fact, I may have swung too far the opposite direction and spent entirely too much time knitting instead of sleeping. But it was totally worth it. I was beginning to despair in my creativity, thinking maybe it had left for good. I still knit during this time, but not much, and not on anything consistent, so I decided to take a pile of UFOs with me to the retreat and hope for the best.
The great thing about this retreat is that it is time spent solely doing whatever you want, with a very loosely imposed schedule of mealtimes. Turns out this is exactly what I needed. The time spent sitting and knitting with other creative people resulted in not just a ton of new ideas, but three finished objects. Three! And two of them were major long-term projects that I had been sitting on for many months.
I'll tell you more about them later (I have to convince Chris to help me take pictures), but today let's rejoice in the inspiration that comes from spending time with your community. This group I spent the weekend with are a great example of that, inspiring and encouraging me just by spending time together. You who are reading this? You are part of that community too and I'm so sorry I have neglected you over the past few months. Fortunately I seem to be coming out of my hibernation state and emerging back into the wild. So I'll see you again soon! With real pictures! And knitting! And other stuff!
I missed you