Back into the swing of things

First, let’s do today’s swatch:

From 365 Crochet Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

Date: March 10th
Stitch name: Shells on Parade
Hook used: J / 6.0mm
Yarn used: Worsted Weight Acrylic

Texture: This has a subtle texture due to the Back Loop stitching.

Drape: It has good drape in WW with a J hook. Drape could easily be adjusted with yarn and hook size choices.

Opacity: This is a rather opaque stitch.

Comments / Thoughts: I like this variation on shells. It is a really neat stitch and I like the texture from it.

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In other news, I’ve finally shook my lack of motivation with crochet. I’m working on a submission piece. I have another one I want to work on after this. I feel good about them both. I wish I could show you, but on the one I’m working on now, even an extreme closeup would be too easy to figure out. And showing pics is a big no no in the publishing world. Even Ravelry is a dangerous place to show things in the works (if it’s a submission piece) because while it’s still invite only, there are a lot of people in the publication world on there. So that’s why there’s always fun pics in my spots for submission pieces. 🙂 It allows me to put a spot in there if I need to keep track of things, but keeps things top secret. My new plan is to wait until it’s published and then enter the info. 🙂 Now that I’m way more organized it’s easier to just keep the details in the pattern itself.

Today I go to pick up my items from the Strawberry Festival. I’m still waiting on pics from Kerry of my stuff up in the display. When I get home I will take pics of the items with my ribbons.

I’ve started on a sweater for a former coworker. I’m using a pre-published pattern so I have time to just relax and not have to work and do math. 🙂 It’s a hoodie pattern from Bernat. I like it. I’m making it in Softee Baby which I love.

I also need to go to the bank today on my way home from the pickup. I’ve got a teaching check to deposit and hopefully the money from the ribbons. 🙂

John and I had a good talk yesterday about how things are going for me. He made a very good point. I’m already operating in the black and I’ve only been at this for less than a year. Now, I’m not a whole lot in the black, but I’m keeping my head above water. While I’m not expecting to get rich doing this (I am being practical), I would like to make a bit of a profit. But he said he’s really proud of me. I’m about to be published in a magazine, I’ve sold my own patterns, I’ve taught lessons both in and out of the store, and people are starting to recognize my work and appreciate it. Sometimes it takes John pointing out to me what I’ve done for me to pull my head up out of the yarn long enough to look at things. So yeah, I’m doing pretty well. 🙂

Okay, back to work. I’d like to get this swatch done and ready to go by Wednesday. 🙂