So far so good when it comes to the maker routine! After a year of experimenting, with ups and downs, I finally feel like I’ve found the layout of a making schedule that works for both me and the boyfriend. It basically consists of five work days, and four weekend days, the weekend days being reserved for being creative for the sake of it (which is, as you may all know, the engine behind handmade small businesses). Anyway, without boring you with the details, it seems to be the perfect balance between work and off-time, and I also seem to get most of what I wanna do done. Hope it stays this way!
So, well, my blogging schedule has pretty much been non-existing these days. But nevermind, I’m catching up (again) today with a Maker Update of the last three (!) weeks. A lot happened: I went on another holiday, got a needle disaster, put projects in hibernation and started new ones, and dived into the rabbit hole that is called watercoloring. Read on if you’re curious. 🙂
Welcome back y’all! I’ve been on a 3-week hiatus due to traveling, but I’m back, and glad so! For those of you interested, the boyfriend and I went island hopping on the Azores! It was a totally different holiday experience than we were both used to (it included hiking shoes, rain jackets, and back packs #justsayin), but it was ah… wait for it …mazing! Watching too much HIMYM these days, can you tell? This is not the place to share stories and pictures, but check out my personal Instagram account @merelymerel if you’re curious. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that all I did was travel knitting. 😉 BUT it’s also shop update day today, so read on for info about that!
Broken record alarm! Besides the things I made / did for yesterday’s shop update, there’s really not that much to tell making-wise. I went on a last minute trip to The Netherlands (hence the not-update last week) and didn’t take any knitting with me. I know, WEIRD. Maybe I have some kind of knitting apathy. I didn’t wanna take any of my current projects (because: too much brainpower), but then I didn’t know what new project to start. So I thought I’d try sock knitting for the first time, but I wasn’t sure if that would be as mindless for me as it is for others (because: sock knitting newbee) and I was also afraid my needles would be taken away from me by airport security. So yeah. Knitless vacay in The Netherlands it was. I did read a lot though (I can totally recommend reading Life of Pi if you haven’t already). Anyhow, here’s an update that’s mostly about shop stuff!
So far for New Year’s resolutions and planning to write a Maker Update weekly, or at least bi-weekly. It’s Tuesday, and I still owe you an update on last week and the week before. But here it is! Shop-wise, it’s been quite a busy and successful month so far. Knit-wise, not so much. I still have the same projects on the needles as last time I updated, even though I really, really, really want to have them finished. Progress has been made though, let’s get to it.
Well well, we’re still here, we made it through another year. And here we are, in 2018 already. If you wanna know more about my maker accomplishments of 2017, get yo ass over here. Otherwise, welcome to my very first weekly maker review of 2018! It’s been a week of planning product launches for Chain Twenty, getting my shit together for the first shop update of the year (last Friday), and generally prepare to go kick some ass.
It’s already Wednesday, the third day of 2018, and I still haven’t posted my weekly knitting updates for week 51 and 52. Nevermind, everybody gets it right? That las fiëstas have this tendency to get in the way of something we call ‘normal life’? Whatever that is? So how about a general review of what I knit in 2017, including yarn stats? (I looooove stats.) I must admit, it’s not a proper 2017 maker review, because I only started keeping track of all my projects from some time in June onwards. So, a latter-half-of-2017 review it is then!
Pfjeew, no bad surprises this week! Only some family visits and really pretty weather getting in the way of work, but I’ll gladly take that. As always, the week leading up to a shop update is hectic. Even though I set realistic maker’s goals, I always manage to postpone actually reaching them. So as we speak, I just finished my Salobre blanket and there’s a skein of hand dyed yarn cooling down in the dye pot. And I better write up this blogpost quickly, ’cause I’ve got a lot more to do before Wednes-shop-update-day!
These last couple of weeks was a mess. I had so many plans, but then we went to the vet with our cat for her usual vaccinations and she turned out to be (very probably) carrying a virus. The next day we went to test our kitty, but he’s fine (for now). We will only know for sure in three months, but the news has been messing with my brain since, and the work flow I created last time I updated has disappeared entirely. I’m not sure why, but every time I feel like I’m getting my shit together, the universe conspires against me and fucks everything up. It has been quite discouraging and I wasn’t in the mood for an update last week. However, I’m trying my best to get back in the swing of things and I’ve got some stuff to show for it too. So let’s talk making now!
It’s been a little quiet over here, but that usually means life’s treating me well. And this time is no exception. I’ve been finetuning my routine over the last couple of weeks, which you may have noticed if you watched my Instagram stories. Based on the boyfriend’s work schedule, I plan five working days and two off days per week. On the working days, I start with household tasks (just because it makes me feel very accomplished haha), then I knit away on a single project for quite some time (as a treat for finishing the household stuff), and then it’s time for all the other shop-related tasks, usually from behind my laptop (such as writing this blogpost). On the off days, I don’t have to do anything and I’m allowed to knit on whatever I like. Even though it’s hard to take days off — I simply like working on Chain Twenty too much — I’ve noticed I also really need it. To clear my head, be creative, think ideas through, and start work again the next day fully re-energized.