Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Is it procrastinating if you're waiting for an electric ball winder?

In my last post I talked a little about Steven Pressfield's book, The War of Art, and the difference between Procrastination and Resistance.

My question today is, is it procrastinating if I'm waiting to ball that pile of yarn because there is an electric ball winder on a FedEx truck somewhere headed my way? (Did you catch my use of the word ELECTRIC?!!) I have been working with one ear alert for the thunk of a package hitting the porch. You see, I have to have two suitcases of yarn ready to go for a date with a plane to Minneapolis on Thursday morning. If the ball winder was here now, the last balls could be done in a flash. But alas, FedEx tells me that its last known location was somewhere near Barnhill, Illinois which is, in fact, nowhere near my doorstep.

It will be here tomorrow. How far can I push the procrastination waiting?

Perhaps the best thing is to start with a survey of what is actually wound. My dear friend and helper was here last month making balls and it could well be that she nailed this workshop and the pile sitting beside the swift downstairs is the lot I have reserved for my YarnFest workshops the end of March.

I'm going downstairs to see...

Ugh. The pile of skeins was so big!

I really thought I had a whole collection of yarn balled up and ready for this workshop. I spent ten confused minutes wandering around the studio and house wondering where I might have left the yarn or perhaps my mind. Finally, it hit me.

I put the yarn away after the Atlanta workshop. As in, on the shelf where it belongs.
Once I inventoried that stash, I only had twenty or so balls to wind. I think I'm going to make it.

Oh, and the answer to the taxes was that it took me a day longer than I'd hoped. It was 10:27 pm Monday instead of the 5 pm Sunday finish I was hoping for. I reached the point where I was spending hour after grumpy hour trying to figure out how to deal with a couple issues. Finally Emily convinced me that unsnarling the things I just don't understand about accounting was actually the accountant's job. I believe that is called wisdom (or perhaps she couldn't take one more minute of the grumpiness).

It is a Nancy's Knit Knacks electric ball winder with yardage counter. Tomorrow it will be here. Never again for THIS:


  1. Your shoulders will thank you for procrasti--, I mean, waiting.

  2. Not procrastination when you're trying to be efficient, Rebecca. Congratulations on your new "electric" winder. It's about time.

  3. I have a Nancy's ball winder (not electric), and I love it! After this last batch of new-to-me-yarn that's really kinky, I'm afraid an electric winder would be a disaster. I'm anxious to hear how it works out for you.

    You're not procrastinating, you're just resting before the balling-up-yarn marathon begins.


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