Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Persistence Pays Off!

I always find the middle part of a large knitting project the most difficult. The novelty of starting the project has worn off and I can't yet see the end in sight. I often feel bored with the pattern and not very motivated to carry on.

A week or so ago, I was very much in the middle stage of knitting the baby blanket diagonally. Although I'd started decreasing one stitch on each row, each row was still more than 100 stitches long and it seemed to take ages to knit just one row. I pushed myself on because I knew there was only about five weeks left until my friend's baby is due.

And now? All of a sudden, I have broken through the middle stage. I have less than 50 stitches on my needle and the rows are flying by! I'm excited because it won't be long before I have finished and am ready to package the blanket to send to the UK. That gives me more motivation to finish!

So, persistence really does pay off! It seems also that there is a lesson in here that I can learn for the rest of my life. It has seemed in the past two years that we are climbing a big mountain but I take courage from the lesson learned from my knitting. Perhaps I'm still in the middle stage as I can't yet see the end. I just need to continue moving forward and, before I know it, the end will be in sight and that will give me renewed energy - that final burst that enables you to achieve and be successsful!!

How about you? Do you experience that "middle phase" in a craft project of any kind? How do you get through it? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Winner's Choice Giveaway

Saved By Love Creations is holding a fabulous giveaway! The winner will be able to choose one of the three wonderful prizes shown above. The first is a set of hand-decorated coasters, each of which have different designs and inspiring words such as "love," "joy" and "unity."  You can see more photos of the coasters here.

The two other potential prizes are hand-decorated boxes. The first box is decorated with the word "hope" and some button-like embellishments. A close-up photo of the box can be seen on this blog post

The second box is covered with leafy green fabric and is finished off with a pink flower embellishment and a tag with the words, "be love." It looks very pretty. You can find out more about the fabric-covered box here.

The giveaway is open to everyone and closes next Friday - 19 March. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on the Winner's Choice Giveaway post.

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