Saturday, July 11, 2009

change in plans

Remember when I said I was going to cut back my work related knitting to just two projects for the summer? Well, it's looking like even that was too optimistic. I was hoping to have about two hours each day to knit, which would have made my plans do-able. But lately I've been getting more like half an hour a day, sometimes none at all. Partly this is because Lev is at a really fun age, learning and growing so quickly, and I don't want to waste a minute that I could be spending with him. Partly it's because I have chores to do! You know, we like to have clean clothes and home-cooked food. Plus, being able to see the floors requires tidying and vacuuming the cat hair regularly.

After going over all the possible options this morning with Mr. Mitten, I finally decided to put off the secret project I was working on. Progress on it was a lot slower than I expected, and the deadline is in only 6 weeks. You see, I'd wanted to submit a pattern to an online knitting magazine, because getting accepted would mean a lot more attention and recognition for my designs. I choose an idea I'd had for over a year, and picked the issue I thought would be best for it. But I've finally admitted that I don't have the time to do as good a job as I would like, and I would rather be doing more important things. It feels like a huge weight has lifted from my shoulders, so I guess I made the right decision.

I'm still going to be working on the new edition of Fuzzy Knits, since there is less pressure for an exact deadline, and knitting on them is a lot of fun, so it doesn't really feel like work. I also have an excellent idea for a new pattern, which I will try to find a bit of time for over the next few months. That way there will be something awesome and new for you this autumn.

My secret idea that I wanted to submit to the magazine will stay on the back-burner, and I'll work away at it when I feel like it. Maybe I'll submit it to some future issue when I feel it's ready, or maybe I'll just sell it myself.


Misty said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying your time with your baby! I look forward to seeing all of your new and revised creations as you have time for them. And I just wanted to say that I've loved the new photos I've seen on Ravelry of your Fuzzy Knits.

GodfreyKate said...

Yes, Ms. Mitten, all things in their time.

With Mr. Mitten and Lev on your Fuzzy Board of Directors, great things are sure to happen in a timely manner here on Fuzzy Thoughts.

SusanG said...

This special time you have with Lev in his first year is irreplaceable - enjoy it all as "firsts" or never recreated! Those of this that love your designs will be that much more excited when you are able to share something new with is - while anticipation can drive us crazy - new patterns are so exciting when they are released. Keep us up to date as time permits. As a mom you are making the best decisions - Lev is one lucky baby boy!

Martha said...

I find most of my knitting time when my 9 month old grandson is 'k'napping. I'm a teacher, so time with him is getting very short. Next summer he will be SO much bigger.