Thursday, June 3, 2010

#39 - THINGS ARE HAPPENING.



If you know me, you're well aware that I have all the ridiculousness, the inability to manage life, the lack of concern for my social status, and the affinity for food of one Liz Lemon. I run blindly into overwhelming situations with the outward appearance of someone without a care in the world, while inside my neuroses are usually getting the best of me. I'm pretty sure this is how I've turned summer, typically a season of relaxation and fun, into the most stressful month of my life. So bear with me as I rattle off a list of all this month's goings-on - and note that a lot of these things are of my own doing...

1. I joined the Fiona Twitalong (a little late) with some fabulous knitters - @CheekyTart @KillerLashes @knittyornice @Voolenvine. I'll be knitting up the Fiona All Grown-Up in KnitPicks Comfy Fingering in Whisker grey and Sea Foam blue... as soon as the yarn arrives on my doorstep. Oh, and this is my first KnitPicks yarn, so I'm looking forward to trying it out!

2. I'm still busy at work on my mom's Drops Jacket. Ravel it! This is fantastically relaxing knitting... swathes of stockinette in bulky weight. It's a breeze (so far).

3. I'm in the process of getting my knitty business plans off the ground. A few people in my life have urged me to start putting some of my own designs out into the ether, so I'm in the midst of designing new patterns, making up business cards, setting up an etsy shop, and applying for some craft fairs. It's incredibly exciting and scary all at once, but I'm looking forward to seeing where things go.

4. I'm joining in on the Creativity Boot Camp, a free e-course designed to get those creative juices flowing. Considering the big projects I have underway, I hope this will get me thinking in different and inspiring ways. I've never participated in a project like this, so I'm intrigued to see how it goes, but by the looks of things, this will be the kick in the pants I need to get my crafty ideas on the fast track.

5. Meanwhile, I'm auditing my last class that ends in July, my contract with my job ends in July so I'm on the hunt for something new, and my lease on my place ends in July too! Yikes.

Okay... deep breaths. Time to get some reading done on my balcony before I head to the office. And in the style of Liz Lemon, maybe a snack.

12 comments:

Alexandra said...

Good luck with the designing! I can't wait to see what you're working on :)

Where the nodding violets grow said...

Gosh you have a busy schedule for the summer. Good luck with everything. I look forward to seeing your designs.

Jane said...

Wow, what a fabulous jacket for you mom. I understand how life can suddenly be overwhelming and then come the sleepless nights. I think you have wonderful goals and will be able to achieve them. I look forward to seeing designs!

AC said...

You need a bag of Sabor De Soledad. ;)

Pamela said...

My goodness! You are so crafty and GOOD at it. I wish I had a hand for knitting... I gave it a go several years ago and then again when I was pregnant for the third time. I just can't stick with it!

Lisa said...

That Creativity Boot Camp sounds so cool! I would love to try something like that to get inspired. I think sometimes you just get into an art rut and can't come up with anything new, so this would be a great way to brainstorm new ideas.

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hey Rachel,
I'm joining in the Creativity Bootcamp too! Better than fitness any day!! Thanks for blogging about! Yeah for PEARs!

Anna

P.S. No knitting for me, too hot, but maybe some fiber creations.

Holly said...

You have some great stuff happening. Cannot wait to see your designs. Creativity Bootcamp sounds fantastic...I am checking that out!

Gabrielle @ Bee Wise Bags said...

wow, you are going to be busy... I always tell myself, "this summer, you are going to smell the roses, sit in the gardens, enjoy yourself" BUT, instead I plant a millions roses, work in the gardens and everywhere else AND WORK WORK WORK, ugh! I think we might be the same person. :) Don't get me wrong I think I am more of a worker than a relaxer, so maybe I'm actually relaxing while I'm working myself to death...hmmm.

Batty said...

Wow, you're crazy busy! Good luck with the job hunt and creative endeavors. And don't forget to breathe.

g-girl said...

whew! good luck with everything. sending you good vibes. exciting to hear about your future in designing. :)

iknit2purl2 said...

I love the jacket! Best wishes for the design business!