Sunday, 15 June 2008

Cheep Therapy

So the last few days of camp have been a lot more difficult than I expected. After being a counselor for four years, I decided to join the program staff and teach swimming lessons. It's a very scary transition for me because I don't always do well with change, and it's always difficult to step outside of your comfort zone, and I'm definitely doing that.

In reaction of being pushed out of my comfort zone, I've moved from Knitting (a new, uncertain craft for me) to crochet again, and I've been mass producing washcloths. I've got some cheep cotton yarn and I've been pumping them out. They're both simple and brightly colored and crochet, and they're a source of comfort- one of the first things I learned to use on the hook I got when I was seven, and single crochet... the simplest thing in crochet beyond the chain. I'll have to take some pictures of the ones I've made, but I'm a little behind on uploading pictures onto my computer and thus onto the net. It's been very very busy.

In other news, I'm rather excited because Secret Pal 12 is underway, and I've both contacted my Secret Palee and been contacted by my secret pal. For those of you who don't know, Secret Pal is a circle of people on the net that participate by sending fiber-themed care packages to each other. I have some ideas on what I want to do, but I have a question for those who have participated, and even those who have not. Have you ever received some really cool, creative packages? What made them special? I'm perfectly willing to mine good ideas off others (after all, copying is the highest form of flattery), or use others ideas to jump start my own. I want to make my packages special!

Let me know.

8 comments:

KJo said...

My advice is to just relax and enjoy teaching. I think you'll do a great job!

Turtle said...

yup, if you relax and have fun with it so will they.
Some of my favorite packages have been those where the person took their time with it. It showed, they may have included something hand made or just very unique. i like interesting!

ikkinlala said...

I'm sure you'll do a great job with the swimming lessons.

I've never participated in Secret Pal, but I've received some wonderful packages from other places. What made the best ones so special was that people put in the time and effort to consider my interests and preferences. Also, when the package is coming from a long distance away it's always nice to get a little something that's local to the sender.

Andey Layne said...

Teaching swimming? You'll be great. After all, if you can knit and crochet you can do anything. Right?

vinny said...

Hi, this is Vinny from the Sci Fi KAL :) I'm trying to join you up but I need your email address to do it.. please contact me, my own email is on the Rules page of the SFKal (i've changed email addys recently and am just catching up).

jcgenzie-and-co said...

I'm sure you'll do fine. And if you don't at least you'll get a bunch of washcloths out of the process!

Turtle said...

you've been awfully quite....how are you doing?

5elementknitr said...

How does one get in on these Secret Pal Swaps? I've read about them but never found a way for newbies to get in. I'm addicted to Swap-bot and have done almost 200 swaps there! Love the swappin'.

My favorite packages were ones that were well thought out and easy to open. Wrapping stuff is nice but when each and every tiny thing is in it's own individual package, I feel bad for all the paper wasted. Also, if things are taped so much it's hard to get into, it's just annoying!

What fun!

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