Last week was my birthday. All my gifts this year fell distinctly in to two categories. Either a gift card to my absolute favorite place, Atticus Coffee & Gifts, or yarn. Even the yarn came with tea and coffee related paraphernalia. I maintain that while it is perfectly acceptable and normal to have favorites you can also love two either/ors equally. I am a coffee AND tea person.
Atticus Coffee & Gifts is this incredible local treasure of a coffee shop and gift store. It is part two of the two part must see local fare in Spokane.
Gift cards and yarn have one thing in common, they are open ended. You have to decide what to buy or what to make. This is a lot of fun but can also be paralyzing. You can end up being so overwhelmed by choice that you never do anything or make a hasty decision and end up unsatisfied or disappointed. Side note, this is something called analysis paralysis if you are a Gretchen Rubin listener and is also related to maximization.
I've already spent the gift cards. Instead of having to decide what of all the little things I love from Atticus to get, I combined my gift cards to purchase a more expensive item that I have had my eye on but would never have just purchased on a whim. I got this incredible and huge bag from Maika Goods. This purchase was also crossing something off my to do list that I have been agonizing over, for more then a year. I desperately needed to upgrade my purse to something larger. With knitting and starting a new business I needed something that could carry a lot and not look ridiculous. I can not tell you the number of things I worried about when thinking about what kind of bag to get. The list of concerns and desires was absurd and I was sure that the only answer was a mythical being. The perfect bag. While not perfect, the bag I did get covers the most important parts of how I will actually use it and I feel really good about my decision. It's amazing how much impact something so silly seeming can have on your happiness.
My brother got me the Literary Gentlemen Kit from Knit Picks. Amazing! The look on his face when I made a horribly girly and high pitched noise upon opening my present. The kit is incredible. It comes with a 2 cup teapot from London Pottery, a Jane Austen mug, tote and project bag and 12 skeins of Alpaca Cloud Fingering Yarn. I don't know why but I got it in to my head that I should try and make something out of all the yarn. One project. I know I want to make a huge wrap. I looked at something like 100 patterns on Ravelry and put out a call on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I think I've decided to split the kit into two more complimentary color groups and make two knit wraps. Lady Mary by Jade Starmore from Tudor Roses by Jade Starmore and Outline by Beata Jezek.
My sister got me a skein of Madelinetosh Prairie in Earl Grey. The yarn and hand knit hearts were happily nestled in a coffee mug that she got from Atticus. The mug reads "It's too early for you to say things." It was literally perfect. I'm particularly fond of lace weight yarn and have wanted to try this yarn and color for ages. This is where I haven't yet decided what to make.
I bought myself some new clothes for myself and the shirt I bought is one of those pieces of clothing that just feels perfect and you need to get it in every color. Clothes should make you feel good. When I was binging Ravelry for all my new yarn I stumbled on this sweater pattern that I already had favorited and now need to make because it is the same shape of the new shirt I have. Benton by Julie Hoover from the Brooklyn Tweed Winter 14 collection.
Do you have making decisions when there are lots of options?
How do you decide?