There is nothing that can inspire panic in a maker than realizing the calendar says November and you’re behind on your holiday gift-making. I’ve found five patterns that can help relieve some of your panic.
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- Vinita Fingerless Mitts – Fingerless Mitts for kids by Banana Moon Studios
- Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap – Free pattern from Sweet Potato 3
- One-Skein Crochet Cable Earwarmer/Headband – Free headband from Stitch in Progress.
- Malia Boot Cuffs – This free pattern from Little Monkey’s Crochet includes a video tutorial.
- Quick 1-Skein Super Bulky Infinity Scarf – Free pattern from Oombawka Designs
I hope these quick patterns will take some of the stress away from some of your holiday gift-making.
If there is anything I want to remember, I write it down. I had started an editorial calendar in the purple notebook in this picture.
I finished working in it one day and “put it up.” Okay, let’s be real. I put it in a tote bag that I use a lot.
The tote bag got moved. I have another one I can use. (They call me the bag lady for a reason.) No big deal.
At least, no big deal until I started looking for that notebook.
“Just get another notebook. It’s not like you don’t have enough.”
“Just use your phone like everyone else does. ” (No, nobody really said either of these to me.)
But I needed that notebook because of some things I had written in it. Plus, another notebook was with it. My crochet notebook. I really needed that one too.
And I’ve tried just keeping things in my phone. It doesn’t work for me. There’s something about the contact of pen with paper that I find necessary.
This morning, I saw the original tote bag with both notebooks inside. I feel like I’ve been found.
Or at least part of my brain has been.
Question of the day: Do you write everything down on paper or put it in your phone? Why?
Last week, I had too many things goin on, so I had to rearrange some priorities. I had an outpatient procedure on Friday so health came first.
Health should always come first and I try to do that, but sometimes I’m better at it than other times.
But because of that there were some things that got lost in the shuffle. I didn’t get my blog posts done or my newsletter sent. I also didn’t gte my column done.
When worlds collide — whether health, hobby, work, etc. — don’t feel like you’ve failed when something has to be put on a back burner. We’re only human and we can only do so much.
I still crocheted, but I didn’t ralk much about it. I figured I could catch up on that this week. Not onl that, I r4alized that I need to get a little ahead in my posts, newsletters, and columns so that I can (hopefully) avoid such problems in the future.
Does that mean it will happen that way?
No. Of course not. I’m only human and plans do sometimes fall by the wayside. But it does mean I will make more of an effort to stay ahead of my commitments.
That’s all anyone can ask of themselfes. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Try to do better.
That’s true of all of us.
Be kind to yourself.
That’s what I would like to know. Are you a crochet pattern tester or would you like to be?
A few years ago, I designed a some crochet patterns. I didn’t really know what I was doing and I didn’t know how to find the information I needed at the time, so I stopped.
Now I have access to great resources, including Crochetpreneur Business Academy, and I’ve started again.
I made a prototype of the Double-Layer Crochet Beanie and wrote the pattern. I got it typed and ready to be tested.
That’s where you come in. I need a few people to test it.
How does that work?
I send you a PDF copy of the pattern. You crochet the hat and let me know about any problems, questions, or other comments about it. You would also take some pictures of your finished hat to send to me with permission to use in promoting the pattern. The deadline is September 20 (2019).
What do you think?
Send me an email if you’re interested.
I can generally work with anything going on. As long as I have headphones or earbuds, I can drown out pretty much any annoying background noises. Sometimes, though, I can’t.
Today is one of those days.
The TV in the next room is too loud. I’m tired and my mind keeps wandering. Random bits of conversation filter through.
What do you do on days where everything is a distraction? What distracts you?
Today, I’m keeping on keeping on. I’m chipping away at my to-do list. I’ve made some phone calls, sent some emails, and now I’m working on this post. Later, I will work on some crochet and do some planning around that.
I have one more phone call to make and some book edits to work on, too. So I would say that despite the distractions, I’m making good progress.
What about you?
Before you start wondering, no, I dont want to eat yarn. Though some of the colors are yummy enough that they look like candy.
I have a dog — technically, my dad has a dog — that apparently likes the taste of yarn. I try to keep it out of reach so she can’t get to it, but it doesn’t always work.
I had an appointment in Oklahoma City yesterday. When we got home yesterday afternoon, it was almost 100dF. When it was time for dinner, we didn’t want to heat up the house by cooking in the kitchen. We went to town to grab a quick bite. We got home and there was yarn strewn all over the living room.
Ellie had somehow got one of my yarn bags and took it to the living room where she empied it and played with the yarn.
This bag had a shawl I’ve finished for my Grandma but not given to her yet. The yarn is bison down/silk. Thankfully, the shawl was still intact and there were no holes in it. Well… No unwanted holes in it.
She almost got my pretty Furls crochet hook out of its case. The hook is fine. The case is a little worse for wear.
I thought that bag had been out of her reach, but apparently not. I just have to get smarter than the dog again.
Do any of your pets have a taste for your supplies? Or have you ever had a pet that did? Leave a comment and let’s chat.
Don’t you just love the frames YouTube decides to use as your video cover? that will change once I do he thumbnail and upload it, too, but until then, I’m obvioulsy in mid-word and look like I’m making a goofy face.
I’m restarting my YouTube channel. Last Friday, I uploaded a reintroduction video, so here it is.
I would love it if you would go over to YouTube and leave me a comment or a like. Or subscribe. That would be very appreciated!
I’ll be talking about writing, creativity, and crochet. So if there is anthing specific you would like to hear about, let me know. This week’s video will be about some aspect of writing. Exactly what isn’t decided yet, but it will prolbably be about one of my favorite poetic forms, mainly because I have a catchy hook in my head and if I don’t use it, it will drive me bonkers.
Well… More bonkers. How’s that?