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Archive for April, 2017

Spring Cleaning My Stash

My stash has been out of control for awhile now. Check out CAWcreations Episode 1 to see the pile behind me. At 23:33 of the video, I show my craft room. The cleaning has not progressed since that time. I can confidently say I have more yarn than I will ever get knit into projects. There have been many attempts at control but get me into a yarn store and all bets are off.

Last September I donated a bunch of yarn to UPEI Student Affairs for their knitting group. My son works there and has told me that they did not need to get any more all year. There is still some left. I also made up how to knit kits for about a dozen Psychology student because we were going to knit at lunch in the lounge. I still have yarn galore.

This spring I decided I should get smart about my projects. Especially because there are projects that have been on the needles for years. It is my wavering attention. I love starting a project and learning how to do it but then have a problem finishing it. My brainstorm was to get several shoe box sized clear totes so that I can sort by project. It is working well. Except for the fact that I started moving my stash got one tote moved and then got doing other projects.

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I love being able to grab the tote for my Find Your Fade and go work on it. The tote has all the colours I still have to add, the project, and the pattern. My sock yarn blanket has its own tote, although the tote will have to grow as the project does. Each of the sweaters has its own tote. Then the ones I take to knitting regularly reside in my knitting bag, in their own project bags. It seems to be working for me.

Now to get the rest of the stash done.

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Family Flying the Nest

It has been a year of change. My children are growing up so well. I am proud of all three of them. But it does mean a change in my focus, they do not need quite so much of my attention. Usually when I have time to do stuff, they are working, studying, or hanging with their friends. I know it is what I raised them to do and I so want them to have their own lives and experiences. Now I have to let them go and do their thing.

This Easter weekend it was particularly apparent. My oldest has his own spot downtown near his work. It has been really hard but I have been waiting for him to text me instead of texting every time I think of it. I did not hear from him until Sunday morning before going to my parents for Easter dinner. My middle guy is in the midst of his final project for second year engineering at UPEI, so he did not go to any of the family gatherings because he had to submit assignments periodically throughout the holiday weekend. My baby drove us to both of our family gatherings. She is graduating from high school this year and is already registered for her courses at UPEI next year. Where or where did my babies go.

My husband and I are spending lots of time together. I am so glad that we have stayed close because most evenings and weekends it is to two of us. On Friday, we took our dog, Molly for a walk on the beach while both the kids that live at home worked. We stopped in at Fleece & Harmony on the way so I could pick up yarn to draft new sock patterns for the summer season. Saturday we went  to the market and did some shopping before picking our baby up from work and going to visit family in Summerside. Sunday was dinner with my family including my oldest and youngest. Monday we got to relax. I so needed a down day.

We are watching the new Anne of Green Gables series on CBC, so I looked up my Anne books and have started rereading. I do this fairly regularly but it has been a few years this time. Last night I finished the first book. I like how they are true to the book while adding a bit of the darker side of life during that time period.

My First Podcast on CAWcreations.org

Now that I have more than one pattern for sale on Ravelry I have decided to do a biweekly podcast about knitting and books I have read. Hopefully, it will keep me on track for completing knitting projects and on pace for the pledge to myself to read 100 books a year.

2017_CAWcreationsPicYou can check out CAWcreations Episode 1 on CAWcreations.org or on Cheryl Ann Wartman YouTube Channel. It is a work in progress. I am learning everything on the fly. The process is amazing except for taping time that scares me so much. People say they could not tell but I had so many knots in my stomach. It is funny because I have no problem lecturing to a classroom but taping seemed so much worse. Someone told me once if you were not scared sometimes you were not challenging yourself enough. This is challenging.

My next taping date is this Thursday. I hope to have CAWcreations Episode 2 up for Saturday morning. Here is to challenging ourselves.