Saturday, March 26, 2011

Muddling Through

I have a cold again, but I was well for the crucial time of Faye's memorial, so I am grateful it held off. Actually, timing wise it came either from contact there or a visit to Amanda and Sean, but more likely from one of the 400 (yes four hundred!) people who came to show their love of Faye.
     I am making progress on my modular triangle shawl. I have the first section written out well and will be playing around with scrap yarn to decide how best to do the optional 'join-as-you-go' section. I will also describe the option of making strips and seaming them together for people who prefer that method. I am toying with the idea of adding a stitch pattern to the front parts as they are less complex than the back right now. That or making more triangles.
     Oscar has a new work schedule, but it is better for him than the old one. He still has 3 days off per week but they are divided so that he only works 3 days in a row. He prefers working only 2 days in a row but so far he likes this, too.
     Now that my sleep patterns are normalizing I have more clarity of mind and am able to do some reviewing again. My backlog is such that I am greatly reducing book requests to only those authors I have reviewed before, while I catch up. Last night was one of only two nights since mid February that I slept more than 5 hours. I had lots of nights in there with 3 or 4 hours of sleep. I don't function well with less than 7 hours, usually.  Naps are insidious and while I am trying to get back to normal I need to avoid them so I don't risk that night's sleep. I think it was grief, but I am doing better now.
     In other knitting, since getting a bit more sleep I am having lots of ideas and am making progress on some patterns that won't be released until autumn this year. I have lots of knitting and crocheting ahead, which can only be a good thing. The stranded KAL is going well, the first week has been fun watching some first-timers discover they can DO this.
     Oscar spent some time last week helping me get my work space more organized, which has also contributed greatly to my ability to focus and stay on task, both writing and designing.
We are both ready for Spring.
(Image is of my Stellaria Shawl, modeled by Amanda)



Don Meyer said...

Colds -- lack of sleep -- none of that is any good! You can't get by with less than 7 hours of sleep; I seem to need (believe it or not) about 9 hours. But then I'm older than you.

That's a beautiful shawl!

Ria said...

Feel better! So glad you were able to attend the memorial, and it was wonderful that so many people came out.

AlisonH said...

So glad you were able to go. I love the picture of Amanda; little girls were made for twirling happily around like that. Glad you're getting more sleep! Hugs to Oscar and you both.

Mokihana said...

What a lovely shawl! And I too, am glad you're getting more sleep. Ummm.... do you rent Oscar out for reorganizing places? I could use him here.

Kym said...

This is such a scramble-y time of year. The time change; the weather changes; the schedule changes. They all add up! Glad you're feeling more normalized, sleepwise. Personally, I feel like I'm emerging from a tunnel and into daylight. I think that's a good thing.

Again, I'm so sorry you have lost your dear Faye. Please take good care of yourself during this time of . . . shift. Hugs.