There are times when a person is so busy
and they have so many things to do
that they can't get it all in order.
There sometimes seems to be no proper order to it all.
That's where I've been.
And it's at those times when I get the very least accomplished.
But I've snapped out of it for the time being and have started getting a handle on all of it and am trying to put an end to some of the things that make me feel like I'm spinning my wheels. Like teaching classes at Michaels. I put in a lot of personal time preparing for my classes (planning, knitting, pattern writing, driving, finding someone to keep the babies, etc etc etc) and I often have just one student every few weeks. My last paycheck from Michaels was $16. Yep. It hardly pays for my gas to drive there and back and definitely doesn't cover stopping at McDonald's or Taco Bell on the way. It's just not the "something to get myself out of the house" that I was looking for. So anyway, I'm trying to cull out the things that are the least satisfying/rewarding/fruitful in the list of stuff I do.
The organizing of my life helps make room for the important things like moving forward with our Greensburg afghan project. October is going to slip away before we know it and I haven't made the list of packets available to y'all yet! So here we go. I have more stuff to tell about but first and foremost, let's get these squares into the hands of people who can seam them together into afghans. The list is on a seperate page here and is organized as a table showing the packet number, a brief description, and if it's available for adoption! I have a ton of squares to sort and so far it just hasn't worked out to have a sorting day where we get them all finished at once. That means they're going to be made available as I get them sorted. Today I've added a few to the list. When they're claimed I will mark that on the table/chart. If you want to request a packet to sew there are a few things to know:
1. When requesting an afghan packet please tell what packet number you would like to adopt from this list. Look for the ones that say AVAILABLE. You can do this by leaving a comment on this post, leaving a comment on the table/chart page, or by sending me a private email at firstname.lastname@example.org. IMPORTANT: If the packet you would like has already been requested, do you want to be placed on a waiting list? I will respond to every request.
2. You will need to pay the postage for the package via PayPal before I can ship it. To estimate how much the postage will be please consult the USPS Domestic Postage calculation page. My zip code is 67042. You'll need to enter your zip code and the weight is 6lbs (small package size). All packages will be sent PRIORITY MAIL. This is because 12x12x8 Priority Mail boxes are the best size I could find for the packets and the boxes are FREE. If we had to buy boxes just for cheaper postage it would end up costing the same anyway. The farther you live from Kansas the more it will cost. It's about $15 to Maine, about $12 to California, and about $8 to Kansas City. You will also be responsible for return postage. When I receive your request and have a packet available for you I will send a PayPal invoice for the cost of shipping the packet to you.
3. Afghans need to be completed ASAP and sent back out by November 1st. That's a target mailing date of November 1st. If it's Nov 2nd don't panic. But do try to get the completed afghan sent out by Nov 1st if you can.
4. Each packet includes 56 afghan squares and coordinating yarn to whip stitch them together. If you prefer to use a different method of joining the squares (like crochet) please let me know and I can include more seaming yarn. If you would like to do a single crochet edge around the entire finished afgha please let me know and I can also include yarn for that. I have received a lot of seaming yarn now. :)
If I'm leaving out details about something please let me know. Ask questions. Tell me I'm crazy. All that, okay?!
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What else have we been doing around here?? Uhhhmmm.... besides Mommy being in a daze the kids have been doing really well in school. Suzannah is playing the flute in band this year. This is Katie's first year marching - she's a percussionist so she has one of the "glory" marching positions. Benny is playing on the Varsity AND the Jr. Varsity teams so that means two games per week for us. Only a few weeks. Only a few. more. weeks. The babies are growing like crazy and getting into everything as you saw in my last post. That was just one event in a long string of crazy stuff they were doing but Mommy decided it was time to get away from Ravelry, clean up the toy corner, and spent a little more time entertaining the babies.
Last Saturday I had a busy day teaching a knitting class at TWIST then doing class preview at Michaels. I didn't get home until about 6pm. During the day Jeff took the babies to the park where they played on the playground. That evening when I got home Jeff told me that Emeline fell from a piece of equipment about five feet down to the ground and scared him to pieces. At the time she held her arm for quite a while saying it hurt but by the time I saw her she said it wasn't hurting any more. All during the week about once or twice a day she would complain about the arm hurting but she seemed to be playing normally and didn't complain about it VERY consistently. Long story short, she complained about it hurting this morning when I was dressing her and that was the final straw. I called the orthopedic doctor's office and made an appointment for this morning.
As we were leaving the house I asked Emeline "Do you mind if I bring my knitting?" She said, "No knitting Mom." I hesitated and gave her a pleading look. She said "Leave the knitting. Put it down." Ugh. I really need to get a sock to a certain point for my class tomorrow morning!
After taking a few x-rays we learned that Emeline has a fracture through the humorus growth plate (upper arm just below the shoulder). They can't cast it but she has to wear a shoulder immobilizer. It's this tiny little thing that's decorated with Charlie Brown and Snoopy and she calls it her vest. It was fun to wear for about the first five minutes. Now, not so fun. But she did get to pick Sonic for lunch with a Braums chaser. I took a little movie of her talking about it but I haven't uploaded it to youtube yet.
Gotta run and get the stuff ready for this table/chart for the afghan project. I've been knitting like a maniac. And trying to get my projects entered on Ravelry. Everyone was right.... Ravelry IS a time-suck. I do not have extra time for this thing but overall I think it's good.
Let me know if you have any afghan packet questions and if the packets are already claimed, click back again because I'll be adding more until the squares are all used up!! I'm sure we won't be able to get them all finished by Nov 1st but goals are a good thing!
Everybody have a wonderful weekend and take good care of every little thing. XOXOXOX