It's been a while since I've done an update-y sort of post. I pretty much stay multi-tasking and have had so many projects going on for many months that I switch back and forth between, I thought it'd be nice to do a bit of an update and let you all know some of the things currently going on.
First thing, about what I said about multi-tasking...I think it's a terrible habit. At least for me, doing too many things at once causes me stress and monkey mind. My thoughts and attention all over the place, trying to remember all the things that need to be done and trying to force myself to stay inspired in projects I've neglected for a bit. It's a habit I'm trying to break. So, my current major "WIP" (work in progress) is to NOT CAST ON ANY NEW PROJECTS. Yeah, I know, it seems impossible. I've got so many things queued up on Ravelry, the patterns and the yarn just itching to be cast on. But I'm not going to do it.
Currently working on finishing all unfinished projects, or scrapping ones that just aren't serving my interests anymore. I have to make a decision though, checking each item off the list, and not saving it for later. It's getting easier to not cast on anything new, as I feel the sense of victory I get with each completed project it fuels me to finish another one. So many half-finished hats, a sleeve that still needs to be finished for a sweater, wall hangings I haven't woven in the ends of, the chunky blanket I started for my boyfriend I spent a pretty penny for yarn on over a year ago...just sitting there looking sad and incomplete. I'm also working on a test knit for Annie Lupton of BohoChicFiberCo, which is actually at the top of my list right now to finish. Can't wait to share this one with you all, it's my first cable project and so so beautiful!
I have three hats recently finished which I'd like to share a pattern review of each here on my blog once I get a chance to do an outdoor photoshoot; Barley by TinCanKnits, Lazlo Slouch by Danielle Morgan, and Fluid Sockhead Beanie by Karen MaCall. All these patterns were wonderful, can't wait to show you guys how mine turned out and update my Ravelry projects, once the weather and time will allow for a photoshoot.
Once I get all those projects caught up, my solution to not let this happen again is a strict 1 knitting project, 1 crochet project, and 1 weaving project MAX at any one time. If I want to start a new project, I have to finish the first one. Period. Slow down and do things one at a time, with intention.
- Southern Indiana FiberArts Festival was this past weekend. I was whole-heartedly planning to attend it as my last fiber festival for the year to stock up on fleeces for the Winter. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it up there. Mr. Old Kitty (my 16 year old, Midnight) scared me on Friday, when I noticed suddenly he was unable to walk. He's been having health problems for a while and has been seeming worse than usual lately. I was certain it was going to be my last weekend with my best friend of over 15 years (the majority of my life, I'm 23) so I spent Friday and Saturday taking care of him. Fortunately, he's a fighter, and he got through it and is back to his normal crazy self. Not sure what happened to him, but extremely grateful I get to spend more time with him. He's sitting at my feet keeping my toes warm as I type this.
- As I've already announced via my Newsletter (and also gave my newsletter subscribers a special discount), I am moving all of my shop inventory from Etsy back here to my main website November 2. I noticed that my website now gets much more traffic than my Etsy shop does, for several months now. It just makes sense for me to move my shop back here, so that it can all be in one place with my blog and everything else and easier to find. I was originally planning to do my new website design at the same time, which was going to mean the shop would be down for several days. But as you may have already noticed, I went ahead and re-vamped my website a bit early, so that the shop will only be down for a day or two while I'm moving everything over.
I'm really wanting to blog more often, but have been going through a bit of writer's block lately unsure of what to write that people would want to read. If you guys have any topics and ideas for blog posts you'd like to see in the future, you're always welcome to leave a comment or shoot me an email. I know I've seen a lot of tutorial ideas requested (which I love doing, and have been added to the to-blog list!), but know that those do require quite a bit more work and planning than the regular blog post, so I won't be able to do those every day with all the work I already do. If you guys have topics or questions I could answer as more of a daily sort of thing, that'd be awesome :)
Until next time,
Amanda J. French
Fiber artist from Louisville, KY. Professionally, I spend my days spinning one of a kind yarns from wool and recycled fibers, and weaving with them. Other hobbies include; yoga, fitness, painting, studying languages, and knitting.