Posts tagged ‘to-do’

August 5, 2014

Summer Is Almost Over

Thank goodness. I’m not a summer person. Really, truly, and honestly, you will not find me wishing for summer in the middle of winter. I may pine for spring, or wax nostalgic over autumn, but even if it’s fifty below, I’m not wishing for summer.

It’s been a rough summer for us this year, for a variety of reasons, and I took most of July off from designing. I knit all through summer, except on the absolute hottest days (which, thankfully, this year have been few), but designing — however serious I am about it — is still at the hobby level for me. I put much more money into it than I get out, and this summer, I didn’t have the money to spend. But, that may be changing. At least enough that I’m back to working on the MKAL shawl I keep mentioning.

I spent about an hour last night working on the script for the video I’m going to do for the cast-on for the shawl. (Wow, that’s a lot of prepositional phrases.) Once I have that done, I’m going to start knitting the second prototype (the first one came out much larger, and used more yarn, than I wanted), and get a test-knit underway.

My original plan was to do this MKAL back in May, right after spring semester was over. Now it’s taking me so long to get it all together that I’m wondering if maybe it’s going to be next May!

June 22, 2014

How Goeth the Knitting?

I keep coming up with posts I think I should write, and then I don’t get around to them, and I think of others, and then I don’t get around to them . . . it’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, I mentioned, very briefly, back in December that I was working on a shawl pattern for a mystery knit-along. I’m not done with it yet, but it’s definitely getting there! Spring semester was really, really difficult for me (largely my own fault, I think), and I didn’t get a lot of . . . anything, really, done between February and April. Then, around the last week of April and first week of May (aka finals week), I got a really special infection in my right thumb’s cuticle, for which I wound up having to take antibiotics, and because of which I still expect my nail to fall off any time now. There have been quite a few days since then when my thumb has hurt too much for me to knit. But, there have been enough when it hasn’t hurt — or at least it hasn’t hurt too much — that I’ve been able to work on the shawl.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long. Well, no, I do know. I think I’m nervous. Not only have I never released a shawl pattern, I’ve never done a knit-along. Much less a mystery knit-along. And on top of that, this will be my tenth pattern. The supposedly magic release that so many designers have said, “I got a lot more interest in all of my patterns after I released my tenth.” (Although some say twenty, or even forty.) So, if I release this pattern, and I don’t see an increase in interest, I’m going to feel like a failure, even with all the other designers who’ve said it takes longer, because that’s just how I am.

NO PRESSURE.

AND AND! AND I think I need to start a YouTube account, because I want to do at least one video for the pattern, for the very pretty, but very fiddly, cast-on I used. I’ve never made a knitting video. I’m not entirely sure how to go about it. And while it isn’t exactly speaking in public, I get pretty nervous about that kind of thing, and I’m sure I’ll do a lot of fumbling, both with my hands and my mouth. And my thumbnail looks like it got caught in a combine. (If’n you didn’t know, people can be very critical of the state of your nails in knitting videos!)

Besides this, I’m working on Mariah, for Grace.

Oh! And I’m on Pinterest now, too. I spend way too much time on there looking at dessert recipes.

I guess that’s about it for me, right now. How goeth it with you?

May 17, 2013

Promises, promises

I know, I know, I keep saying I’m going to actually write more here, and I don’t, so who’s going to believe me now? Especially when I just joined Facebook.

The All Cats Are Grey hat has been re-knit in Cascade 220 Sport, which was just awesome to work with.

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)


The test knit for it just finished up, and I need to do some final revisions before sending the pattern off to my tech editor!

Next on the designing list is a pair of socks. And I have kind of a vague plan for something in the current Design Along challenge, but I don’t know if I’ll get to it any time soon. But it’s the fifth month of the year, and I’ve still only released 3 patterns. I’ve got to get cracking if I’m going to manage 12 this year!

In non-designing news, at least with me as the designer, I’ve been working on a test-knit for Rachael Richardson. She released the pattern yesterday, Connemara Coast. It is really, really cute, and I definitely recommend it, if you have any little girls in your life.

I’m also supposedly working on Laura Nelkin’s Juego, and Laura Aylor’s Sunstruck, both of which are mystery knit-alongs, but I’ve been so busy with other things that I haven’t gotten past clue #1 on either! They both started last month.

I really will try to post more here. So far, this year has been kind of crappy, to be overly polite about it, and I haven’t felt much like writing anything. Here’s hoping it’s getting better, for all of us (even if you weren’t having a crappy year)!

January 7, 2013

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There are a few posts I want to have written by the end of January. This is not one of them. This is just a post saying I want to write these posts. I’ve already mentioned most of them, I think, but I’m putting this post here so I have a fairly easy place to find the posts I want to write, so I can (hopefully) actually post them. I also want to see just how many times I can use the word “post” before someone tries to stab me through the phone lines.

1. Weaving in ends.
2. Ripping back.
3. My new favorite soup (which I’ll probably be making for dinner sometime this week, which would seem a good time to post about it). Done!
4. My resolutions for 2013. If you ever remember hearing me say that I don’t make resolutions (which is entirely possible, because I say it almost every year), you’ve probably also heard me say, “Never say never.” Of course, one of those resolutions is to write more on my blog. You know, this one.
5. Ken’s sweater.
6. The All Cats Are Grey hat (and maybe mittens, and scarf . . . and possibly even slippers?), which Cascade Yarns has been gracious enough to give me yarn to make for the final pattern.
7. Valentine’s Day crafting. I have a great idea for making Valentines for Little Cat Z’s first-grade class. If it works, I’ll even tell you how we did it, with enough time for you to make them, too!
8. Little Red in the City. I got a copy for Christmas/Monkey Day 2011, and I’ve been meaning to post about it. Maybe I should finally do that.

I think that’s it.

Except I want to share something else right now. I did a very fun swap this past fall in the Mystery 220 group in Ravelry (if I haven’t already posted about that, it should be added to that list up there). So when Linda Browning, aka tinyknit, suggested doing a swap in her Ravelry group, Tinyknitters, I joined that one, too. It’s the Valentine Pampering with Hot Cocoa swap. If you’d like to join, all you have to do is log on to Ravelry, join the Tinyknitters group (Linda does some amazing things with lace, you won’t be sad you joined), and post in the swap thread that you want to be part of it. There’s one catch. Sign-ups end today, January 7, 2013. I don’t know a specific time, but I do know that Linda lives in Florida, so I’d probably say, try to post before 9 pm Eastern. The swap is international, so you don’t have to live in the US, or even the western hemisphere, to join.

I think that covers everything I wanted to post about tonight. I hope everyone is having a happy new year so far, and I’m glad you all survived the apocalypse last year!

December 2, 2012

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,/”To talk of many things:”

Like how to convince my two-year-old that it would be perfectly reasonable for her to go to bed around 8:00 at night, and wake up around 8:00 in the morning. She seems to think it’s much better to stay up as late as possible (sometimes the sky is starting to get light already when she finally conks out), and then probably wake up in the middle of the night and refuse to go back to sleep unless Mommy holds her (which means I get to sleep sitting up), and then sleep until 10:30 or 11:00. I’ll admit, she did fall asleep around 6:30 tonight, but then she only slept until about midnight. Now it’s anyone’s guess just how late she’ll stay up. And I can’t just pop her in the playpen or crib and let her stay up while I sleep. She’s a climber. In fact, we call her our little jewel thief, because she’s frighteningly good at it, and quiet to boot.

Or we could talk about the real purpose of this post, which is what I’ve been up to for most of the last month.

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November 28, 2011

I have been remiss

I have been very busy knitting and crocheting for holiday gifts/Nerd Wars/Mystery 220. And there’s still so much to do, not to mention the baking.

And I need to figure out spinning with a drop spindle, too. One of my Nerd Wars teammates gave me one of her old spindles (and some roving and a small pot of the Knitters’ and Spinners’ Balm she makes and sells in her shop — it smells really good, and does soften my rough spots nicely), and I’ve borrowed my mom’s book Respect the Spindle, and I’m trying to do it. I finally got the hang of just using the dowel and spinning on a stick (I looked for an example on-line, but I don’t see anything), but once I get some spun, and try to draft some more . . . it breaks. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, how thick I leave the draft, it still breaks. I know, this takes practice, and I haven’t been at it very long (like maybe . . . twenty minutes total?), but I’m very frustrated. I want to get drafting to the point where I can do more than ten inches of yarn before the fibers come apart before I try the spindle again.

And I need to finish the shawl I’m designing. Not to mention the other couple of designs I’ve got started.

Next year I’ll get cracking on updating this more often. Really.

Oh, and just so’s you know, 7-UP Mixed Berry (I get diet) is awesome, and I really wish it wasn’t a “limited edition” flavor.

October 23, 2011

In Loving Memory

When I finally finished the D4 Bag of Dice Holding, my mom told me she was very proud of me for doing it. In her memory, I’m offering a half-off sale on the pattern, through Ravelry. Just enter the coupon code “lovemom.”

I’m also trying to think of something I can design for her. I have to decide what she would have liked. Something for her? Something she’d like to knit for someone else? She was very proud of her Swedish heritage, but I don’t think I’m up to doing something Bohus style! And I haven’t tried tvåändsstickning yet, but maybe this is the impetus I need to do it. I actually had a pattern idea several years ago that I might resurrect now, something with some traditional Swedish motifs. We’ll see what happens.

October 7, 2011

Things to do, the rough draft

To do in October, I hope. Thankfully, some of the Nerd Wars and Mystery220 stuff can double as holiday gifts.

Oh, crap, would you believe I wasn’t even thinking about Hallowe’en costumes? I had thought that I should dust off my pictures from last year when I tried to put together a tutorial for a trick-or-treat bag, though.

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October 2, 2011

Craft has stalled. Immediate action required to regain control.

I know I have been uncharacteristically optimistic in my plans for everything I’m going to get done in the next three months, but now I’m starting to think I may have really taken it too far, and I’m kind of looking at the list in my head and going a bit tharn.

I think I should write (or type) out an actual list, so I have something concrete to go on. Things to do for Nerd Wars, the things I’m designing, the gifts I plan to have made in time for Christmas and Monkey Day, the mystery KALs, the test knit for Tinyknit . . . I’m sure there’s more. It’s always nice to be able to physically cross things off as finished, which I could do if I’d make a list.

I’ll put making a physical list on my mental to-do list.

September 19, 2011

So much time, so little to do!

At least, that’s the way I’m acting. In reality, strike that, reverse it. But anyway . . .

I went and joined another make-things-on-a-schedule kind of group in Ravelry. This time, it’s Nerd Wars. (There’s also a non-Ravelry website here.)

It’s a tournament-oriented group, with each tournament lasting three months. You join a team, one whose “nerdery” you share (I went with Team Epic, roleplaying games), and each month of the tournament, you answer from one to six challenges (how many is up to you), by knitting or crocheting something. And that something can be anything: small or large, totally simple or amazingly complex, it doesn’t even have to be related to your team (although you get more points if you can say it is). Your team earns points based on the projects made.

There are other ways to score points, too, including a “dissertation” (a project that will take you all three months of the tournament to complete) and a “team unity” project (something your whole team gets together to make).

Mostly, it’s for fun. It might also help you get some projects done in a timely fashion, and with the winter holidays fast approaching (as knitsofacto pointed out recently, there were only 100 days until Christmas, and that was three days ago!), most of us can probably use all the help we can get in that!

So, come join Nerd Wars! Celebrate your nerdiness with like-minded others, make lots of neat schtuff, and have fun!

While I’d, of course, like to see more people in Team Epic, there are some teams that I know need more members to make it to the tournament, like Team Braaaaaains (I don’t have to explain that one, do I?) and Team Meeples (board games). There is a team for Dr. Who (Team Tardis), and one for Buffy (Team Hellmouth), but those are very popular and fill up quickly with returning players. And there are lots of other teams, too, like Team Fraggle, for Jim Henson creations, and Team UU for Discworld aficionados. No matter what kind of nerd you are (and you probably are one, because there’s a lot more of us than there are beautiful people), you’re sure to find a team that suits you.