Tuesday, July 22, 2014

There simply aren't enough hours

Do you ever feel....just...overly inspired? I swear, there are just NOT enough hours in the day to do everything I'd like to do! In terms of knitting, I have three projects on the needles (I'm working on the Bleecker Street Cardigan, the Wonderful Wallaby toddler sweater, and a pair of socks) right now, which is a lot for me. In addition to my ever growing Ravelry queue, I've been toying around with some of my own designs. I've got at least two fairly concrete design ideas, and images of sweater designs are dancing just at the edges of my brain, not yet developed enough even for a sketch. But they are there, waiting.

Sewing, oh sewing. I've made a top recently that I'll be blogging about in a few weeks for a pattern release. I have one completed toddler dress that I'd like to do a review of (no one asked me to, just my opinion), but I actually have fabric to do another one from the same book, so I feel like I'd like to complete that before doing a review as that might be a little more comprehensive. I have a really good (in my opinion!) idea for some burlap baskets both for my house and my shop. Sadly I feel like most all of the sewing projects would be so much easier to do in my new space. I feel so cramped in my sewing room now, and so annoyed at having to do cutting on the dining room table. So, skipping in line ahead of all of these projects is some drywall taping, and mudding, and painting, and cutting-table-building. Just a few things...

Have I mentioned I'd love to try screen printing? Have I ever done screen printing? No. Not yet anyway....wait, that might not actually be true. I think I did it once in high school. Anyway, I'm totally enamored with the idea of it and I've been doing some internet research. Because I'm crazy.

Realistically, while I want to do everything right this second, I don't have any kind of timeline on anything, with the exception of toddler sized garments, because, you know, kids grow. I feel somewhat guilty for neglecting my shop so much this summer. I had grand plans to get ahead, and mostly...I just haven't. Personal projects have just been too tempting! I'd really love to have my new photography studio set up so that I can re-shoot everything and do a complete overhaul of the shop's look. That's so silly. I have a few things I could go ahead and list, but the perfectionist in me just wants to wait until everything is just right. And so it languishes, all sad and forlorn.

So with all of this pent up creativity just tugging at my brain, what am I to do?

I wish I was one of those people who ritually cleans when they're stressed out, but that is definitely not the case. (Or for fun. I've heard there are people who clean for fun? That would be nice!) I guess it means it was REALLY busy in my head if I felt the need to lash out at the dust bunnies below my couch.

This helped too. Multitasking my knitting and relaxing.

And then?

I decided to cast on the smallest of those design ideas to see if it's as cute in real life as it is in my head.


  1. It's like we share a brain! I have the same problem! I usually combat the over-inspiration by just starting one thing and trying to see it through to the end before I start something else. There's usually something else lined up ready to start, so that gets me finishing things more quickly than I normally would.

    Are you testing for someone else's pattern or your own? Let me know if you ever need a pattern tester - I would love to help - sewing, knitting, crocheting... Even if it's for a little girl - I could always use gifts!

    1. I'm actually trying out writing my own! I got a lot of positive feedback from a so simple it's embarrassing cowl pattern I put up, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I would LOVE help testing it out! I will let you know when I've got something ready!