I really don’t mean to have the matching letter thing going on, it just seems to turn out that way.
Expectations and perfectionism has been a big problem in my life. I have gone from a very Type A person which has it’s positives but also the negatives of: high expectations not being met – in myself and others, which is a form of judgement. Usually what happens is that I am either disappointed in myself and then other people step up to tell me how "bad" I am, or I think I am mighty fine, but nobody else is.
Thankfully, I have worked on and healed most of that negative behavior. But bits and pieces come up now and again. I understand why – another chance for me to do some good work on myself. And basically the bottom line is that I need to accept my faults, let-go and release, be kind to myself and others. I am pretty kind to others, but still having problems with being calm when people are mad at me or I have disappointed them.
Why am I talking at you about this? I have been noticing how unkind people are – usually to themselves, but occassionally to others too. In knitting a lot of bloggers are so quick to point out the mistakes in their projects, the trauma of letting it be, or ripping it out, etc.
I guess I am no different there, but I hope you find in my blog the bottom-line I have about knitting being relaxed and fun. I choose to rip things out because I would rather fix things, and I don’t berate myself for having made a mistake. I like knitting so much I don’t mind having to redo.
Take for example the Weeping Willow Shawl. I ended up starting over because of a weird mistake, and I couldn’t seem to just rip out a row, it didn’t look right. Now, as I have been knitting along I realize that I just don’t like that it is more holey than I want it to be, and the decreases are just a bit too something. Perfectionism? Could be, but it feels like I would just like it more with a smaller needles size. I just "know" that I would.
So now I am back to the "don’t have the right type of needle to do it". I could take my gift certificates and buy the needles I need/want – but various things are holding me back.
So, what to do? Knit some hats of course! I love knitting pumpkin hats for the babies in my life. This year there are 2 – one for Nicole and Matt’s baby Ronan, and Le Joy and Steven’s Kaelyn (hope I spelled that right). I use a very loved but beat-up pattern by Ann Norling – Kid’s Fruit Cap. I used to make these in ack-rylic, mostly because Red Heart was the only brand of yarn that had the right bright pumpkiny orange color. But then I found Cotton-Ease, and have been making my latest out of that.
Here is a photo:
It really isn’t that bright. It just right and so soft! The green is kitchen cotton. I bit more stiff, but not a problem because it is usually only used in the leaf/
nipple stem area. Is it just me or doesn’t this look like a big orange boob?
Anyway, like I said, the green is mainly for the top bits that aren’t in contact with soft baby skin. But I ran out of this fabulous Cotton-Ease in orangeade and now I can’t find it anywhere. Cotton-ease is discontinued! *sob*. So, I decided to just knit as much as I could, and then picked up the rim of the hat and used the green for a brim to match the leaves and stuff.
I did Google and found people selling the color, and found someone on Ebay that had a good price (less then retail even with shipping=score!) So now I will have 10 skeins and that should last me for a quite a few pumpkin hats.
I love Ebay.
Did you see the witch next to the hat? It is really cool – I found it either at Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. The book she is reading says, "Spells For Knitting".
If you are still with me, I would love to have some comments in answer to this question. How long do you expect shipping to take after you have ordered an item? Add to that the thought that the person you are buying from is not a store, but someone like me who sells a few things. Is 7-10 days outrageous? One of the reasons why I am asking this is because I am thinking about selling some of my beaded stitch markers and
- a. I don’t want to have to make up a bunch (more than 5 sets) before I get orders, so I have to allow for perhaps not having them all done to ship.
- b. I don’t want to be making a lot of trips to the postoffice because I don’t want to waste gas.
- c. I want to give myself lee-way in case life intrudes.
I am thinking about telling people up-front that I will only be shipping on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Is that too freaky?