I'm in a funk.
That said, is there anyone out there who would be interested in doing some sample knitting? It would be paid, but in exchange I ask a few things. First, you need to be an intermediate or better knitter. My definition of intermediate is that you are very comfortable reading patterns that don't spell every little thing out. You've knit some lace, you've knit some socks, and you've knit at least one sweater to completion. And you have pictures of stuff to show me your work. Second, you'd need to be able to work under deadline (sometimes very short deadlines). If you start working on something and you can't finish for whatever reason, you need to be willing to let me know IMMEDIATELY. You also need to be able to knit directly from my pattern and let me know right away if something doesn't make sense. No winging it. If I haven't scared you off, drop me an e-mail and we'll talk. Let me know what kinds of things you prefer to knit. I may or may not have any work for you anytime soon, but if things keep going the way they have been, I should need a few of you before too long.
Part of my problem is I just haven't been able to focus. It seems like I'm too frigging busy to get anything done. I'm trying to write, blog, read blogs, knit, swatch, type up patterns, entertain the kids and not tick off my husband so much that he up and leaves me. The laptop definitely helps (since I'm now typing from the dining room table, in a room that is babyproofed, instead of from the office where I'm constantly interrupted by a little goober who heads straight for the things he's not supposed to have - his current fave being the trash).
I need to schedule myself, something I've never been able to do with much success. An hour in the morning to write, an hour to design, an hour to swatch. Problem is, I live my life in five minute increments. Five minutes to type a blog post, then five minutes to fetch Sydney a cup of milk. Five minutes to knit a couple rows on a sock, then five minutes to change a poopy diaper. Five minutes to page through my stitch books looking for the perfect pattern for a swatch, then five minutes to calm a screaming baby who wants to sit on my lap all day long and gets really ticked off that I won't let him. I thought I was good at multitasking before I was a parent. These days, I can talk on the phone, hold a baby on the hip, pour a cup of milk and supervise a preschooler on the potty, all at the same time. If only I could figure out how to type and knit simultaneously.
In order to bring more structure to my life, I'm going to change the sock updates. I'm going to start doing what I should've done from the beginning (I was going to, but I got too excited about my little knit-along's success). I'm only going to do updates on the weekend. Since even my weekend time isn't reliable, I'll try to do them on Saturday with Sunday as a backup. I'm hoping that this will get me back to regular blogging about regular stuff instead of only blogging occasionally due to the fact that I'm dreading the sock updates.
I love doing the updates, but they take such a long time since I like to go and check out every sock and often end up reading down your blogs as I do it. I know you'd never know it, since I don't manage to comment very often, but I hope you know I'm doing more than a cursory compliance check! Also, thanks to those of you who have left nice comments about my work on the knit-along. It really helps to know that you guys are reading the updates and enjoying all the socks!
Since I don't have enough to do, my Master Knitter Level II folder came in the mail today. Ai-yai-yai! That is gonna be some work. I need to knit up a slew of swatches, knit a vest, knit an argyle sock, do a report on the history of knitting worldwide answer a bunch of questions, and write five book reviews. Sheesh! Of course I'm dying to get started on it right away. Discipline, Chrissy, discipline. Gotta get that work knitting out of the way first.
And now I must go. Owen is cranky, and Sydney has been begging me to play Baby Elephant Walk on the piano since she got home from school. Mommy's work is never done!