Or, Look Ma I'm Blogging!
Goodness! I had no intention of taking such a long break from blogging. One of my friends from college (Hi Kate!) actually asked another friend if I had gotten pregnant and that's why I've been gone so long. But no, that's not what happened (though it's probably not too far off in the future). I'll summarize and just hit the highlights.
Basically after my grandmother passed away things at work only got worse. I've never particularly been thrilled with my work. They hired me promising one thing and then in the almost two years I worked there what the promised was never manifested. Plus the situation with and between my bosses was difficult and I'll just leave it at that. So about a month ago I quit my job. Now I am working with my husband and father to bring their existing businesses together to create a business that provides garden design, installation, and maintenance in one place. I've been busy working on getting the structure of business up and running. I haven't regretted my decision to leave my job once since I left. I feel way better. Phew!
Just because I am not going to an office every day hasn't meant more time to craft. Lambtown happened recently where we were vendors so in addition everything else going on I had to get ready for that. We had a great shown and I met a lot of great people.
A couple of fun things have happened in the crafty side of my life. In the most recent IK if you look at the ad on the inside cover page you will see a green bag covered in bobbles. The ad is for Grayson E accessories and patterns. Well, I knit that bag and wrote the pattern. The woman who is the creative force behind Grayson E is a friend of the owner of Muse (the yarn store where I work) and put her in contact with me. I was given a sketch and a swatch and we talked about dimensions. From that I knit the sample pictured in the ad and wrote the pattern. Pretty cool, no? From that same issue I'm knitting the 'Tangled Yoke Cardigan' the ribbing of which is pictured above. I'm using the called for yarn, Felted Tweed. So far, so good.
Another fun thing I'm doing is helping out the owner of Crystal Palace Yarns with translating her patterns from the Japanese diagram style to the written out style that we tend to use here in the States and sizing them in multiple sizes. So if you ever look at the free sweater patterns you might see my name down there at the bottom on a few of them. I went to her warehouse in Richmond and was taken on a tour. Wow. I don't think I have ever been in the presence of so much yarn. She gave me a few random balls to play with so I am knitting them into a bag that I will felt. So far I've used Fjord and Merino Stripes held together. My plan is to taper the top and then after it is felted put a zipper on it so I can use it to hold a knitting project. This is knitting up quickly but I am trying to stay focused on the cardigan so I don't lose steam.
So in addition to merging my husband and father's business, maintaining my existing fiber business, and working once or twice a week at Muse I'm also doing all this pattern translating and editing (I'm also looking at pattern for the woman behind the Ann Norling patterns!). I'm busy but happy so I consider myself very lucky. Thank you for your patience with me after all this time!
Happy now Maia?