Friday November 16th 2018

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Knitting and living as fast as I can


I’ve got so many pans on the fire, I’m not sure what I’m cooking in half of them anymore.

Christmas knitting. Rather serious health problems to deal with (not mine). Visa issues. Future planning for the next year or two. Business and tax issues.

I’ve been soooo far behind on getting some patterns (both free and for sale) out that I promised to y’all ages ago. I really need to get going on those, because, as it turns out, having something making me a few dollars here and there may end up being more important than I thought over the next few years. Which means that setting up a business that I can work on from anywhere I have a Net connection is looming higher on the priorities list.

On the personal front, I have to get back to the States for a few months to take care of business and getting my worldly goods and my finances/taxes figured out for the next couple of years. I plan to have one heck of a virtual garage sale, so if you are a crafter, look out for mention of stuff (especially sewing notions and goods) at a very discounted price in about two and a half months from now. I’m also trying to figure out the best ways for me and my partner to live over the next two years while his ability to travel is a bit restricted.

On the knitting front, I’ve had a minor set-back on the Twinkle Ribbed Jacket I’m working on: even though I know better, I forgot that I was making a Large, because I am, in fact, making a Small (using a smaller gauge yarn, so using a Large size) and missed the errata, which has a rather important mistake in the Large size. *sigh* I looked at it and decided that I’d do it over again — it’s one of those 3 day knits or less, and it was just a little on the small side, and I’d rather it was a little on the bigger side.

So I’ve figured out the math to add a couple of inches to a Small jacket using the Large numbers, and starting over again — I cast-on today.

We get the keys to our new (rented) place tomorrow! I can hardly wait to get in there and start getting things so it feels like home. It’ll be lovely to think of coming back to my partner in that house, our home, while I’m figuring out what to do with all my stuff from my life back in the States.

And a new yarn shop is opening just down the street from our new house. I stopped to look in the window, and Sandra, the owner, came out to say hello, and we talked about my possibly doing some samples knitting for her. She’ll be carrying a wide range of products, including Malabrigo. Oh dear. My knitting budget just went over.

So…all in all? Life is pretty much normal!

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3 Responses to “Knitting and living as fast as I can”

  1. Zina says:

    So far it’s taken me two. days. to. move. the. stash.

    However, it’s all in the new house now, in brand spanking new storage tubs, and I feel about 50% more organized than I was before, so, really worth it!

    Tomorrow…I start moving the sewing things!


  2. I am sorry to hear about the health issues. That is so tough for everyone. Oscar takes the brunt of my own health problems, and it is harder I think to sometimes be the support and caregiver than to go through the illness.

    If you sample knit for the shop, you may be able to play with all the yarn you want without it hurting your pocketbook (or taking up stash room :-}

    Good luck with the design business. It can help eventually. My own business is picking up after about a year of existence. It was worth all the hard work :-}
    I am not earning much yet, but I hope to reach part time job level wages by next fall.
    My sis in law teaches and that helps her income a lot!
    Maybe you can present classes through the local yarn shop?
    Every little bit helps!

  3. Zina says:

    You’re an inspiration on a lot of levels, Diana! I’d love to eventually get a design business together…I just have to get the time…and make sure my abilities are up to par, of course!

    I’m going to have to figure out if I can legally do free sample knitting. They prohibit all kinds of stuff in a visitor’s visa…

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