i have not had much time for knitting and spinning this past 9 months. my “day” job has been taking up an enormous part of my evenings and nights, not leaving much time for a lot of frills (such as home-cooked meals, cleaning, sorting junk, working down my stash; although funny thing, my stash is growing at it’s usual rate . . . how does stuff like that happen???). i have put some serious, SERIOUS time in at work lately.
anyway, by some star-crossed concidence (blessings to whatever higher being is behind this; my sympathies to those who are not in the same karma pool at this moment), i’ve actually had two (TWO) very low-key work weeks in a row, RIGHT at the same time as the olympics! unheard of, seriously. i finished my olympic project MUCH earlier than expected, given the estimated time i thought i would have, and started several other projects i dreamed up while knitting the wooster shawl (scroll down to feb 19).
this is a new shawl. it is for a friend, and will be a smaller square; one that could be thrown over her lap or shoulders, but still very lightweight. this is an emergency project, the need for which came up suddenly and without warning, so i have dropped almost everything else to work on it. i want to get it out to her ASAP to cheer her up (please tell me it looks like it might cheer her up).
i made up the little flower-like thingies in each corner as i went (ok, i’m making the whole thing up as a i go, so sue me!). i just hope that touch won’t end up looking dorky.
and this next is a wide lace scarf or stole, which i talked about before, made from my birthday yarn. an example of something that got started last weekend and is exactly where i laft off with it sunday. i LOVE it!, i just don’t have time right this minute to work on it, because of my friend’s gift.
it’s in the japanese feather stitch from barbara walker’s second treasury of knitting patterns (you know, the book in my studio that is in 11 pieces from being used too much?). i’ve been waiting for years to have the right project and yarn to do this stitch! literally it has had a post-it on it for years.
BTW, i do knit other things besides lace, in fact i have a cabled sweater just barely started. i DO love all knitting; i’ve just been on a sort of lace odyssey for the last couple of months. it will be over soon. maybe.
so, ok, i have several new projects, but i also PROMISED myself (and some other nice people) that i would type up some new patterns (for designs i’ve had ready since the summer), get the next class schedule out, get my taxes done, and get my online shop up and running some time soon, and sort through my closet (my clothes are getting on my nerves; my closet needs a serious clearing out. i HATE having more clothes than i really need at one time; it feeds the compulsive indecision i am perpetually plagued by . . .). what’s that? well yes!, it IS a lot to get done, thank you! i am hacking away at it though! i did the following today:
got the class schedule done; it needs to be proofed and correx made, but it will be in Carol’s hands by monday, YAY!!
got my taxes done today; double-YAY! actually, i have a tax man, but i still had to get all the crap together, sort it, and take it over there. (and yes, i AM getting a return! though i do owe the city $9).
i did start typing the patterns, but got sidetracked by numerous other computer chores (like blogging). i promise to get some done by monday. promise, i SWEAR.
i did not create an online store today. see? you didn’t even notice it wasn’t here!
the online store is gonna take some time to achieve. i am so overwhelmed by the software, i don’t know what to do. there, i said it. plus, i really do have to figure out how to get more people here to LOOK at the site. my two fans (as much as i wuv them; and i DO) do not constitute a customer base. i need more of a strategy. every suggestion is welcome . . .