Patience

Basically, I have none. I have a ton of things I want to do, but I want to be able to get them done instantaneously and move on. 

It’s why I’ve started my current cross stitch project four times now. I get tired of doing small bits of color and decide that I totally can count ten spaces out from my last stitch and put one in the right place. No, no I cannot. You would think I would stop making that mistake by the five thousandth time, but I’m pretty sure I’m on time six thousand sixty-three.

So, considering I am now on the last strip of this roll of fabric, I am going to use every last ounce of patience I can muster to take it slow. One patch at a time, never more than three spaces in a line or two diagonal spaces between the last stitches and the next. Let’s see how long that lasts.

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WIP Wednesday: Plugging Along

Before you say anything, I know how many days there are until Christmas. I know I am insane for thinking I can make presents for everyone on my list in the next 21 days. Incredibly insane considering I ordered most of the yarns for said projects during the big sale on KnitPicks Saturday and probably won’t see them for at least another week. Although, that does give me time to focus on these

(imagine them about a hands-length now because I was too impatient to wait for my picture to show up in G+)

which are almost at the end of one of three and a half repeats.

I know, I know. Back to work. At least it’s giving me time to catch up on way too many seasons of 19 Kids and Counting on Netflix.

Don’t judge me. 😛

WIP Wednesday: Project Tunnel Vision

I feel like I have a million projects that need to be done at once, and yet I am really only focusing on one. Mostly because that one is actually two and they are (hopefully) Christmas presents. So I probably need to focus on them. Except that a lot of the other things are also Christmas presents. Hope everyone likes gift cards. 🙂

The one (two) thing(s) I am working on is (are) done in two parts, from the outside in, that will be grafted together once both parts are finished. I started off by doing these one at a time. After I finished one 57-row repeat (and one border) out of a two and a half repeat per side project, I decided to make it easier on myself. Rather than making the same thing four times over, I’m doing them all at once.

I only have three on this needle, but the fourth is waiting on an extra cable to be connected once they are all at the same place in the pattern. Right now these three are on row 9 of the edging. It really is going more smoothly, once I managed to get all the stitches cast on correctly. Took about an hour of casting on and starting the first row, finding out there were way too many stitches, and re-casting on to get everything going.

These are almost the only things I have been working on this week. Makes for a bit of a boring update. But, I did also set up a Twitter account for Elizabeth House. You can follow it for more news about special events and things going on with the house.

Oh, one more thing. I managed to set up a Ravelry Store! So far the only thing there is my One-Day Armwarmers (Thanks for the love on that one, by the way.), but I am aiming to get a second (also free) pattern up there on Friday. If I can tear myself away from my current knitting, that is.

WIP Wednesday: Planning Stage

I don’t have many pictures this week. Mostly because I don’t really have much of what I’m working on started yet. Most of it is still in the planning stages. But I do have the yarn for my knitting projects.

But that is for a secret Christmas project. My Christmas projects are usually secret just in case I don’t get it done. That way no one is expecting something that can’t get completely finished by Christmas.

One thing I know I am getting finished on time are some hats I am making to put in the Operation Christmas Child boxes. Really, they are finished but I am adding these care tags to them, to make them look more legit and less “home-made.”

Also, tangentially related as my laundry is currently in progress, I found this on a clothing tag as I was separating clothes for the dryer or the hanger:

I wonder how many people on the line noticed that and yet said nothing. Or if it really got all the way through without anyone catching the typo.

WIP Wednesday: Piling Up

It gets dark at 5 o’clock now. As someone who gets afternoons off only a couple times a week, this means I spend a lot of time inside right now. But it is good for my “productivity”.

For those who don’t know, WIP stands for “Work in Progress”. But I’m sure there aren’t many people out there who don’t know that these days. Anyway, I’ve got a few different things in the works this week.

First, there is the growing pile of hats to be included in the Operation Christmas Child. Hopefully these boxes are going somewhere it gets cold at least some of the time.

The other thing I’m working on is semi-related to the first one. Patterns! One for some arm warmers and the other for these hats. I think the arm warmers will be this weekend, since I already have pictures for that one. I’m being lazy on taking pictures, editing, and formatting these patterns. But I have plenty of time when I’m not going outside after work to get it done, eh?