you know how when you move somewhere it takes a while to find a schedule? we find this especially true when one of us is a student – and we have two students in our house right now, maybe soon to be three. not me. i’m a part time small business owner? and (appearantly) a part time yarn store employee. it has taken me this long to figure out when to dye in my new household, but even bigger scheduling things happened this week. obviously, i just got a job, but also, and more importantly, ben got a church job. we’re actually doubly excited about this because he’s going to be working at a church attached to a monastery. so part of this schedule is that we now have a regular sabbath (unless i’ve a saturday craft fair). since ben works sundays, we try to do our day of rest at another point in the week and today was/is/will be that day – friday night to saturday night it is.

anyhow, this morning by 10:30 saw ben curled up under a leopard print blanket playing video games in the tv room and me with a cup of tea, my back log of fresh air and the knitpicks podcast on itunes, sitting on an exercise ball knitting this

grandma's shawl

yup. grandma’s shawl. and it’s growing. maybe not as fast as emily’s, but it’s growing none-the-less. emily and i have decided to do an informal two person knit along about our shawls and i’ve a sneaking suspicion that she’ll be done WAY before me. she has knit 7 (yes seven) of the shawls out of folk shawls. i wish i were her :) right now i’m excited because i’m almost to the part marked ‘tails,’ a part of a shawl which i’ve never done before – i’m learning a lot about shawl shaping with this one!

another something that has become part of the scheduling is me cooking soup and having people over for knitting once or twice a month. part of that schedule is gwen and rich coming over from northern ohio. this week, gwen showed up with some lovely roving she dyed

a trade

to trade for a snow bunny for one of her friends. i obliged and knit one up right then and there. and guess what kind of wool this is? my FAVORITE – bfl. the problem? i want to spin it now and now i’m trying to spin to sell, do i sell it? i’m not sure that i can. sigh. oh lovely bfl, why tempt me? maybe i’ll spin it with the idea that if i love it spun up (you can never tell) i can keep it. i’m cheating, i know. mostly i’m pretty proud i haven’t kept the couple of skeins i already spun :) i do so love to knit with handspun.

4 thoughts on “scheduling

  1. it is so difficult to sell things to people that you do not know after you have put so much of yourself into it. my father was an artist and did a lot of impressionist paintings. he was so very talented and self-taught. when i was a baby he tried to sell his paintings around the philadelphia art museum fountain. one day after many days of setting up, finally a man wanted to buy one of his paintings. my dad sold it and was so sad because he felt like he had given away a part of himself and never sold another painting. anyway, the moral of this totally dragged out story is that i think that giving a piece of your happiness to another could be the start of much happiness this world needs and with your talent, you have the ability to spread much happiness. making someone happy will make you happy too!

  2. One of these days we’ll get there WITHOUT getting lost on the way! Sheesh. But it’s been really great to have a group to knit with for once in my knitting career. Thanks. :D

  3. actually my dear, we are about at the same point on the shawl, i’m about to start my tails as well. and not to worry about the whole keeping up deal. i, like you, am about to prepare myself for selling my hand knitting. of which stash i have none of. so i have lots of other knitting to do.

  4. i know this is asking a HUGE favor and i honestly do not even know if it is good taste, however, i have been trying to make a neck warmer like you and i cannot find a pattern that i like and that is east enough to understand for a newby knitter. could you please lead me a direction of an easy enough pattern help me or possibly give me one. is this too much to ask. i know you are busy and trying to make a living with your craft (you are so lucky) but anything would be so so appreciated. thank you in advance.

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