Well it looks like I decided to take a six-month sabbatical from writing on the blog! So many thing have changed since March so I’m excited to get back into the swing of writing again. So what’s happened?
April: Found out that my contract at my job would be ending and not getting extended further. I didn’t really get a specific reason that was valid, but I immediately jumped into my job search. I started knitting a few things, didn’t really have much dedication toward it, and bought more base for Critical Sheep to get things rolling for Stitches Midwest and the KnitCrate. I stockpiled dye. I made food. The usual.
May: The contract was coming to an end and my recruiters were not getting back to me. I interviewed a few times, but nothing came out of it. I had random calls with hiring managers who never got back to me about the job until it was too late. I kept slogging through. I didn’t knit much, but played with Neo and Trinity, kept working on random projects and tried cleaning the house.
During May, I also discovered that I would be leaving the yarn shop I’d called home for the last six years and June would be a 100% fresh start for me. I will not go into the details surrounding my leaving the yarn store, because airing that kind of dirty laundry is not a cool thing to do, but I was not happy with the decision that was made. I wish them the best. It’s the only nice thing I can do.
June: The contract ended at the end of May, and June was spent on my computer and on the phone trying to find work. I landed a job at the same company I just left but on another team on the other side of the company, which
was awesome. They didn’t need/want me to start until the end of the month sadly. I spent the time dyeing up all the yarn for Stitches and KnitCrate and made a pretty significant dent in the work. I started knitting a test knit for Brandy Velten and nearly finished it by the time I started work again. I attempted to organize, but it definitely wasn’t a priority. Have I mentioned lately that I’m a terrible housewife?
During the month of June, I accepted an offer with a local business to start selling my work on a commission-basis. I enjoyed knowing that my stuff was in another store and I advertised it all the time. It was fun! I made my fees back within a week and had turned a pretty profit for my first month, which was wonderful.
July: I was deep into work and kept going with the KnitCrate. By the end of the month, I was within 100 skeins from completing the entire 500 skein commission. I knit up an OWLS sweater in about a week because the sleeves were done from the Carbeth I ripped out. I kept working on other random projects. I worked a lot: the largest event in the company happened in this month and we worked a lot of extra hours to make sure that everything went off without a hitch, which it did! I tried knitting the sleeves for the Lottie but ultimately petered out with one full sleeve left… One day I’ll get back to it.
August: STITCHES and The Crossfit Games happened during the same weekend at the beginning of the month. Hubs and I bought tickets to the Games before we even accepted the request to work with Operation Chemo Comfort and sell Warrior at the event. Luckily, Kelsey, one of the founders of OCC is an amazing angel fairy who took on the responsibility of selling the Warrior three out of the four days there and I showed up on Saturday with more yarn and colors. The Games were fantastic and Stitches was a great learning experience. I’m looking forward to the next fundraising event we do with OCC and can’t wait to have fun with them while also supporting this awesome community of knitters. I worked on a shawl of pure stockinette with increases every right-side row, and got to about the halfway mark by the end of the weekend. I haven’t worked on it since, and really miss knitting so far this week!
On Friday night of last weekend, Hubs and I decided to pull our inventory from the store in Waukesha. After what amounted to a terrible communication and veiled threats of additional commissions on my sales that were not outlined in the contract, we decided to remove our inventory and sever ties with this shop. As much as we wanted to keep yarn in a store locally, it doesn’t make logical sense to support a shop whose owner is unable to stick to the contract she put together, and that’s all I’ll say on it. We will be working on getting into another shop and I’m really looking forward to that day happening.
I also discovered that the Knitcrate was due to the warehouse by the 20th, not shipped by the 20th, so all this week I’ve been crazy dyeing yarn every night upon coming home. It makes for super long nights, but it worked out to the point where the dyeing will be done tonight and it should be dry by the weekend so all I have to do is tag it all up and get it shipped out on Monday.
So that catches me up on everything but food and working out! I started taking Hot Yoga classes in March or April and have been consistently going 2-3 times per week except for the last two weeks. This coming week I’ll hopefully be able to get back into it. I’m also still trying to go to CrossFit twice per week, but lately I’ve been cherry picking the workouts in favor of hoping the next day won’t kill me. Again, this week I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back into the groove of going on Mondays and Fridays, with Yoga on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.
On the food front, Hubs and I have been awfully boring: Chicken and veggies pretty much every single day. I’ve been trying to stick to Candida as much as possible but this stupid plateau is still alive and kicking. I’m starting to wonder if I’m even eating enough food, and have started tracking my macros over the last couple days. I experienced a gluten reaction a couple weeks ago due to some cross-contamination in the work cafeteria, which sucked, but it’s forced me to rethink the foods that I go for in the cafeteria. So far so good.
I think that’s about it! I’m hoping to be able to have something worth writing about at least once per week and will attempt to knit more often and definitely take more pictures.
Until next time!