Okay, this isn’t my entire resolution for the new year, but rather a knitting resolution–the whole knogging, blitting thing (knitting + blogging) thing makes me happy.
I hesitate to even write this because I actually haven’t seen what I’m about to do and no one EVER does anything unique anymore. I’ve googled and binged it–a sushi scarf.
|There are long scarves that roll up to look like a sushi roll.||
|Individual crocheted sushi pieces…|
|and even a felted crocheted clutch.|
But not a crocheted sushi scarf the way I want to make it.
So I sketched out some ideas–I’m thinking of some rolls (done as flat circles) and some basic sushi (done a rectangles), some ginger and wasabi (hyperbolic plane), and then stitched together as a scarf and held together with–you guessed it, chopsticks.
I have no idea how long this project will take. I don’t know how long it will take to make A LOT of sushi pieces. I could probably do the math–if each piece is about 2 inches long and I want the scarf to be 4 inches by 72 inches long then I would need–uhm…72 / 2 = 36 pieces x 2 (double wide) is 72 pieces. Duh. Okay, Tennessee public school system. Seventy-two little circles, rectangles and hyperbolic planes? (okay, here is a crocheted hyperbolic plane) That is a lot of crocheting. The project is too big.
New Year’s Resolutions
And that ‘s when I thought about it as a New Year’s resolution. So often we make HUGE new year’s resolutions.
- Lose 20 pounds
- Write a novel
- Quite smoking
- Run a marathon
These are GIANT things. And within a week or a month, they are by the wayside and we are feeling terrible that we couldn’t keep our resolutions. The fact is, MOST don’t keep New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because we bite off more than we can chew (unless it’s me and I’m biting off a rainbow roll).
If, instead of looking at my sushi scarf as a least 72 little circles, rectangles and hyperbolic planes, I looked at it as one piece of sushi a day. They are small–how long would it take me? I did a quick experiment and was able to crochet a 3″ circle in about half an hour. Given that the sushi one might take a little longer because I have to change colors, I could still probably crochet one up in less than an hour. If I made one a day, I’d be done in less than 3 months. Even one twice a week would have me finished before I rang in 2011. Small steps.
So don’t try to make big resolutions–make small ones.
- What if your goal was to walk for 20 minutes every day? Or to replace one meal item with a vegetable (that doesn’t mean candy corn). By the end of they year, you would have lost your weight.
- Don’t give up smoking all at once–give it up for one day. Just one day. And if you do it one day, then try for two days. And three. And if you slip up, go back to trying to do it just one day.
- That novel doesn’t need to be written in a year (I’m talking to YOU somegraphx). A page needs to be written every day. Just one page a day.
- And the marathon (you are crazy Beth) is 26 miles (give or take a few yards). Training for it is running a little every day. The marathon training web site says your longest training run should be 18-20 miles and that you should run only 4 times a week. Okay, that isn’t 18-20 miles 4 times a week– it’s 3-5 miles, four times a week–at least in the beginning.
The other point of making a resolution is to actually enjoy the process as much as the goal. I love to knit and crochet. I also like instant gratification (who doesn’t). What is more gratifying than being able to complete a cute little circle during a House or Bones episode? I could do some ginger during The Big Bang Theory. And making sushi is going to make me want to eat it and that will help me lose weight! How’s that rationale?
I’ve discovered that even the most mundane tasks, when done with purpose and intent, aren’t horrid and can even be enjoyable (I do draw the line at the litter box). Doing dishes without purpose and intent is frustrating and exhausting–another set of dishes? Do I run a diner or something? Are these kids just opening the cabinets and putting the dishes directly into the sink without even using them? Really, can we not use ONE glass per person per day?
But when I try (hey, I’m a work in progress) to think, “Wow, this water is so warm and the soap is so soft. Isn’t it great that my family has food to put on a table. It might not have been the fanciest meal, but we all sat down together which is an accomplishment in today’s society. And these dishes–my husband picked out these dishes when we registered 1 million years ago. And I have such a wonderful, remodeled kitchen to wash my dishes in. Before, I was stuck in the back of the house, away from the family and now I can be in the same room, watching TV with them or listening to them fight over the Wii remotes—whoa, bring me back to Zen. Warm, soapy water.”
I think you get the picture.
So my tiny New Year’s resolution is to make a sushi scarf. I may finish it in three months, or a year. I will write a little bit, every day. It might be here, it might be in a short story, it might be in a novel. But every day, I will put something on paper–
But, in all things I take on this year, I will attempt to enjoy the process. Happy safe, healthy, prosperous new year, everyone!