Saturday, September 14, 2013

Episode 32: Get It Together

Today's episode focuses on getting a grip! Join me as I discover forgotten and neglected projects and try to get back on track with finishing what I say I'm going to work on.

Too many things have been in my mental queue, not even counting my Ravelry queue. I've bought supplies, kits and patterns that are patiently waiting in my craft cabinet. It's time to organize the projects and get moving on making them come together.

A couple of weekends ago I made a half-assed attempt at cleaning the craft cabinet up. I felt myself floundering with the task as soon as I tried to get started. I kept telling myself that I didn't have the right supplies; I didn't have a plan; I didn't know what I was doing. So, it was a lost battle before it even began.

I did make a little progress that day, but the cabinet is still an eyesore and a big box of chaos. Last night I decided to pull all of the in-progress projects out of the cabinet and see just what I've tossed aside and forgotten about.

But, before I go into that, I guess I should confess that what led me to this point was not being able to find my highlighter tape. (I needed a new piece since I've work out my the piece I've used as my pattern marker on The Guernsey Wrap project.) I looked through my cabinet three times, dug around in the two active project bags that I've been working from, retraced my steps from when I saw the highlighter tape last, but simply couldn't find the stuff. This was beginning to drive me batty. I couldn't stop wondering what in the world I'd done with it, plus I was mentally taunting myself that if I'd finished reorganizing my supplies I would know exactly where the tape was.

That's how I got to the point of pulling out the projects I've started then tossed aside between episodes. This is what I found:
  • Laundry Symbol Cheat Sheet (Embroidery)
  • Bonnie Jean Infinity Scarf (Knitting)
  • Stirrup Socks Kit from Purl Soho (Knitting)
  • Infinity and Beyond Cowl KAL that I wanted to Frog (Knitting)
  • Zoom Loom Coasters (Weaving)
  • Molly Summer Slippers (Crochet)
  • Sharp Crochet Hook (Crochet)
  • Glitter Shrug (Crochet)
I'm excited to report that while I was sitting in the floor taking stock of all of these projects I went ahead and frogged the KAL cowl that should've been frogged over a month ago. Instant gratification! Now I can get on to organizing how to tackle the rediscovered projects and move forward with regular show business.
Bags from Looped YarnWorks in DC

Magnolia Guernsey Wrap

Molly Summer Slippers

Yarniacs KAL Mesh Scarf
 New Segment: Shorty's Sutures Group News
  • Prayers for Amy aka GreenWoman
  • Charitable projects in action for Operation Gratitude, Project Linus (made by pbhpbh) and iHeartCraft is teaching middle school kids how to knit scarves and make paracord bracelets to donate to Operation Gratitude! Check out the Shorty'sSutures Group Shared Projects page for all the pictures and details of the Operation Gratitude Scarves I'm making.
  • A visit to Looped Yarnworks in DC
Out 'o the Bag
In My Crochet Bag
In My Knitting Bag
In My Ears
 Queue-T Patootie
Fit 'n Stitchy
  •  Amazing morning walks (1.7 miles each day = 12 miles per week)
  • Walking in DC
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, comment where this podcast is hosted at, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!


Sandra said...

Love the new Group News segment, and what an unexpected surprise to be included!! Thanks sooo much!
Will keep Amy in my prayers!

Shorty said...

Thanks for listening, Sandra! I'm glad you like the new segment and you're so welcome for the mention. I've always loved it when you guys share projects in Ravelry with me and the SS Group and talk with me about them through private messages. I thought it would be good to share the word with the others, too. Keep up the great work!

Sandra said...

Update on my CUBS Club meeting this past Tuesday: 15 student came and we made 19 paracord bracelets for Operation Gratitude!! Great success and it was such fun!

Shorty said...

That's great, Sandra! Sounds like the word is spreading and bringing more kids your way. I wish you much success with this... such a wonderful gift you're sharing with so many!

Jane Droll said...

girl, i have so many ideas and so many projects and SO LITTLE FOLLOW THRU! lol!!!

i have several crafts sitting on my dining room table waiting for me to start in on them. i leave them there as a reminder that I NEED TO DO THEM. they have been there so long that i don't really even see them anymore.

however! last sunday i sat down and painted a birdhouse. it was awesome to complete one project, but now i am wondering if i should paint one for every family for xmas. ay yi yi. that would take some time and follow thru, but i might just do it!

happy weekend to ya, and may we both get some projects done soon! :)