Over achiever. Or maybe it’s just the caffeine?
It’s sometime in the wee hours of the morning and I have been running non-stop since 8am. I’m not even particularly tired right this second (check on me again in 30 minutes when the inevitable crash happens).
I’m eager to get stuff finished. See, once again I’ve been keeping to myself, busily toiling away at secret things. It’s all very intriguing, I’m sure. ::Insert eye roll here.:: Many of my friends haven’t seen me in awhile, but I’ll be emerging soon. I’m heading to Stitches West this Friday!
Among the many things I have been working on are patterns. As a matter of fact, I typed up two more designs today and they are ready for testing!
Of course, I have one more pattern I’d like to get written and typed before Friday, but I have a paying thing I need to finish first. The race is on to see how much I can get done. I will need to set aside at least 5 minutes to pack for this weekend.
I know, it’s the middle of January, but our group wouldn’t be our group if we didn’t do things a little “off”.
This is the portion of the evening when Courtney plays Santa and tells us about having to clean up “herpes”, or what some of you lay people might call “glitter”.
Also, I started thinking that I was sounding like Randy from A Christmas Story at some point. “Han Solo Soap? Oh boy, that’s mine!”
In our defense, we were a little tipsy at this point.
Apparently, I don’t. Really though, I have been spending so much time doing projects, that I haven’t had the time to seriously think about what kind of things I can wedge into my blog. Argh! So many secrets!
However, I am taking the iPad everywhere with me and filming my knit group. We had a craft night this past Wednesday to try and get some things accomplished. Of course, we are trying to work out that whole talking over one another thing…we’ll get there.
We’re also working out a list of topics that are off limits. You’ll see what I mean at 2:10 in the video (Sorry Ash).
…where we talk about men and squirrels. Heavily edited for political correctness.
I had a couple of my friends over for an impromptu craft night. I decided to get as much of it on video as possible. Here is the first installment.
Meet my friend Angelique…
While my parents have been here visiting, I’ve been getting a lot done. Unfortunately, for me, those things getting done have nothing to do with any of my creative endeavors.
Have I looked at closets? Did I finally buy some pants? Yup.
Have I blogged about anything I’ve been doing this week? Nope, not really. Have I done any knitting or crocheting? Very little.
The problem is that my mom’s idea of productivity involves organizing the entire house and has very little to do with me working on my projects. Plus, honestly, there is something about my parents being here that seriously inflames my ADD.
I have, many times, been in the middle of something to have my mom ask me about something completely unrelated to what I was doing. Then I am left sitting here asking myself “What was it I was planning on doing again?”
The one thing I do realize about all of this is that I really don’t have a proper workspace. Of course, I won’t have a proper workspace for quite some time, but maybe it is good for me to think about how I can make myself more productive despite not having a spot to call my own.
A few nights back I decided to turn on the camera and record my daughter and I working on my corset. Luckily it was a project that didn’t require much thought, but can you imagine what this would be like if I were working on something that required any kind of concentration? Welcome to my life…
I have a lot of really creative friends at knitting. We are always discussing various projects both inside and outside the knitting realm.
Imagine my excitement when one our ladies, Lisa , and her total engineering type brain, came in with one of these.
That, my friends, is a yarn ball holder! A ziploc container with a grommet! How clever!!!
So if you decide to make one of these…give cegirl69 the credit…’cause she is awesome!
I have to admit I have been pretty lax in getting to my blog in a timely fashion. I know a lot of you may not notice, but sometimes I will write about stuff that happened weeks ago and roll it out to publish in the past. I have had so much going on personally that I haven’t exactly been getting to things right away.
I spent a few days getting some felt hearts prepared…I had this grand scheme of some Valentine’s Day fun with the kids. Things got all goofed up and Valentine’s Day turned out to be a bit of a bummer.
I figured the day after Valentine’s Day would be just as good as any to do a little “heart bombing”…so I grabbed the kids and on our walk around the neighborhood, we peppered the route with hearts.
Towards the end of our walk, I let the kids play with the camera. My little boy picked some flowers for my hair and we snapped a couple photos.
So while we are on the topic of things in miniature, let us chat about tiny hearts.
A few nights before Valentine’s Day, I was out on my almost-nightly walk with the kids and we were having one of those typical Mommy/Kid chats. Awhile back, I gave each one of the kids a mason jar to put all those weird little things that kids like to collect in….rocks, stickers that aren’t sticky anymore, sequins, beads…whatever would fit in there. So we were walking down the street and I was asking them if they thought it would be okay to empty them out so we can start things fresh. My kids, like most, think everything is precious. If I let them keep it all, we would have mason jars filled with “stuff” all over the house.
So, my son got all excited and said, “All I want in my jar is a heart of pure gold. I know that doesn’t make sense, but that is what I want.”
Of course, I love when he says weird stuff like this…it’s stuff like this that prompted me to make the Blue Elephant Robot.
They got this as a valentine at home this year.
In an attempt to get a jump on Valentine’s Day, I decided to do a little Valentine Day pattern testing.
I did get a little done on the granny square blanket…it is growing…but I needed a distraction. This pattern is great for that sort of thing.