180 degrees

Posted on | July 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

The past 8 weeks have been quite a whirlwind. Here I am, thinking I’ll be devoting all of my time to independent design and building my own business. Then it changes in an instant!

When I was laid off from my job back in January, I was a little sad, but I was excited about all the possibilities. The ability to do what I love and design what I want. Be my own boss. Keep my own hours. Not answer to anyone! I really thought it was going to happen. The universe was telling me that it was my time. I felt I was pushed off the cliff because I would never take the plunge on my own. I’m a dreamer who is way too practical for my own good sometimes.

Well, apparently it was only my time for 4 months. Just long enough to finish up about 95% of my book, which I could have never done with a full-time job. A few weeks ago, I got a job offer and I’m back in the industry once more working as a Junior sweater designer. It’s nice that the bills are getting paid, but it seems that the hours are a little more demanding than my last job.

Sadly, that means less time for my hand-knit designs.

I’m hoping that things will get settled soon and I’ll get back in the swing of things. What little time I do have has been devoted to tech editing at the moment. The deadlines are a little more forgiving than designing in my current situation. It is kind of shocking that my needles have sat unused and lonely for about a month. Yes, I was that busy!

Thankfully, I have found a moment or two to cast on my “training swatch” for the Ravellenic Games. My challenge? Ysolda’s Little Birds from Twist Collective. I’ve wanted to knit this one up for the longest time and figured this was a good time to jump in! Even if I don’t cross the finish line on time, it will be nice to be knitting again.

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  • http://www.collegeknitting.wordpress.com Michelle

    I hope things do settle down! But congrats on finding a job in such a tough industry AND economy.

  • knitbunnie

    Sounds like you’ve been riding quite the roller coaster. I know your book is going to be fabulous. I’m curious to see how long it takes you to knit Little Birds. It’s a sweater I’ve often admired.