Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The end must be nigh...right? right?!

We're on vacation in BC right now for a family wedding. I've been working on a very strict and ambitious project deadline for the past 6 weeks. I thought I could finish the knitting work by the time our flight landed so I could spend the week pre-wedding, assembling the project in between wedding jobs and events.

I was three rows away from finishing the last piece of my secret deadline project when our flight to Victoria landed, so I went to the bathroom so that I would get a chance to finish it before we reached the baggage claim. Jason knew that my extended bathroom break was not a naturally occurring event...

A deadline is a what you make it: firm or flexible and I'm out of time for flexibility. Cue the Mission Impossible soundtrack. It's game time.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What's in your queue?

I work from home not self-employed but for a US consulting company. There are many many awesome benefits to working from home but wardrobe maintenance and social skills are not part of them. Tack on a 2.5 year old and aggressive budget, my home has become my kingdom. We try and make our home life as creatively and socially fulfilling as possible because, it's just cheaper.

To satisfy my Gemini need for people we try and have close friends and family over for dinner a few times a month, Jason has really found a love of baking and we have made exploring our cookbooks a part of our weekly rituals. Cooking has turned into a form of date night during which if we're lucky and Fenner is chilling out - we can decompress from the business of life.

I know I'm not original in any way but as someone who had made a decade long lifestyle choice to eat out and drink to excess every night of the week - this is a huge huge evolution for me. My fear (this might be borne out of my own set of neuroses) is that when things get truly complicated (we have more than 1 teenager) and family dinners becomes a luxury - we'll be out of the habit.

Anyway, all this to say is that the heart of my professional and most of my creative life can be found in my office (after much pleading from Jason to contain the wool!!!).

Here's what I have on the go right now as both stress relief and stress induction. It's also nice to have a reminder that there is life outside of my professional deadlines and pressures.
I'm in the heat of the final week and a half of a secret project that I can't talk about in detail. Those of you in the know will recognize some of it here in my wall picture here, in this growing pile of Noro. The project is shaping up nicely despite the 3 days of my schedule I lost to cottage opening.
Some amazing nameless MCN Lace from my friend Kim which will be some beautiful triangular foreign sounding shawl as the pot of gold at the end of the deadline rainbow. This lies in wait for my vacation. Behind the MCN you'll see some smooshy Romni of my own making - fleece bought at the Royal Winter Fair. I have fantasies of Alice Starmore. Celtic/Aran something fantastic.
Handspun Spunky Eclectic fibre of the month called Pomegranate. I have a more detailed post about the spinning of it. I found it a challenging fibre to spin, never done a Shetland before...may never again to be honest. It will be wound up for a hat and mitts for vacation knitting.
Nice little fantasy life right on my wall - organized, planned, perfect.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Ides of March...in May

I finished my first commissioned projects in March a family of Cabled Newsboy Caps from Stitch and Bitch Nation. The family consisted of a six month old bun - so I aimed on the big side so it was just a wee tight on Fenner.
One for the new Matriarch. Pardon the bershon but I was focusing on my awful webcam and trying to show the cables.
And one for the patriarch. I include this picture even though the quality is low because a) my hair looks uncharacteristically well behaved and b) it's the last picture of my Olympic project that I have before I mailed it off to it's new owner.
There were a couple of other tossed off tuque and hat projects in March. My goal was to knit from pre-caked wool and left overs for the whole month. It was satisfying. June may develop the same goal - maybe with the additional theme of toys.

We here at the Hendriks/Gemmill abode are currently preparing to fly out to Vancouver Island for my wee sister's wedding at the end of May. Fenner will be the flower girl. I think it's pretty awesome that she refers to this dress as her Princess dress. Now that she's in daycare I suspect the ante of princessness will be upped substantially.