priorities

Well, they certainly did change a bit in the last few months to a year.  I started a new job, Mr. Booties started a new job, child #1 started a new job and moved, and child #2 quit a job and had some other “learning to be an adult” adventures.

Blogging and knitting definitely suffered as a result.

As far as knitting for this year … I had some grand plans.  Suffice it to say that I’ve scaled those back to manageable levels.  A few baby gifts, a few small things for myself (maybe a cardigan or two) and some gifts for friends in Australia where we’re headed in August for two weeks.  I’ll post separately with an update on projects finished, underway, and planned.

The design front came to a grinding halt too.  Plans for mitts, socks, and some new booties are all on hold.  Hopefully, I’ll have time to work on those through the winter.  I am planning a quick and easy sport-weight scarf to keep me occupied while we’re in Australia.  We’ll see.

Work was wonderful – a very rewarding first year.  The very busy second half of the year was made even busier by the decision to renovate the entire first floor of the library building this summer.  Quite a few projects I had planned were put on the back-burner due to the need to pack, weed, and redistribute furniture in the last month or so of the school year.  I’m looking forward, this summer, to working on some of those projects and to getting workflows and procedures figured out for them.  I do hope next year is a little more settled, but with a newly renovated space, another new librarian coming on board, and my review/evaluation in the fall it will probably just be a different kind of chaos. ;)

work stuff

This is the box with the most pressing stuff in it, packed from my office (which is being demolished) at the end of the year.  The big binder is my new “keep it all in one place” to-do/action list and I hope to get some of the peskier little messes out of the way this summer.

 

bad …

… blogger … somewhat bad knitter.

Life got busy with a new job and somehow 6 months or so just flew by.  The new job is great, but I just haven’t had the mental energy to keep up with everything.  One of my goals for the new year is to get a little balance back into my life.

Knitting suffered a bit too.  My goal of 11 in 11 (pairs of socks and cabled things) was just barely achieved and only with a little fudging.  One “pair” of socks were these tiny ones …

 tiny socks

Some of the socks were cabled, so they counted for both.  Not exactly what I had in mind initially, but still not too bad.

Some of the socks did double duty on the design front too.  I’m working on two separate cable patterns:

Hugs & Kisses:

hugs and kisses socks

and Manly Hugs:

manly hugs mitts

I’m hoping to have patterns written up and published for mitts and socks for both by the middle of January.  Eventually, I’d like to add a toe-up version to the sock patterns too.

wip

A “wip,” in knitting terms, is a “work in progress.”

Over the next few weeks (or the next few days if I get obsessed enough and can find the time), my website will be transitioning to this design.  Using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) will enable me to create a static front page with this blog as one of the menu options off that main page.  I think I’ve finally figured out how to do it without obliterating anything.

Needless to say, there will be much backing up before anything is moved and/or deleted.

So, if you’re arriving at this page from a home page that has the same design, that means I’ve succeeded.  Wish me luck!

chalk it up to experience

Glad to be posting again.  Really.  Yesterday I completely obliterated this entire blog.  I seem to have recovered most of it, but am missing almost all the uploaded pictures.  Not sure how, or if, I can fix that problem.  I may need to just move on. Also, none of my pages (about, knitting, etc.) are working. *sigh*

I’ve learned a lot from this experience so far.  Trying to use WordPress as a CMS is both ridiculously easy and crazy hard.  Oh, and fraught with danger.  ;)

Further adventures later today if I don’t blow it up again.