I made a big decision 3 months back which I'm only just beginning to feel the effects of. I stopped paying my TV lisence and it has now run out. I decided that I would like to try life without the constant stream of available programmes. I've grown up with TV and it's been a constant in my life. Anti TV people say it zombifies you and deadens the mind, and to be perfectly honest I agree, but this is exactly the effect I look for and why I enjoy watching it. You see I have a very busy mind and watching TV helps me to 'zone out' and think of nothing. Which for me is blissful. I'm normally doing something else whilst watching, be it knitting, crochet, computering and even ironing. However, I found I that I had got into the habit of sitting down in the morning, switching on the set, then looking up a couple of hours later and wondering where my day had gone. Some of you may be thinking "why go to the extreme of cancelling, why doesn't she just not turn on the TV in the first place?", which I grant you is an excellent point. However, I have zero will power. Absolutely none. And habit is a strong thing. So the executive decision was made. Fear not for my sanity though, or my child (who could do with watching less too anyway), all is not lost. I have access to the BBC i player through my Wii. Which has a suprising amount of programmes available, including just about everything on CBBC. Plus I'll probably be renting a couple more films from the library to cover my evenings. It's my time during the day that I am hoping to spend more proactively. So far so good this week. I've watched a few programmes that I'm catching up with past episodes, so this should wean me off and stop the shakes! Do you all have a staple TV diet?
In yarn related news, I finally received a delightfully squishy package this week. I've been waiting ever so patiently. I had to pre-order a few colours and so was prepared for the 2-3 weeks wait as indicated on the website, but after passing into the forth week my patience abruptly stopped and I had to make a chase up call. I was informed that they had all but two of the colours, but these could take another couple of weeks to arrive. When enquiring why this was I was told they come from Germany and were on pre-order. Why they didn't come through with the other colours and why they don't say on the website it can actually take 6 weeks to arrive I don't know. Instead I was pacified with the colours that were ready being posted that day and the others sent on when they arrive. I would much rather people be honest and up front about things. I may be being too hard but I guess next time I'll be using a different website when I want that yarn again.
The yarn I bought is Rico Creative Cotton. The colours are gorgeous and are just what I need to inject some brights into my prefered muted tones. There are many projects I have in mind for these colourful little bundles of cotton that the acrylic I usually use just don't seem right to use.
Plus I couldn't resist a sneaky luxury buy too. I got a ball of Noro Sekku. It's a lace weight and I'm hoping I should be able to make a small shawl with just the one ball. I justified it by wanting to start to experience knitting with different types of yarn. A lace pattern for a shawl will also be a challenge. And one, no doubt, I'm sure to learn from! Anybody got any good patterns in mind?
Peace Out x