A whole lotta little stuff

Just a quick update for today.

1. FLAMIES! They’ll be announced tomorrow night on Getting Loopy. If you can’t listen live, you can listen to the archived show (I’ll post when that’s available). It should be a great show. I can’t wait to hear who won (including if I won!). So go listen tomorrow night at 9pm EST and join in on the chat room fun, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. I finished one sleeve for the sweater. I haven’t sewn it in yet, but it looks like perimeter wise, it will fit. I have discovered one thing that made me sad. While my final measurements matched my schematic, I no longer match the medium size. Boo. So this sweater, when finished, will be modeled by Sally, not by me. Oh well. I will start cleaning up the notes and turning them into a pattern and will possibly self-publish it after I have it tested.

3. I am working on a project for the yarn company that is awesome. I love the yarn and I love the colors. I’ll try to figure out a way to get a neat sneak peek shot to show you. That will be my work all this next week.

4. Submission proposal went out the door on Friday. Now comes the waiting part, which I stink at. I also need to get to work on more submission projects, but that will need to wait until the following week. I need to bust out the yarn company project first.

5. I finally painted the storage nook above the closet in my studio. John’s been after me for a year to get it done and now it is. Granted, the window in the studio is now open because the paint stinks. Ugh. It’s better today than yesterday, so hopefully by tomorrow it’ll be odor free. I guess it’s good that we’re in Florida and it’s in the upper 80s today.

6. Somewhat non-crochet related…John has lost his job. No worries, he was already in process looking for another one and kinda thought this would be coming. Hopefully the irons he has currently in the fire will transform into an actual job. And soon. Otherwise (and here is where it is somewhat crochet related) I’ll be going out to get a part time job to help pay bills. It’ll cut into design time, especially since it’s been almost 2 years since I’ve worked a regular job outside of the home. But, you gotta do what you gotta do in this economy. No worries, we’ll be okay, we were planning for it already.

7. I want to start a new project but I don’t know what. I need something that has some instant gratification right now. I should check out my queue on Ravelry because right now all I do is stand in the studio and stare at my yarn.

So that’s what’s going on right now. Hopefully I will have more interesting things to post later. Check out the blog on Tuesday when I post my thoughts on the Flamies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Whew, what a week!

Sorry about the lack of posting. John’s been home this week and well, after four months of only seeing him on weekends, spending time with him has been way more important than updating this. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also I’ve been busy cleaning and organizing and now can finally show you my studio!

Tuesday we picked up a new laptop for me. It was on clearance and was just such a great deal we couldn’t turn it down. So now I have a shiny new fast laptop. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday we went and picked up the file cabinets and a pretty piece of wood for a new desk for me.

Yesterday was a wash because I had a migraine so I spent most of the day on the sofa.

Today we went and picked up a few desk things (and a week long dry erase board with a tack strip) and I finished the organization.

So, here are the pictures of the new studio. ๐Ÿ™‚ With a few things blocked out ’cause they contain super secret info.

This is the view from my doorway:

Here’s the view of my new desk with the white board and weekly white board above it. I have my plastic organizing drawers to the side and into the corner.

In the corner by the desk you can see my photo/note holder. It holds pictures of my loved ones, things that inspire me, and notes and such.

The next corner I have my crochet chair and side table. Yes, that’s a lava lamp. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a great corner to sit in because throughout most of the day I have great natural light.

Along the other wall (behind me when I’m sitting at the desk) is my fold out table and bookcases. It’s also where my bulletin board is where I tack up swatches to look at them for a while. Also, my TV is in the corner where my two cubbies meet. One cubbie works as a bookcase while the other holds my “inspirational” yarn.

Here is the picture of behind the door. I have an over the door hook to hang my bags on there. I love bags.

And here is where all the rest of my yarn lives. Inside the closet in carefully labeled bins.

Oh, and the picture of my newest bit of decoration…a greyhound rug that likes to put himself right behind my desk chair or right in the middle of the floor.

Okay, I’m off. From the sounds of it, John will be home for at least another week, although he might be at some kind of training next week. We’re not sure yet. Have a great weekend!

Whoops, another week is almost over!

I’ve been busy. Like productive busy, and with that I’ve been neglecting the blog. Sorry.

Now that I have real office hours in the studio, I’ve been getting a lot done. Let’s see, here’s what’s been going on….

Monday: Did a bunch of my business paperwork and found that I’m in the black! Woo! Definitely not by enough that if I had to fend for myself I could survive, but it’s profit and that’s awesome. Not bad for first full year doing this. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also worked on a shawl design that will be published (hopefully) tomorrow.

Tuesday: More work in the studio. Wrote out a rough draft of one of the patterns that has been accepted for publication (I’m waiting on yarn). Finished the shawl design except for the edging. Also hung out with Amber and let her go through the yarn to go out the door.

Wednesday: Getting the “commute” from the living room to the studio down pat. I get up, feed the animals, grab a cup of coffee, check email, then move the laptop into the studio. As Amber said, I just have to watch out for that two cat pileup in the hallway. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also wrote the rough draft for the other pattern that was accepted for publication. And I drew a chart and swatched for an idea for the next CLF book. After lunch I finished up the shawl (including weaving in all ends). Then I decided to cut out of work early. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday: Today was a well deserved day off. Although I did get some work related stuff done. I bought supplies for the CLF book project and did the photo shoot for the shawl (gotta love friends who have land and are willing to stand there and let you take pictures).

So what’s left? Well, tomorrow I will edit the shawl pattern, edit the photos and hopefully get the pattern published on Ravelry and on here. Website changes will have to wait until next week when my webmaster is home. I’m also hoping to start on the CLF design and make it work with the new changes I came up with today.

I had all these grand plans for Monday and then realized that it’s a holiday. And John will be home (it’s his “bench time” week). So I’m taking the day off. Then next week I’m going to try to get a lot of swatching and prep work done on a few other designs by lunch time each day. Then I can take the afternoons off to spend time with John.

In other news I got to wear the Ravelympics sweater today! It was COLD here in Florida. Right now, at 10pm, it’s 51 degrees outside. Hey, that’s COLD for here! It’s supposed to get colder tomorrow and Saturday. We’re hoping that John can catch an earlier flight tomorrow to get home before the weather gets bad up north.

Now it’s time to turn the heat off (yuck, hate running it but it was a bit chilly in the house), take the dog out, then go curl up in bed with a good book and get settled.

Good night!

Update from the weekend

Whew, it’s been a busy week and weekend. Let’s play some catch-up, shall we?


Friday I finished a lot of the cleaning and organizing I had been doing all week. I have one mesh laundry bag STUFFED full and an XL Ziploc Big Bag half over half full of yarn to get rid of. Tomorrow Amber will be coming by to get first crack at the yarn and then I know that Dani and Margarita will likely take the rest of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday evening I finally succumbed to the siren call of the hook. I started another beret and worked slowly, taking many breaks, until John got home from the airport.


Saturday morning we got up and went to Lowe’s to get supplies to run the cable into my studio. That turned into an all day project with John up in the attic for most of the afternoon. Even though it was really nice out (around 70 or so) it got hot quick in the attic.

But we finally got it all hooked up and working. Now I just need to get a remote for the TV because the old one doesn’t quite work (half the numbers work, the volume works, and that’s about it).

We also met a new little friend. A little kitty (maybe 6 months old, no older than a year) came right to me when I called to her (she had been under a car across the street from us). She hung out for a while in the garage with John and I. We call her Dora because she kept exploring through the garage. She looked good for an outside cat, but no tags. We did feed her a bit of food and some water. John and I keep talking about it and this coming weekend if she’s still coming around then we will at least take her to the vet to see if she’s microchipped. Such a sweet kitty, though.


I finished the beret I started on Friday. No, no pics yet because I’m a loser and haven’t been taking pictures or getting the existing ones off the camera. John and I had a relaxing day before he had to leave for the airport. The nice thing is this will be the last week for this project. Which is really good because otherwise he’d be trying to fly into one of the busiest airports next week (he flies into Baltimore-Washington airport, which is going to be slammed next week for the Inauguration).


Today I got up and worked in the studio. The morning was spent updating my paperwork and spreadsheets to prepare for tax time. The good news is that after one full year of doing this, I’m operating in the black. Not by a lot, mind you. But I’ve made a profit. I still need to sit down and research my taxes, but right now it looks like I might have to pay (but not a lot). While I’ll still have the nice tax lady do my taxes, I like knowing what might be coming before I walk in.

I also worked on a design that I will be self-publishing this month. My goal is to get one self-published each month. I may have to raise my prices, though. After doing my books today I realized that when I first priced my patterns, I didn’t take into account the fees that PayPal takes out. So I might need to go up a bit. I’m going to work on that later this week. They’re not going to sky rocket. I just need to take into consideration the fees.

Work is done for the day, so I’m going to go make dinner. I might crochet tonight, but I haven’t decided. I’m still taking things easy, so I may not crochet. I should have pictures later this week. I’ll see what I can do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great night, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚


Whew. Been a busy day. I’ve been working in the studio all day (off and on, I keep taking breaks so I don’t overdo it). I have now unpacked all the boxes that had miscellaneous yarn in them. I also went through 6 full XL Ziploc Big Bags and got them down to 3 plastic bins. I have filled a mesh laundry bag and halfway filled one of those big bags with yarn to go to others (I give my crochet buds first crack at them….this would be the second set as the first bag got snatched up yesterday). I’ve also thrown out another full bag of garbage.

My white cubbies are almost empty. I plan to fill one side with the pretty yarn (that I call “inspiration” yarn) and the other side with books (because I plan on pulling out the big ugly desk with the bookcase hutch). For the first time ever my closet it actually organized. The bins are labeled and are only filled with yarn I need and will use.

I’m feeling pretty good today. Last night at our meeting one of the gals worked on my arms and showed me where to massage to release the tension in them (she went to massage school). Today I feel a bit bruised where she did some deep tissue work, but that’s the only pain in my arms and wrists. So that’s awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a bit more work to do today. Probably another hour or so’s worth. Then everything else has to wait until John gets home this weekend. I’ve got to move out the old desk. I also have to get 2 file cabinets and a desktop to create a new lighter desk.

Okay, I’ve gotta get back to it. I guess this is the upside to not crocheting this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

The usual suspect

So after some investigating it seems the issue with my wrists (yes, both) is a mild case of tendonitis. Blah.

This week so far has been an exercise in restraint as I am trying hard not to crochet. I have a few times, for about 10 minutes at a pop, just to see if it hurt. It doesn’t, at least not as much as it did on Sunday. So I’ve been resting it, icing it, and doing a lot of stretching.

I’m hoping to get some crocheting done tonight at the meeting. If not, I have graph paper and a pencil since I have to do a floor plan for my studio so John can put in a cable drop this weekend or next.

In other news, SSP#5 goes out the door tomorrow. I was done with the sample and went ahead and did some math and am secure in my directions for the other two sizes. So out it goes….ahead of schedule! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve had two more designs picked up this week and will rest as much as I can until the yarn comes in for those. I also need to finish organizing my studio. And do all my end of year paperwork.

That’s all from me right now (I know, super exciting). I’ve got to feed the dog so I can start getting ready to leave for the meeting.

Change in plans

Over the weekend while crocheting, my wrist started to hurt. Well, not just my wrist, but my forearm as well. Yay. John made me stop crocheting for the day (I was going to rest it, toss my support on, and keep going).

The final decision on the wrist? No more crocheting for the week. I *might* crochet some on Wednesday night only because it’s my crochet meeting. If not, I’ll sit there and sketch and chat.

It’s not seriously injured, but it is sore. So, I will go today to get a more rigid brace to help it heal. No, it’s not carpal tunnel. It’s a fun side effect of my fibromyalgia. And yes, I’ve had it happen before.

I feel this is likely the universe’s way of telling me to take a break after the rush of the last two months. And that my studio is in desperate need of attention. I have to get the room organized and a new floor plan made (we’ll be buying a few new pieces to help with organization) so that John can put a cable outlet in there.

So, there likely won’t be any pictures (or posts for that matter) from me this week. Thankfully I’m ahead of schedule on SSP#5 so I can afford to take the week off. See y’all on the flip side!

Taking some time off

I found out that SSP#4 isn’t due until around Christmas so I decided to take some time off. I’ve been working non stop for so long that I knew I was getting burned out. Not a good place to be. So I decided to take this week to relax, get caught up on some holiday crocheting, and do some crocheting for me.

I reworked the gloves, deciding to drop the slits in them. I’ll just make another pair that are fingerless for wearing out with the dog. But right now I need a pair of gloves that will keep my hands warm. And they do! I wore them the other night when it was cold here. Here’s a pic of them after I finished them:

Hee! I’m watching Katrinka go nuts right now because there is a lizard mocking her on the porch. She can see him, but she can’t get to him because of the sliding glass door. She’s my little huntress. She keeps pawing at the window and trying to get through. Oooh! It just took off from where it was. Now she’s all ready to go out the door and get it.

Anyway, back to photos….

I’ve been working hard on Josalynne’s dress. I’m worried that I didn’t take into account my lengthening it when I ordered the thread. So I’m trying to get it done so I have time to order more if I need it. I need to add about 5″ to the skirt. I’m doing that in what I call the petal parts by adding 2 rows each time. It’s looking good and I’m starting to memorize the pattern. Here’s where I am right now:

And finally, a picture of the memory box Mom made me. I still don’t have it on the wall because I haven’t had time to get in there and clean lately.

My goal is to organize the studio this next week. I will be leaving on Wednesday to fly up to New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving with John up at his Aunt’s house. I’ll be back Saturday night (barring any issues with weather) and then I’ll have Thanksgiving with my family on Sunday. They’re watching Midnight so he can be properly spoiled while I’m gone. The girls will be on their own, but they’ve gone a few days longer than I’ll be gone. So they’ll likely see it as a vacation of their own.

Holiday socks will be the projects that go with me in my carry-on bag. I’m working on one pair for the flight and hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend. I’m taking yarn for another one just to be prepared. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also going to work on some design ideas while I’m gone. I got an email about a new project and I’d like to get in on it. Can I just say how absolutely thrilled it made me to be a part of that email list? It was pretty cool.

I need to do a bit more housework and then I’m hoping to knock out a hat to take with me (they’re having actual cold weather up there) and maybe a scarf if I have enough of the yarn left.

If I don’t post before then, have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving holiday. Remember what makes you truly thankful this year. For me it’s wonderful and supportive family and friends who have been there and put up with me during this last year as I’ve worked to get to where I am now.

A quiet day

Today was a quiet, easy day. No real reason, just enjoying the down time.

I did get to the post office to mail off a package for Amber and her two little boys. It included this blanket for Teddy (the new big brother) made from stash acrylics:

It’s just a basic granny square done big, changing colors every so often. I forgot to measure it before it went out the door, but I’ll say it’s likely 33-34″ across.

I don’t remember if I blogged about the hoodie I made for a friend’s baby earlier in the year. Well, I did, but the baby was HUGE and there was no way the hoodie would fit him. So I stashed it and when I found out Amber was having another boy, I earmarked it for her. I also made a pair of booties to go with it:

And here’s the hoodie from before:

Tomorrow John will be going to meet up with someone from the new job so he’ll be gone all day. He’ll fly out of Tampa around 10am and arrive in Pensacola at 12:30 (our time). Then he’ll pick up his rental and drive out to Ft. Walton Beach for lunch. Then he has to fly back out around 5pm. The weird thing is he’s going through Atlanta first (yeah, I don’t get that either) so he won’t be home until nearly midnight. BUT…I found 2 yarn shops on his journey and he said he should have time to make it to one of them to bring me home sock yarn. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yay! I could get used to his traveling if it means new yarn.

I’ll likely do some studio cleanup tomorrow. I should have done it today, but I just didn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚ Other than that, not a lot going on. SSP#3 made it to the publisher today and the editor wrote me to tell me they loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚ That made me really happy.

Okay, time to close for today. Have a good weekend everyone!

Weekend update

Friday night we went out to dinner to celebrate my good news. ๐Ÿ™‚ A great dinner at a nice little place up the road.

Saturday I didn’t do a lot, just relaxed and watched TV while John worked out in the garage. I worked a bit on my sock, but mostly just lounged around.

Sunday I got a bit more done. I straightened my studio up since I have a lesson here this afternoon and I’ll be working in there a lot more starting later this week. We went out and did our usual Sunday trip of lunch, Borders, and errand running. Once we got back John mowed the lawn and I ran the vacuum. Then I finished my sock while we watched TV. See?

Today I have a couple of lesson plans to write up and then I have a lesson this afternoon. Tomorrow I have another lesson at the shop. Hopefully on Wednesday or Thursday I will be getting a box o’yarn (woo hoo) and will need to crochet my little fingers off to get the project turned around and back out the door. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll see. It’s exciting.

And yeah, I’m not giving real details yet on what’s going on, but yes, I got the gig. This is the type of gig where the boxes show up at the door with yarn. ๐Ÿ˜€ So, I’m going to be very very busy soon. Which is good.

Okay, I’m off to get work done!

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