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Adventures in time management March 4, 2009

Posted by jeninmaine in Crafty, dyeing, Etsy.
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I don’t have a whole lot to report this week. Kids have been good, work has been all right – after doing that massive push all day Monday through 3am Tuesday and getting through everydamnthing I had due, things have been a breeze. I’ve felt a lot more relaxed and am actually enjoying troubleshooting and quoting new work. I’m still feeling pretty tired but it was worth it.

On the heels of that I started thinking about crafty stuff more, namely that I want to be making more in my “spare” time (and I use the word loosely since I don’t feel like I have much to spare, if any at all). I don’t have time to sit down and spin right now, hopefully that will change, but I have been moving along on that sweater for Mim which is a nice feeling. There are going to be SO MANY ends to run in, yuck. I also thought about dyeing as I have a ton of yarn and roving sitting around waiting to be dyed.

Late Sunday night (isn’t it always late Sunday night when I feel most inspired) I took out my dye stuff and just started doing it. Then Monday I kept the ball rolling, I found a few methods that I can work on in 5-10 minute bursts, which made me able to integrate them into my regular workday. Every time I’d go to the kitchen to warm up my cup of coffee or get something to eat I’d do a little dye work. I did this “occasional” dye work Monday and Tuesday, and today I did a little first thing in the morning, then washed and hung what I’d already dyed and tonight I just now threw some stuff in that I’ll take out in an hour and leave to cool overnight.

I think I’ve hit a bit of a stride with this, and I’m hoping that 5 out of 7 days I can be doing some sort of processing whether it be winding skeins, rinsing dyed fiber, dyeing stuff, etc. It’s true what they say about “slow and steady wins the race” – I’ve managed to get a lot more done in bits and pieces than if I’ve tried to set time aside to do a whole lot at once. I can’t think too much about larger-brainpower projects like spinning and plying at the moment, I just don’t have it in me.

Anyway this is what my dining room looked like this afternoon and it makes me happy. Tuesday was definitely a fuchsia red purple kind of day and today was a forest kind of day.

Dyeing, ongoing

Dyeing, ongoing

Not too shabby – it’s not earth-shattering, but I think it’s pretty good considering I’m working a full-time job and taking care of kids when I’m not working. I got a lot of laundry done today, too, which made me happy.

Okay, one artsy fartsy shot for you. I really liked the colors in this one:

Dyeing, ongoing

My next goal: in bed by 11pm. It’s 9:25 now, I’ll turn off the roving at 10:30, brush my teeth and go to bed. In the meantime I think I’ll knit and watch a little teevee.



1. Knit Witch - March 5, 2009

Wow!! Look at all that snow!! Your roving looks great – I can’t believe how much of it you have managed to get done! Kudos!!!!!

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