This week’s WIP post is the first that will include more than just my fibre-work. I’m adding in other areas of my life.
I’m working on a few things this week.
My Amulet Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade
Arielle on Newport Bridge (a design sample)
Bettina at the Beach (a design sample)
But I’ve also dug into my WIP basket to see what was really inside. I found four sets of partial socks, two for me, one for my eldest nephew and one for my great-nephew; a knit spa cloth sample; a crochet shawl sample; two headband samples; a bag of yarn for a hat for my great-nephew to match a colour work sweater I knit him; a bag of squares for a sock blanket sample; and a bag of leftover Aran yarn, needles and hook from the Damia Hat and Cowl-did I plan to make matching mittens? And this doesn’t include three sample blankets and a shell stored elsewhere or my UFOs (unfinished objects) that are probably still packed from my move last year.
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Spirituality Without Structure by Nimue Brown
The Bee Cottage Story by Frances Schultz
I also have book WIPs:
The Mindfulness Solution to Pain by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
Manage Your Day-To-Day by 99U
Put Your Budget On A Diet by Kimberly Eddy
Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie Langford
Pack Lightly Stylishly by Amanda Jimenez
The Art of Minimalist Organization by Ben Night
Seeking the Mystery by Christine Hoff Kraemer
The Scent of Magic by Andre Norton
Scarcity by Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan
Hedgewitch Book of Days by Mandy Mitchell
The Woman’s Fibromyalgia Toolkit by Drs Atul Deodhar and Dawn Marcus
Knitter’s Almanac, Commemorative Edition by Elizabeth Zimmermann
One Magic Square by Lola Houbein
DIY Chick Lit by Alicia de los Reyes
The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente
Market Yourself by Tara Swiger
Enough Already by Alan Cohen
I have lots of book WIPs! I didn’t realize how many books I had partly read. I wasn’t so bad with these until I started getting idevices. Now I not only have my Kobo Glo but also the Kobo app, the Kindle app, PDF Expert app and iBooks app. It’s too easy to have books started on all my devices!
Have you noticed a theme?
Books and yarn are a major part of my life!
I’ve been working on quite a few different projects. I’ve worked on my own designs and on another person’s design. As a result I have lots of WIPs to show you today.
Here’s my knit blanket sample:
It’s longer than when you last saw it. It may be going on hiatus for the summer. A blanket on your lap during the hot months is not ideal.
I worked on my Snips and Snails socks. The first sock is finished except for weaving in ends and I’m heading down the leg of the other!
I pulled my Rona Socks out of the WIP basket when I needed a mindless knit project. The ribbing and about 5 cm of leg was completed before. I’m at the point of starting the heel now.
I’ve been working on a design. It will either be a shrug or a shell. Right now I’m leaning towards a shell.
The main thing I am working on however is a shawl from another designer’s pattern. I joined Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade’s The Shawl Society. It’s a mystery knit-a-long with a twist. There are six shawl patterns being published one per month starting June 9. Each is published in its entirety but we only get hints about it beforehand. I joined in to expand my knitting skills and because I love shawls! There are mini-KALs for each shawl and an overarching KAL for the six. Prizes are involved. So is a great knitting community. The forum thread on Ravelry for this first shawl, Talisman Shawl, grows by leaps and bounds. I’m pages behind on the thread-I think there are over eighty pages now! I love the pattern and Helen’s design layout. It’s almost addictive to work on the shawl.
I’ve been working on a few different projects in the last few weeks. I’ve worked on my own designs and on an Ann Budd sock pattern.
Here’s my knit blanket sample. It’s grown a lot but didn’t get finished in time for my nephew’s birthday?. It’s about ten cm longer though.
Here’s part of my crochet king size blanket. Assembly has begun! It’s a slow process though since there are so many motifs.
It’s Wednesday again – the days just seem to fly lately! I have three WIPs to show you this week. The big afghans are still waiting in the sidelines while I work on smaller things.
First is a new design for a headband. It just needs the ends woven in! And the pattern written and proper photos and testing and tech editing!
Second is the familiar blanket design/birthday gift for my nephew. I swear it is growing but slowly.
Third, is this pair of socks I pulled out of hibernation the other day. They’ve been packed away for quite a while. I’d forgotten how much I like to work with wool and tiny sharp needles. I missed them. And I want new me made socks for next winter. I started these socks on April 21, 2014; it’s time to finish them! They are my Snips and Snails Socks using Ann Budd’s 7 stitches per Inch Sock using Yarn Love Elinor Dashwood (a merino/nylon sportweight) in the Snips and Snails colourway using 3.25 mm (US 3) HiyaHiya Sharp dpns.
I have two FOs (finished objects) today! And they are both old ones!
I don’t remember when I first started this one. I think the yarn is from Tanis Fiber Arts but I don’t remember the colourway other than it was leftovers. It’s wasn’t in my Ravelry Projects until today. When I couldn’t find it there I tracked down the pattern page and entered it in. But it’s finished now which is great because I’m growing out a pixie cut. It’s the perfect time for a headband.
This one I started on May 9, 2014. I was one of the testers for the design. I finished the knitting on Nov. 23, 2014 but today I finished weaving in the ends. It still needs blocking so you may/may not consider it complete. I do. Unblocked the long edge is more than my wingspan! I’m afraid to see how big it grows during blocking!
I don’t know why I waited so long on the finishing these. Life just got in the way I guess. I loved the Drachenfels and planned on making another. I have too many projects on the go right now but when I get those under control maybe…
I have many Works In Progress (WIPs) but only a few are active so those are the ones I’ll talk about today. All three are design samples, two for the same design.
This is a Jayven Blanket in the double bed size. The finished product, once photographed, will be donated to a refugee family coming here soon. The squares are complete. I just need to join them and add the border.
This is a Jayven Blanket in a king bed size. I’m working on the last rounds on the squares.
And this is the JJ Afghan. It’s about a third complete. It depends if JJ, my nephew slows on the growth spurts. The finished sample will be his fifth birthday gift.
I didn’t intend there to be such a big gap in posting except for the Wednesday Quote which I pre-schedule. So much has happened this year. So much has changed. Yet, so much has remained the same. I don’t quite know where to start. My health has steadily deteriorated. My finances are in shambles. I’m losing my house. I have had to apply for social assistance. I have applied for disability through the federal program and will be applying through the provincial program soon.
I have realized publishing a book by the month with two designs per chapter was unrealistic. I am now holding off publication until February 2016. This will allow time for proofreading and copy writing the chapters more thoroughly. It will allow for test crocheting and test knitting of the designs in addition to the current technical editing. As designs are ready, I will continue to publish them in the pattern only ebook on Ravelry. This will hopefully give me the time I need to get back on track. I have not stopped writing and I have not stopped designing. But only the writing is up to date. I have had multiple issues with one of the March designs. This led to delays in the other designs as I ripped out a completed shawl and restarted twice only to rip out again. Now I have switched the design completely and it seems to be going well. I have two designs that only require corrections before publication. I have two designs that just need to be properly written out from my notes and formated before sending to the tech editors. I have three other designs that I am crocheting and knitting samples and making notes for. That still puts me behind on designs. I should be working on my fifteenth and sixteenth.
I am working on improving my health as much as possible and will be moving in with my mother upon the foreclosure. I have a family that loves and supports me. I am learning as much as possible about running a creative business successfully.
I have learned to live on much less than my full-time old wage. I have come to terms with the fact that returning to my old job is not going to happen. I have realized I may never be able to hold a standard job again. But, I also realized that’s ok. My job did not define me. I have that privilege. I get to chose who I am. I’m still figuring out who that will be, but, I know I am a creative entrepreneur and writer.
I discovered Saturday I’m not as ready to leave this house as I thought. I know I have to leave. I can’t pay my mortgage, never mind the bills and groceries that come with living on your own. But, as Mum drove me home from laundry and supper at her place it hit me. One day soon she won’t be driving me home after laundry and supper. One day soon I won’t be living in my forever home. When I bought this house ten years ago, I thought I was buying the house I would live in for the rest of my life. But now I’m leaving it unwillingly.
I don’t know yet when I have to be out of the house. Part of me wants to be gone before I get the date from my mortgage company and another part of me wants to stay until the very last day. I guess it’s time to start packing.
11/08/2015-edited to correct spelling and grammar
Did you see my guest interview on the Kate the (Almost) Great blog? It went live this morning! If you followed the interview to my site, welcome!
This week didn’t show much in the way of results. I spent lots of time sleeping off a flare. But as you can see a few things did get accomplished.
A few of these were impulse decisions. I’ve been considering ways to blog more. A column on what I’m reading seemed obvious since I read almost daily and hope to increase my reading time. I joined the Cooperative Press Affiliate program as soon as it was announced a while ago but didn’t actively look for more until this week. I don’t want to clutter my web pages with advertisements to other businesses so affiliate links seem a good compromise on adding income to the business. I’ve been accepted for a few, turned down for one and a few are pending approval still.
Affiliate links cost nothing to the reader. I insert a link regarding for example one of CP’s books, like Market Yourself, that I’m reading or using. You click the link. If you then purchase an item I receive a small commission. If you don’t buy nothing happens. As soon as I figure out how to use them I’ll start inserting affiliate links in my future posts and on my pages. As time permits, I’ll go through and add them to past posts.
Here’s what’s planned for this week. For anyone new, I always over-schedule then choose the task based on my energy level and fogginess. I have yet to complete everything on my plan!
Let’s hope I do better this week!