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Yesterday I succeeded and made it to Barnes & Noble and ordered another copy of Rowan Vintage Knits so I can complete the sweaters for my husband and best friend for Christmas. I also picked p a beautiful planner for the remainder of this year and next year, mostly for the look of it: Since I am going to be selling Avon now, I wanted a nice planner that would be pretty when I pulled it out of my purse or bag and still have my Moleskin planner for all of the mundane, wild and wooly stuff that actually keeps me organized on top of everything else. In many ways I didn’t need it, of course, but it looks so good! I guess it was an impulse by that I fell in love with and couldn’t put down. I’ll post a picture of it as soon as possible. It’s adorable.
On the knitting front there are ideas flipping and flopping over themselves in my brain for position to be put onto the needles first. I need a scarf to go with the hat my sister Becky got me for winter – it’s a gray and pink hounds tooth newsboy cap that looks perfect with my purse and simply should have a scarf to go with it. The only problem is…I don’t have the correct colors currently in my stash for the scarf at the moment and, quite honestly, no cash to go purchase or order the yarn for it at the moment (which has made me purposely stay away from KnitPicks so I wouldn’t be tempted to order yarn I don’t have money for at the moment. Next comes socks. I do have sock yarn that does need knitted up at the moment, the only problem is I haven’t selected the pattern for my next socks. Since they are for me I don’t have to worry about the heel because of the weird feet I possess, which suits me just fine. Another thing that could go onto the needles are the fingerless mitts out of the Wicked green and black fingering weight yarn for the next Harry Potter movie I’d like to do for myself, which would also require a nice scarf and a hat of some sort. Could I also throw in a pair of socks before November 21? That would be a lot of knitting, and it would also take away from the sweater knitting for Christmas…. As I said, there are a ton of ideas floating around in my head all of a sudden for knitting, PLUS I need to finish the pillow I want to do for my neck. I really do need that neck pillow.
Now, along with knitting, I have also begun thinking of tons of other things to sew as well as several other money making endeavors. Yarn is not cheap or free. *sigh* Everything always has a price doesn’t it, and time is never as abundant as you need, whether or not your body requires an extra amount of rest or not, and yes, this does concern me, but there isn’t anything I can do about that – I have to make some money and I have to make a little extra cash for books and cafe mocha’s and Christmas presents for the folks who simply don’t like handmade presents (they simply don’t understand the time and love it requires to make those).
This means I have three businesses to run more or less and a lot of time to put into a 24 hour span and a body that simply doesn’t appreciate me as it is. Hopefully there will be time to give it as much TLC as possible.
Tomorrow I am going to Barnes & Noble for a bit of writing and, if all goes well, to pick up a replacement copy of a knitting book I cannot find at all here in my humble abode. I just cannot find my copy of Vintage Knits: 30 Knitting Designs from Rowan for Women and Men. I have looked everywhere and I simply cannot find it! Yes, annoying is not the word for the feeling I have at the moment. It is downright…flabbergasting! This means I am going to have to use one of my Barnes & Noble gift cards to replace a book I already own in order to complete a couple of sweater projects for husband and best friend for Christmas! I am really not liking this, but there is nothing else for me to do other than just swallow hard and go on and make the purchase and then start knitting like a mad-woman.
Since the weather has turned off cooler I am actually looking forward to knitting again. For one thing it will help with calming the nerves and for another it will provide two of the more important Christmas presents on my Christmas list. I am also thinking of looking into knitting a little something for another friend of mine. It should be delicate and possibly pink. The only problem is – I am not at all positive she likes pink at all! It could be Christmasy colors, of course, but I’m not at all certain I have enough red and green to to what needs to be done for the project I have in mind.
Another friend of mine has also been talking about loom knitting and how she did some loom socks. Loom socks have me just a little intrigued. That would indeed be faster, but I’m afraid I would make them too tight for my own feet, much less anyone else’s. How would that work? She said she learned from watching a video on YouTube; she also said she had to watch it over-and-over again before she figured out the binding off process for the loom. Would this make sock making easier for me? I know just straight tube socks for me it would make a snap, but the intricate pattern socks would still need to be done with my needles because, well, that is just the way it is done and how I know I can make the pattern turn out the way it is supposed too: some things are best not fiddled with in my world.
Since the weather is cooler it would be best if a couple of pairs of socks were indeed finished in my world: a) my feet would be warmer; and b) no one else would have the socks I would have, at least more realistically. Lately, being individual and being me has been far more important (and being warm) than almost anything else. Perhaps it has something to do with age, perhaps it doesn’t – I haven’t quite made up my mind on that one yet.
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