Slowing Down to Gear Up!

Kathleen & Annie On The Road

When Kathleen and I are on the road, we’re ON THE ROAD.  For the first few years we travelled, I liked to pretend that I’d actually get work done, taking my computer and knit projects with me wherever we went.

It became pretty obvious, though, that time on road meant ROAD TIME, and although I’d squeeze out the odd new design, or blog post, the energy required to be present in classes and in the booth meant that our non-show hours were usually just recharging our batteries.

The unknown knitter!

This isn’t a bad thing, although at first I thought it was.  Learning to accept that I have limited time and energy forces me to focus more intently on exactly WHAT is the most important thing for me to do.  These past two weeks, the most important thing I needed to do was REST.

Physically I was shattered – perhaps a bit mentally, too – and as I told Gerry this morning, “Sitting and resting is the hardest work I’ve ever done!”

Kathleen, Layla, Annie, Becca.

Tomorrow I go back into the dye studio, although my assistant will be handling just about EVERY physical aspect of the work.  I’m still a mass of pain, my chest burns with the Costochondritis and walking is still a bit painful from the accompanying sciatica.

I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to use Layla (my assistant) to help me bridge the place from not being able to do ANYTHING to doing EVERYTHING myself.

Asking for help is hard.  Almost as hard as resting. I have to get better at doing both if I intend to do this rather physical job of yarn dyeing for the long haul!

And – for what it’s worth – I HAVE been working on a new design idea or two during my self-imposed sitting time.  Idle hands, and all that.  And if I continue to recover as I have been, I’m hoping to be back on my bike sometime this week, just for a mile or so, just to get my muscles used to the feeling of riding.

And I REALLY need some of that riding joy right about now!

Our next show isn’t until August 17, so I have plenty of time to move slowly.  It’s the wonderful Michigan Fiber Festival, one of our favorites and it’s in Allegan, MI.  Please do come by and say, “Hi!” if you’re in the area — you won’t regret it, it’s a LOVELY show!

Three on Thursday-Snow Day Edition

One of our New Year’s intentions is to blog more in 2018.  We kind of fell away from blogging last year as we got busier with shows and travel.  And today is the perfect day to blog because it’s SNOWING!

Outside Kathleen’s side door!

 

It been a snow drought this winter here in Saint Paul, so  a snow day is exciting and fun!  (Well, until the deep freeze comes back tonight and everything ices over…)  It’s been frigid up until the past few days. Then it got warm (34 degrees!). And now it’s back to below zero. Brrrrrrrr.

 

 

 

Three Perfect Things About a Snow Day

  1. A snow day is the perfect day to catch up on paperwork!  Today I’m organizing things to send off to our accountant for taxes. It’s so easy to let these little jobs pile up, but it’s nice to have the time to get organized.
  2. A snow day is also great for online shopping! I ordered this binder to carry at shows to hold our sales tax licenses and applications and all the paperwork I’m always stashing in my bag or the cash box.
  3. A snow day is the perfect day for some knitting! I’ve decided I need some finger-less mitts to wear at our spring shows, so I’m planning on casting on Ragtop by Susan Lawrence in our ModeWerk Worsted, color Daenerys’ Eyes.
ModeWerk Worsted in Daenerys’ Eyes
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PODCAST IS BACK!

After a brief hiatus (okay a few months…) due to general busy-ness of a hand dyeing business, a major move (house and aforementioned business) AND an old computer finally giving up the ghost, we have achieved PODCAST again!

My new MacBook Pro allows me to do cool things like actually read emails AND edit a podcast – huzzah!  With my old MacBook I’d worn it to the place where it took about an hour to export an MP3 file.  Today I did it in 3 minutes.  Touch me!

We’re hoping to stick to an two-week schedule with the casts, but we’ll see what life throws up at us!  At any rate, the previous podcasts are up and eminently listenable, here’s hoping they bring a bit of enjoyment to your fiber related, industrious and ever-artful activities!

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