I Have Had no Time for Knitting Today.

Between deadlines, client meetings, an online class, and a futon frame that should have taken an hour and a half to put together, but is now jury-rigged because the screws don’t fit the holes, which are not properly aligned, I have had no time to breathe, let alone knit.

Besides, I’ve been sufficiently upset today that it probably would hve played hell with my gauge.

Hopefully, life will get back on something vaguely resembling an even keel tomorrow.


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.

Taking a Day Off

I apologize for not posting this yesterday, but I was writing all day (paying jobs), and by the time I got home from the second Seder, it was so late that I pretty much just fell over.

So please excuse me for being all too human and taking a day off.  I promise to not do this very often, as I know I only update this blog on a weekly basis.

I am still plugging away at a pair of socks for a client, and should have them done in the next week sometime, and I have a couple of projects down the road — one of which combines two of my favorite things, writing and knitting!  Details on that as they emerge.

For those who celebrate Passover, I wish you a good, safe, healthy, happy week, and for those who celebrate Easter, I wish you also a good, safe, healthy happy day. For those who celebrate something else, or just the coming of Spring, I wish you the best of the season!

I Found the Perfect Pattern for a Gift for My Sister…

…who, of course, has chosen to no longer speak to me (at least for the moment).

It’s the Morehouse Farms’ Dachshund Scarf. I’ve long been a fan of Morehouse Farms yarns — I first ran across them at the Farmers’ Market in Union Square, a couple of decades ago.  Their patterns are usually easy to read, and follow, and the results are exactly what you expect them to be.

It’s a pity my sister has closed herself off from me, but I’m sure that there will be someone else who will want to make or give this scarf, so I put the link above.  The thing is, my sister loves dachshunds and has raised a number of mini dachshunds so this would have been perfect for her.

Heck, I might eventually make it for myself — on of my favorite books as a kid was Pretzel, about a dachshund. Pretzel was written by Margaret Rey, and illustrated by H.A. Rey, the same folks who brought us Curious George (another kidhood favorite).

Anyway, I am still plugging along on Josie’s socks, and in deadline hell, so this is going to be a short entry.  I want to pick brains about another project I have in the pipeline, but that will just have to wait until I can organize my thoughts about it.

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!

Not Much Going On This Week….

I wish I had more to report, but I’ve had a cold that’s been kicking my butt all week.  I got a bit more work done on the pair of socks I’ve been working on — I’m about 2″ away from starting the toes.  The person they are for has seen them and likes them, including liking the navy I chose for the contrast (heels and toes) color. Once I get some writing deadlines out of the way, I should be able to breeze through the rest of the socks in a couple of hours.

The yarn for the next project — socks for a friend’s boss — is wound already, and I just need to check that she still wants them. It’s good to see my project list beginning to shrink a bit, although my Ravelry queue increases at a rate to more than compensate for anything I get finished.

When I’m in Manhattan tomorrow, I need to hit a yarn shop (I’m thinking of Gotta Knit on 34th Street, or Lion Brand on West 15th Street).

Anyway, I need to get back to work, so onwards and upwards!

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