Trying the Multi-Project Route

After finding myself stalled out on the socks I am working on, and needing a project I could work on kind of without thinking much at a party I went to this last weekend, I started my net commission – a pair of fingerless mitts for a friend.

I haven’t gotten much knitting done this week, though. I’ve had writing and editing deadlines up to my ears.  This is not because I have had too much work; it’s more because I seem to have acquired a summer cold that is kicking my butt.

I hope to get back to my regular schedule soon.


Knitting Apathy

I’m struggling to get a pair of socks knit that should have taken me two weeks, tops.  Instead, it’s been a month or so, and I have to get them finished, because I have other commissions in the pipeline.

Not sure what the problem is; it doesn’t feel like summer knitting apathy — you know — when it’s just too damned hot to knit.  Oh well, will slog through, one stitch at a time, if necessary.

Still Here, Still Working, Progress of Sorts Being Made.

I’m almost caught up on the socks I am making, and I have a line on the yarn for a scarf for a client, although she now wants to postpone the commission for a bit. I sent her an email back as to whether I should hold the yarn for her, or can I use it for other stuff, and order new yarn when she’s ready (I will be getting it through an indie dyer I often use).

I also got my domain names back from the person who had theoretically been administering them for me, so at some point soon I will start building a website to host this blog and other knitting related things.

Anyway, I just spent two hours working on the socks, so I must get back to writing now — I have some articles due before I go to bed.

Even More Busy…

It really feels as if I am slowly getting my life back together.

My days are filled with writing, editing, and knitting, and I am actually not taking on more than I can handle.  I am working on another pair of socks for a client. The manuscript I am editing is a wonderful story, and well-written, so this job is a joy. And the clients I am working on articles for are actually understanding of my health issues, and giving me deadlines that are remarkably reasonable.

Anyway, I need to get going, so more next week!

Busy, Busy, Busy

Photo ©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

Got my friend J’s socks done early this morning. They took a bit longer than I had expected, but I got a ton of actual work to do while I was working on them, and it’s been along time since I’ve had work that paid the bills. I know this isn’t the greatest photo, but it’s what I could do quickly with what I had.

I started the next project, for a different person (also named J): another pair of these socks, only in browns.

A funny thing happened to me yesterday, BTW. I had gone to my gastroenterologist’s office for an ambulatory procedure.  When he took me in, I reminded him that I had offered him free socks, and he looked at the socks I was wearing and declared them a work of art. He then asked if I would mind holding up the procedure for a few minutes while he got one of his colleagues, who is a knitted sock fan. I ask you, gentle readers, how could I refuse that request? So he brought in the colleague, who promptly ordered a pair in blues and asked that I leave my business card for him (which I did).  Talk about drumming up business in weird places….

You see the wheel-like thing in the background in the above picture? That’s my spinning wheel. I got it just before I moved to where I live now, but I haven’t had time to learn how to use it, sadly. Learning how will be my next big project, as soon as I get a bit of time to play with it.

Anyway, I should get going, because I have a lot of work to get done tonight — both written and knitted!

One of *THOSE* Days

I’m making a scarf for a client. And I ran out of yarn halfway through.  I have yarn that is very close in color.

I sent the client an email, showing the scarf, with about an inch done in the second color. She couldn’t see the change.  I sent her two better pics, against a white background, under fluorescent light, giving her three choices:

  1. I continue in the second color, and if the scarf is not good, I will refund her deposit;
  2. She can choose another color for the scarf;
  3. I will refund her deposit and we will call it equal.

So far, she thinks the scarf will be fine in the second color. I have shown five people besides the client either the actual scarf, or two pics of it showing the color change. Out of the five, only one could spot the change (and not the person who saw the actual scarf).


(Can you spot the color change?)

So, I will continue with the scarf, and will send it to her when it’s done.  If she doesn’t like it, I will refund her deposit, and take it back for myself (it does match my coat). At least, I know I handled the problem professionally.

In other news, I have sold a sweater. It’s already boxed to go out in the mail, and I have received payment from the customer. This is exceedingly good news.

After I finish the scarf, I have some other projects to work on:

  1. Fingerless gloves for Judy
  2. Socks for Joanne
  3. Socks for Claudia’s employer
  4. Socks for Claudia
  5. Socks for my accountant
  6. Socks for Stephen Colbert (long story, explained in an earlier post)
  7. Possibly two hats for people in a medievalist group

Then I have some projects of my own to work on:

  1. Finish getting my stash photographed and into my Ravelry database
  2. Sunday Morning Shawl
  3. Temair Throw
  4. Sediment Scraps Blanket (which I may decide to frog)
  5. Great American Afghan

What are your knitting (or yarn-related) projects so far for this year? What progress are you making on them? What projects are you expecting to pop up this year that you haven’t already planned for?

Feast or Famine?

Some days, there is no work — others, the projects pile up.  I’m not complaining, mind.  Those projects will enable me to finally get that root canal at some point in the foreseeable future.

This morning, I had 3 pairs of socks commissioned.  This afternoon, I got a commission for a scarf.  Of course, the scarf I got a commission for is one I would have been happy not to make again, but money is money, and I want to make a good share of my money from making things and from writing, so this commission is a Good Thing.  And the client is willing to pay half up front, which is even better, given that things have been a bit tight this month.

Still, this means I have four projects due for other people, in addition to the two for my accountant (barter for her services) and the one I want to do for myself.  (I’m not counting the two for my accountant in the commission total, because there is no time pressure on them.)

So, I have a ton of things happening, knitting-wise, and I am also waiting to hear about a couple of potential jobs — one writing, and one as a Personal Assistant.

All I can do at this point, I think, is to smile and say “It’s all good.”

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