Monday, September 24, 2012

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Sometimes I do projects for other people. Okay, let's be real. Most of the time, I do projects for other people. This one in particular has been sitting on the hutch in my kitchen calling my name for over a month now. Why have I been putting it off? I'll show you.

 Any guesses as to why I would have put this off? Besides the "oh crap, if I mess this up I will have to lace crochet an entire blanket for a lady I don't know"?
 So I did it. I cut out the offending square, and tomorrow I will work on gauges and then crochet the piece I charted out today. I plan on blocking the entire tablecloth at the store over this coming weekend. Eeeek. I'm hoping not to spend more than 10 or 15 hours on this whole thing... but we're always so optimistic on the amount of time spent on a project, I think. My husband and I joke that we should take our conservative estimates and multiply times three. I will take pictures and probably tell you all about it next week. I promise.
Meanwhile, when I have some time today, I am going to pick up my size 11 needles and work on an alpaca bulky cable scarf. For me. Okay, for the store. But one day, I will wear it!

And since it's my day off, I need to hurry up and go change the laundry before Miles wakes up and we have to run errands. Sounds like a day off, right?

And because we're having an awesome contest that ends this week, I have to mention that, too. You could get a whole lot of alpaca yarn with that FREE $50 in yarn!!

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Happy Knitting, Crocheting, or heirlooming of any kind!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Small Beginnings

For those of you who like stories, this blog might be for you.

I am a small business owner of a Local Yarn Shop which opened in January of 2012. In March I gave birth to our first child... which means that I am in charge of not only trying to get a small business off the ground, but trying to raise a child at the same time. Miles, my son, is with me every day at the shop, where I attempt to discretely breastfeed him in between helping customers, winding yarn, and placing orders with vendors. Most days, I am at the shop from 9am to 8:15pm. And no, he does not usually sleep on the shelves....

My husband makes the shop furniture, a venture he had never tried until this year. It works better and worse than we thought. Better: I can't buy more yarn for the store until I have the next finished piece. It keeps me from overspending and having too much yarn in our small "storage" space (also known as "Miles' apartment" since he sleeps back there). Worse: since all of these furniture pieces are hand-crafted, stained, and finished, it takes FOREVER. My husband is a champ.

 We are learning so many things, trying so many things... right now, it's just a strange balance between getting enough sleep, and trying to make sure everything just keeps going...

Welcome to my yarn shop.

Welcome to my life.
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