Long time, no crochet! The past three years were hellish. I was in and out of homelessness fast enough to make your head spin. Hopefully, this current trend in my life is a permanent upswing. At any rate I’m crocheting tonight. My crojo has hit me and gotten my attention.
To add insult to injury, I was paid up on rent for two months past the date of my eviction! I filed a small claims suit against my landlord and could have gotten her for the triple damages allowed in this state. But the stress of the situation was triggering my heart condition causing me to have bouts of atrial fibrillation. I needed to lower my stress level. Otherwise I would end up in the hospital or worse. So, I had the court dismiss my case without prejudice. (That gives me the option of bringing it back within the statute of limitations.)
Things have greatly improved since then. After a few months, I found someone to rent me a room for $310 a month with no deposit. After dealing with being homeless during humid 100+ degree weather, I’m grateful to be living indoors again. Phew! To top it off, I’m now a land owner – 6 acres of practically virgin country land! I found a way to start on my dream of owning my own home again free and clear even on a low income. I call my place Homestead Acres at Freedom Farms.
Now that I’m on the upswing after several years of life challenges, my desire to play with yarn has come back. And boy has it come back with a force! I took out my Bond knitting machine that had been sitting in its box for 4 years and started going to town with machine knitting. I’m loving it! I’m even making things for sale to supplement my income. This is the perfect time of year for it. I only been at it a few weeks and it’s already profitable! I’m inspired to keep going and see just what I can make of my little start-up knitting business. It is giving me something to blog about again.
I have had quite a busy time since I last blogged. I ended up leaving the start-up agricultural consulting firm I was asked to be a part of. I’m now focusing on my Metro Farms program and Humanist fellowship. Lots of work to do there! I’m settling into the house I moved into a few weeks ago. I’m still in school and still unemployed. It has been almost two years now without a job. I continue to look while I see if I can make the Humanist fellowship and its programs financially sustainable.
It has only been less than a week since I’ve started crocheting again. We’ve had some cold days making walking on campus a little “brrrrrrr!”. I’m finding keeping up with a hat and scarf inconvenient, so I’m making myself a cowl. It will be long enough to pull up over my head and face when needed and I can take it off and stuff it into my coat pocket. It’s black, so it will go with anything. And because I’m making it in black loop slip stitch, it will be comfy and stretchy.
What about publishing more patterns? Blah! I don’t see any in my near future…at least not any formal patterns. I just don’t enjoy making them. I just want to crochet. From here on out that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Since I tried to get into designing for patterns, my crochet has stalled out big time. That’s a good enough sign that designing for patterns really isn’t for me. I’m embracing taking the path of least resistance – just do whatever feels fun for me in crochet purely for the fun of it. Who knows where it will lead, right? I’ll post a pic of my cowl when it’s done.
Recently, I’ve become a partner in a startup agriculture consulting firm. (Not making any money yet though.) Between that and school, I’ve been distracted from crochet. Hopefully, I’ll get back to it soon. I have 4 patterns to finish up and publish.
Check out the new material in the Slip Stitch Crochet tutorial on the Before You Begin page! An additional paragraph has been added under Starting Chain and a completely new section on Turning Direction has been added. Keep an eye out for future additions to the tutorial.
Just a note to let you know that enough people have answered the pattern testing call. Thank you to everyone who responded! All responders have been placed on a list of testers to contact in the future before announcing future testing calls online.
Below are quick snapshots (from my phone) of two scarves ready for pattern testing. These are Slip Stitch Crochet projects. The photos are not final photos and do not show the true color of the items.
To complete this test, testers need only work the pattern rows twice, then answer a few feedback questions about the project and email me a photo of their results. Pattern testers will be given credit in the published pattern for their contribution.
Target Completion Date: August 31, 2011
If you are interested in answering this testing call, enter your information below (choose which pattern you want to test) and click ‘submit’.