It’s the Sexy Setting Goals Song: NaBloWriMo November 2017

Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and Coffee--what else does a gal need?
Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and coffee–what else does a gal need?

First, let me start by saying that I know that National Blog Writing Month (NaBloWriMo) was last month, but in late September I experienced a close family loss which understandably threw all my lofty plans into the proverbial crapper. Two days before this loss, I had recommitted to my stitching and knitting, to my two design “companies” (Wordsmith Designs cross stitch and Moon & Sixpence Knits), to this blog, and to my moribund writing career.

So, rather than scuttle the whole idea, I’ve decided to move my writing and crafting goals forward to this month.

My writing goals are simple: a blog post every day, 1000 words a day on another project I won’t go into detail about here, and a letter a day (and yes, I know that National Letter Writing Month is April).

My knitting goals are likewise simple: to complete the test-knitting (already underway) and pattern-writing (nearly complete) for my fingerless glove and baby cardigan patterns; and to complete the Thora sweater for my Aunt Janet who has been patiently waiting for it for more years than I care to admit. Anything else is gravy.

The Craftsman title pageAnd my stitching goals are even simpler: to complete the pattern and test-stitching for a chessboard design I’ve been working on intermittently for more years than I care to admit; and to complete the finishing for some Dawn Lewis Christmas ornaments I stitched more years ago than I care to admit. It’s time to stitch or cut floss. Anything else is, as they say, gravy.

These goals are simple but time-consuming and I’ve probably bit off more than I can chew, but a stitcher’s reach should exceed her grasp or what’s a heaven for, right?

And as a “thank you” for anyone who has made it to the end of this list: it’s the “Sexy Getting Ready Song” from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the best female-driven musical comedy series about an emotionally troubled lawyer in West Covina airing on television today (warning: NSFW).




It’s a Family Affair

We all know what it’s like to have family obligations. Some of them are more taxing than others, and some are actually a joy.

Or so I’ve been told. For me stitching and major family events have, until recently, always gone together like peanut butter and chocolate, or Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The last couple years, however, I’ve fallen behind for two reasons: first, I’ve been doing so much knitting and pattern writing in my semi-professional capacity that the thought of doing more knitting in my free time can sometimes be off-putting (a little bit ironic, doncha think?); and, second, because my family keeps getting married and having babies (not to mention celebrating Christmas!) at an alarming rate. In spite of the good example I’ve set as a cat-owning, misanthropic spinster, members of my family keep insisting on pairing up and producing offspring.

Here’s the latest addition to my family–my cousin Tom, his son, Thomas, and brand-new baby Brooke:

Tom, Thomas, and Brooke

And here, from Halloween 2006, are my adorable twin cousins from the other side of the family:

Kerry and Campbell Halloween

Now, when you see results as spectacular as these, you can see why they keep marrying and having kids, but my dilemma remains: what’s a self-respecting stitcher to do when she falls behind in birth and marriage samplers, baby clothes, and even Christmas gifts?

You know what they say about the road to hell… Here’s my most up-to-date list of family stitching projects I’d like to do (in pseudo-chronological order from least to most recent):

1. wedding sampler for Sarah and Spencer

2. wedding sampler for Pat and Leslie

3. birth sampler for Hudson

4. Christmas 2005 present for Uncle John (yikes!)

5. Wedding present for Moira and Eric

6. Christmas 2006 present for Laura

7. Congratulations! You were born! gift for Wylie

8. Congratulations! You were born! gift for Brooke

9. Congratulations! You are about to be born! gift for unnamed baby brother of Hudson coming in May

10. Wedding sampler or knitted gift for brother getting married on June 9th

Phew! I’m exhausted just typing these out.