At any rate, the Kaleidoscape pattern will be the next one ready to send out to testers. (Thank goodness for the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry, as well as some other Ravelry pals willing and eager to help in exchange for the getting the pattern free!) I have other patterns mostly done, but I am determined to get this huge project out and away first. I have manged to get roughly 20 reviews done each month, until this month. I have been totally focused on completing Kaleidoscape the past few weeks. It has been worth it, though. With Oscar's help I have sufficient photos to complete the pattern, just waiting for a clear-minded morning or two to draw the schematic and clean up the final directions. After it comes back from the testers I will take more photos with a model for the finished pattern.
I have two more large projects for which I have received yarn support from Knit Picks. One is a Fall/Winter pattern, a shawl of slightly unusual shape based very loosely on a ruana. I have been working on that pattern for a year. I have the sample about half finished, and the directions written out. In the meantime, the color of yarn I used has been discontinued. I will complete the pattern and if Knit Picks wishes to publish it, I will buy the same yarn in a current color and make a new sample for them.
The other pattern is a summer-weight stole based on my Withig stitch pattern. I am playing about with the direction of the eyelets to make a zig zag or perhaps concentric squares. I am afraid for that I will need to invest in a chart design program. The tools I have do not make small enough text to fit that chart into one page. There is a very useful program for only $44. (The next similar program is $185!).
|The antique stitch pattern on which I based my Withig patterns|
As far as decluttering the house and preparing to move, we have almost 100 auctions up on ebay this week. Many of the auctions are yarn and knitting books. Some of the yarn was given to us to sell by family (bless her!). The money from that will help a lot to create a designated moving fund, pay for our prescriptions (no insurance until Oscar is hired again) and cover the gap between unemployment payments and living comfortably. I severely gutted my bookshelf of knitting books. I ended up keeping less than 10% of what used to be on the shelf. If I end up missing any of the books, I can find a used copy after we move and we are financially more secure. For now, it is best to lighten the moving load and build money for necessities and moving expenses.
Looking at it all written out it feels like I am busy, but having 8 months since my most recent pattern release makes me feel positively sloth-like. Oscar keeps telling me I am too hard on myself. He's a smart guy.
Speaking of that, he has sped through his first classes (with lots of extra studying on his own) and will be taking his first certification test a week from today.
On Sunday my parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. It will be a small gathering, just close family but I am looking forward to it. My brother Ron is in Alaska with his family and won't be able to attend, though. I will miss him being there.
Overall things are going very well. I will take Oscar's advice and stop being so hard on myself.