Today the hot weather broke, so Oscar is spending time sorting in the garage.
I spent much of the week going through the stuff in my studio and sorting and organizing or discarding things.
Most of the studio is done, now. Only a few more containers to sort then I can pack things to move them.
I also have been able to review books this week, 3 reviews finished in the past two days.
I recently learned we are not supposed to donate or loan out ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies), only keep or trash them. I can't bear to trash them, at least not right now, so I guess they will be the start of a new book collection.
I finished the samples for a pattern that has been in progress for three years. I packed them away because it will be easier to block them in our new home.
I am currently knitting a Color Affection shawl from leftover skeins of sock yarn.. It may end up going to my sis-in-love because 1. some of the yarn was dyed by her and 2. it is looking like her kind of colors :-}
I like the colors too, but I get much of my enjoyment from knitting the shawl. I have a widow's hump so not all shawls fit me comfortably. If this one does I will either keep it, or make myself another one :-}
My big green and red charity sweater was only lacking seaming and buttons. I like to use non-identical but similar buttons, especially from those my friend Ysabeau sent me but in this case I could not find enough in the right size that were a close enough match. When I posted my quandary to the Wool-Aid group, a person from New York mentioned Woodbuttons.com. I had been pricing buttons online and the least expensive shank buttons were around $1 per button. (yikes!) Woodbuttons.com has a wide selection of buttons, and my minimum $10 order netted me three dozen buttons! One set is unfinished and I plan to play around in the studio with them, making art buttons. I hope to develop an Etsy business selling small pieces of collage art after we are all moved in.
The closer we get to moving in, the more I realize how full of freedom my new life will be, and how very restricted my life here has become. I sense a great lightness of heart. As often is the case, I didn't realize how dark and sad my mood has been until hope and anticipation came. My productivity I think is tied to my happiness. The more depressed I am, the less creative I am able to be. The canary in the coal mine in this case is my review writing. I can knit when depressed, I can even do a bit of math for an already existing pattern but I can't seem to see above the fog to create something new, especially made from words.
As happy as I am anticipating our move, I can hardly comprehend how happy I will become when we are at last settled into our new life!