Tired, but it’s for a good reason

Today I had a lesson at noon. I was feeling kinda “eh”, just tired, and a bit worn out. John took a mental health day today (he fell asleep on the sofa last night at 8:30 and slept until 9:30am, so he needed it) and I convinced him to drive me down to the shop for my lesson and we’d do lunch right after and then head back here where I would need to get back to work.

So we go down. And I set up and wait. While I’m waiting on my student, Debbie gets in from doing some work at the school and tells me that someone called and wanted to schedule a lesson for her 12 year old daughter and she penciled her in for 2pm today (since I was already there). I wasn’t super thrilled with the idea (see above and that I was feeling “eh”), but John was okay with it and so we rolled with it.

My 12pm student was awesome and picked it up really quickly. I tempted her into taking another lesson with the promise of teaching her how to do a foundation row without the foundation chain. So she’s scheduled (and prepaid) for the 21st at noon.

While that student was paying and wrapping up, I met with my 12 year old and her mother. I showed them which yarn to get and was preparing to take a few minutes to decompress (there’s 30 minutes between lessons) when the mom asked if I would teach two people at the same time. I told her as long as it’s two people who already know one another I have no problem with it. Turns out she decided to take the class, too. Which was good because the poor girl had been at an all night sleepover/lock-in thing and was exhausted and basically crashed in the middle of the lesson.

So, after the issues on Tuesday, this made up for it.

Granted, I didn’t get back here until after 5pm (we stopped for food since we skipped lunch), and I haven’t gotten done the things I wanted to get done. But, I did get paid and that’s always nice.

So I’ll be working late tonight. I need to send in the submission as soon as John gets done mowing the lawn and hooks up the scanner for me (it’s an old scanner and only works on one computer). And I need to swatch for the yarn company project and get pics of those taken and sent to my contact.

I am still debating taking tomorrow off. Part of me says I deserve it, especially since I’ve worked through 2 weekends in a row. And I’m caught up and ahead of schedule on my projects. The other part of me says I should just keep working and get even further ahead. Ugh. I will likely take tomorrow off. I need to get a good start on my Ravelympics entry. So I’ll work tonight and then take a couple days to relax and crochet something for me.

PSA regarding lessons

If you sign up to take a lesson at a shop, please understand that unless the instructor is on staff at the shop, he or she is likely driving to be there. Some of us drive a ways to teach at a shop we love. If you think you might not make it, then please, for the love of yarn, CALL the shop at least the day before. If you can’t do that, then at least call with enough notice that someone can get then get a hold of the teacher.

So yeah. Got a call this morning (about 30 minutes before I left) that my noon lesson was canceled. No biggie, get some work done, eat some lunch, and then head out for my 2pm lesson. Get there early, set up the room, help Debbie with some color selections for a yarn order, pet the new yarns that came in, and wait. And wait. 2pm arrives and there’s no student. Debbie calls and finally gets a hold of someone who tells her that the student wouldn’t be making it. Great.

Needless to say, there is now a newly instituted policy of deposits required to hold lesson times. I just wasted 2 hours and $10 in gas to get down there to turn around and come home. Going to go get back to work now and hope that I can get into a better mood.

Quick catch up

Wednesday night was fun. A bunch of the gals from the crochet group met me and John up at Applebee’s and we had food and fun and I signed magazines for everyone. Dani got a bunch of pics so I share those with you now….

Dani getting frustrated because I’m reading my menu instead of signing her magazine.

I’m finally signing her magazine.

What I signed. Yes, she is my business manager. And she keeps me in line.

Me and my pattern. (Please excuse the goofy look and the double chin….I’d already started drinking my peach sangria). Oh, and that’s Dani’s editing. ๐Ÿ™‚

John and Margarita.

The whole gang.

Thursday there wasn’t much that happened. I crocheted until I couldn’t crochet anymore and was able to stay on schedule.

Today I went over to Dani’s and hung out with her and Margarita all day. I still got my work done for the day so that made me happy. I’m now well over half way done. Which is good because next week yarn will be coming from the yarn company and I need to write 3 patterns and get it sent back to them by the end of the month.

Also today, there was an article about A Yarn Outlet in the Bradenton Herald. And apparently the phones have been ringing off the hook. So I now have 2 more lessons scheduled for this week. I’ll have 2 on Tuesday and one on Thursday. I’m now more glad than ever that I have been staying on task. Granted, this means that I’m less likely to get to take time off to compete in Ravelympics. Oh well. I’ll do what I can.

Tomorrow is another day at Dani’s with Margarita. John will be working in the garage so he said he didn’t mind if I was gone all day. I will be working over the weekend to get myself a bit more ahead. Monday I may have jury duty and so I will lose time to work on this project at that point.

Okay, that’s all from me. Have a great weekend everyone!

Edited to fix link!

End of week update

Thursday morning I woke up still a bit stiff from the near fall on Tuesday. As I was getting ready to start my work day, Debbie called and I found out that I wouldn’t have to go down there on Friday to do the photography. Which was a big weight off my mind as I was a bit worried about moving around and up and down and such if I was still a bit stiff. So I decided to take the day off.

I worked on a shawl (Blue Curacao from Doris Chan) and generally had a lazy day. No pics yet as I want to get it done first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our A/C started giving us more problems (I had noticed that it was getting warm during the day but chalked it up to it being so blasted hot outside) on Thursday night. By bedtime it was still 82 degrees in the house. So John stayed home on Friday to start making calls to get it fixed.

We ended up on standby service on Friday with the company that installed it (since the unit itself still had a warranty). We kept the blinds shut, the ceiling fans on, and tried not to move too much. It was not a day for crocheting.

We ran out to get lunch (too hot to try to cook) and swung through Lowe’s because John needed some screws for the transmission of his bike. They had a 44″ ceiling fan with light kit on sale for $49 so we picked up it and a remote unit (we have the bedroom fan on remote and it’s awesome). Got home and John installed it in my studio for me. It’s awesome.

That afternoon we got the phone call that they weren’t able to fit us in, but had us scheduled for 8am on Saturday. Okay, we’d make that work. We grilled burgers outside and again just sat and tried not to move around too much.

I did, however, start on a birthday gift for Margarita. We were going to her birthday party the next day and I just felt like I should make her something. I kept going back to the Initial Design from the “Your Name and More in Filet Crochet” leaflet that I had. So I decided to do it. But not in thread. I wanted to make it in blue since it’s her favorite color, but I only had that in size 3 fashion thread. So I did it in that.

Started it around 7pm, worked until midnight and then went to bed. I got up this morning at 7 and after taking care of morning duties with the animals I got back to it. I finished it at 9:15am. I finished just as the A/C guy was finishing up (he arrived right at 8am). I was able to get it blocked and wrapped in plenty of time to leave.

Oh, and the A/C….we were low on coolant and the valve was busted. Thankfully, the valve (a $300 part) was covered under warranty. The coolant and service call weren’t, so that did cost us a bit over $300, but it could have been worse. And the house cooled down quickly and felt wonderful. We think the valve had been going out for a while because my studio is the coolest it’s been since I started wanting to work in there.

Okay, so here’s what you come to this blog for. The picture of the birthday gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

I made her open the gift before we left (it was an all day party and we left shortly after cake) so I could see if she liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ She loved it. I’m glad. I know she tends to give away most of her doilies she makes, so it was nice to make something for her that she could keep. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonight we’re just resting. Not sure the plans for tomorrow but I may try to finish the sock I’m working on. Tonight I think I’m going to see about finishing the shawl. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Busy week already

Yesterday’s lesson went well. She’s taking another lesson from me next week. I’m not sure how many will be needed…that’s up to her. I want her to be comfortable and able to complete the project she wants to complete.

We had a bit of a scare last night. I was already tired from working at the shop (we’re getting all the yarns written down and Friday I’ll be there all day doing photos for the website). I was carrying dishes back to the kitchen and had to walk over the sleeping dog. Normally, this is never an issue. He just lays there, maybe lifts his head, but mostly just lays there. Not last night. He decided last night that it was a perfect time to try to stand up. While I was mid step. I didn’t fall, I didn’t drop the dishes, but I did land hard on my back leg in trying to stay upright.

Well, my left hip is my bad one due to an injury in high school and that flared up. Within 5 minutes my leg was getting tingly and hurting. So I stopped what I was doing, stretched my hip back into place (it’s what the physical therapist told me to do back then) and then promptly went to bed to keep weight off of it.

Today I’m better, just stiff and sore all over from the shock of how hard I stepped (gotta love Fibromyalgia…the littlest things cause the biggest pain sometimes). But I was able to finally get the website info updated (it’s not updated on the site, gotta wait on my webmaster to get home from work so he can load it), get a submission ready to go tomorrow, and got over half the inventory entered into the computer.

Tomorrow will be another low-key day except for a quick trip to the post office and bank. Then it will be back here to finish the inventory info before heading out for a full day at the shop on Friday.

New things to look for on the website (later tonight, not now): the latest patterns are up and the best thing to me is I finally got a calendar on there. Now you can see when I have things scheduled. The only things on there are lessons that are actually scheduled, not lesson openings. I also only have the typical workday stuff on there. So no household stuff will be listed, but I will list when I’m at meetings and such that the public is invited to. I’ll also block out days when I plan on doing office work or design work. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, John just got home so my workday is over. Have a good day!

What I did with my weekend

Friday I published the pattern for the Ave Maria pattern (see the post below). I’m excited that it’s done. It’s such a relief to know that it’s done. It ended up being 6 pages long and has color pictures and charts. I hope people enjoy it.

I also finished the blue dishtowel I was working on. In this picture you can see it hanging next to the first one I made. As you can see, the blue one looks a little bit wavy on the edges. However, this does go away after it’s washed and used.

Friday afternoon we headed out for a party at Dani’s house. It was a lot of fun. I’m not going into a lot of details since this is my professional blog. But we ate a lot of food and blew up a lot of fireworks.

Saturday I spent recovering from the party and fighting off a cold that had been bothering me since Thursday afternoon. I didn’t crochet at all because I just couldn’t deal with it.

Sunday I slept the end of the cold away. I also finally felt like crocheting so I finished my purple socks and started on the next pair. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a pic of that:

Today I’m doing a lot of paperwork. I’ve already sent off the calendar for the shop to the paper, I’ve typed up my lesson plan for tomorrow’s lesson, and I’m about to do my samples for that. Then I’m going to do my updates for the website so when John gets home he can put them on the server. I also need to finish up the paperwork for the submission and get it ready to go out the door tomorrow.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Time to get back to work!

A great end to the week!

I finished tweaking the pattern for the Bridesmaid Dress Sachet. I’m waiting for info from the tester and then it’ll be released. ๐Ÿ™‚ So hopefully over the weekend.

I also got a call from Debbie this morning. The class schedule ran in the paper this morning and she already got a call for a lesson! Woo hoo! So, here’s hoping some more pop up.

After I finished working on the sachet pattern I straightened up the studio (again). It gets messy so fast when I’m in the middle of working on things. But now we’re back to being organized.

I also got my iPod updated with podcasts so I could listen to them in the studio. That will make it easier to work in there without having to drag the laptop in to heat the room up more. It was really hot after working only an hour in there today.

Anyway, time to work on the sock some more. I’m finishing work early today since I’m caught up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow I’ll be gone all day with John at his dad’s house. Have a great weekend everyone!

Busy day yesterday

I got a lot done yesterday. I finished the final finishing on the baby dress sample. Here’s the pics of that (front and back). Aren’t the little baby buttons just precious?

I also did some straightening up around the house and my studio. Then I finished weaving in the ends to the broomstick lace wrap. I also repaired Dani’s comfortghan that had gotten a hole in it a while ago (and I’ve had it the whole time, but it got buried in the studio for a while and then I just kept putting it off because I hate doing repair work).

I was stuck at home until around noon yesterday because I was waiting for John’s motorcycle frame to get picked up for powder-coating. So once the guy came to get it, I hit the road.

Headed down to A Yarn Outlet to drop off the dress, stood and chit chatted with Debbie and a few patrons and then headed back. I decided to take street level roads rather than the interstate to see if it cut some of the travel time out (taking the interstate makes me make a big L shape drive where as the street level highway slopes from one point to another). I missed the turn to take 301 and stayed on 41. Not a big deal since both roads hit my road easily.

Well, I am glad I went that way. Sometime after I was traveling (not sure what time it happened, no news outlet is saying) there was a huge wreck on the interstate that caused a tanker truck to flip down onto 301 (right by where I would have come out had I taken the turn) and explode. Now both roads are closed (northbound on the interstate opened this morning) indefinitely while they look at the damage caused. Yikes. Thoughts are with the tanker truck driver as he’s in the hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 80% of his body. He had skidded the truck trying to avoid the accident and it flipped off the highway.

So I get home and work on a few other things and then get a shower. Then it was off to our crochet meeting at a new location. We met up with Margarita and Richard for our usual pre-meeting dinner and then headed over. We are totally in love with this new place. The staff was so friendly, the place totally comfortable, and very well lit. Cafe Kili is definitely going to be our new meeting location. Awesome.

Today I’m working on the tree skirt. I might or might not have a class tonight at Joann’s. I have to call again later because as of now there are 2 enrolled. Unfortunately, corporate won’t allow me to teach just 2. They cancel the class unless there are 3. The person who answered the phone at the store didn’t know if it was going to be canceled or not since there may be enrollment forms that haven’t been entered into the computer. Ugh. I need to run to the bank, but I’d really like to only have to drive that way once today. If I have a class then I’ll leave early and hit the bank. Otherwise, once I find out that I don’t have a class then I’ll go up.

I also need to do a bit of cleaning today and tomorrow. John’s Aunt Nelcy and Aunt Luz are coming down this weekend to visit us. I can’t wait. After this I will have met all the aunts. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I need to do a bit of freshening up (vacuum, clean the bathroom, etc).

Okay, time to get back to work. I’d like to finish round 3 of the tree skirt today. If I do, pictures will be forthcoming.

Something done, somethings started

Today I finished my jazzy hot socks. I really do love this pattern ’cause it’s so easy and now I have it memorized and don’t need the instructions anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here they are:

Now I’ve got to figure out what to work on. I may work some more on this. This is a project that started itself. Honest. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, that would be the Vintage Vertical Stripe (VVS) afghan. Yes, it’s only going to be in black and white. It is going pretty quickly (20 minutes to do one row of 250 stitches).

Tomorrow during “work crochet” time I’ll be working on this:

It’s China Doll from the cover of the latest Interweave Crochet. The yarn is Dale of Norway Stork. It’s for a sample for A Yarn Outlet. Can I just say that I’m LOVING doing crochet sample work? ‘Cause I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, time to figure out what to work on for the rest of the day. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

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