Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday - 8/31/2011

Well, I'm back! And back for real, now. It's been a rough month with some amazing highs and lows. I've been super busy since I got back from all the traveling, though, catching up on both work, craft and personal stuff, so I've let a lot of days get away from me.

The highest high was that I got to see a lot of my wonderful friends and spend lots of time with them, celebrate and help put in place a wedding, sip afternoon tea, and generally love my family and the people who might as well be my family. The lowest low is that on August 19th, my 93-year-old grandfather passed away. He's been a fixture in my whole life, always present and supportive and generous. I won't say he was a saint, cause he wasn't at all, but he was my Poppop, and it doesn't yet feel real that he wouldn't be there if I called.

As for WIP, well, I think I'M the WIP this week. It's been a busy one for crafting, and I've think four or five FO for Friday (some are older that I just haven't gotten around to posting). This week is more about planning. Today is the last day of the third round of the second Nerd Wars tournament - and the last day of the tournament as a whole! Which means September is a free month, and I can start planning for the future. The big plan is this one:

I'm gonna make that blanket, except I'm going to do so in shades of black and rainbow as my contrasting colors. I'm planning to do it in Red Heart, with the thought that if I do it out of less expensive materials, I'll feel no compunction about ACTUALLY USING IT, even with the knowledge that my dog will lie on my bed and potentially damage it. :) I'm gonna buy the materials today...

Another plan is to actually mobilize and get some craft business WORK done. Man, have I been slacking all summer! Throughout the fall, I'm going to make the second drafts and publish the patterns for various things like my starfish, my roly poly king, the fox, and more.

Well, it's not much to share, but it's been that kinda month. Friday will be more interesting, with all my recent finished projects.

Join in on the fun over at Work in Progress Wednesday on Tami's Amis and Other Creations Blog!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Don't Bury Me....

Hey readers, I just wanted to put up a brief note that I'm still around and stuff, but things are too crazy right now for words. I went directly from a fun thing (Gencon!) to a not fun thing (work conference in Washington DC!) to a fun thing (one of my closest friends weddings!) to a really not fun thing (my grandfather has pneumonia, has been sent home from the hospital and is receiving hospice care). Toss in that I have a major, unavoidable, has-to-be-done-and-I'm-the-only-one-who-can-do-it work deadline on Friday and another on the 31st, and you can see why my blog hasn't been getting much updating! I haven't been crafting much anyway, when I finish work and I'm not spending my time with people I just don't have any energy left for anything (I spent an hour yesterday lying on the floor, staring at the ceiling, singing along with my iPhone...yeah...)

But there's more to come! I've really been thinking hard the last couple weeks about what I want out of my crafting time, and I'll be re-aligning my priorities to start getting more patterns out again, cause I've really let that slide. I'll still be doing all my Rav stuff, too, I'll just be changing my approach. :)

One of the things I love about life is that I know that no matter how good or bad things are at any given time, there are both better and worse times ahead, and that's amazing...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Work In Progress Wednesday, 8/3/2011

I'm at Gencon and waiting for friends for dinner, so welcome to the lightning fast version of WIP Wednesday!

This week, I'm getting back to a couple projects I had shelved - my gull lace "shawl" baby blanket...

Which I'm about 2/3rds of the way done with...(more than last time I shared it!)

And my Angels and Demons shawl...

...which I've done NOTHING on in 6 weeks!

I'm traveling for two weeks, and these are the only projects I brought, so presumably I'll have to get SOMETHING done on them.

Check out everyone else's WIP over on Tami's Ami and Other Creations blog, where WIP Wednesday is celebrating it's one year anniversary!