I haven't worked on my designs and have been knitting very little. The reason being, I'm obsessed with a quilt I'm doing.
I've never done a quilt before and like some of the knowledge I have, it was purely theoretical until I started sewing this quilt. Since I'm crazy and ambitious, this quilt has complex blocks, some of which are paper pieced. I've learned a lot from it (and I've only done 3 blocks so far) and am hoping some of the techniques can be crossed over into knitting.
The obsession was so bad, that the other night, I got out of bed to sketch a block that would go between the main blocks...sigh. This is something I avoid like the plague, as that's the way to (complete) madness.
There was a lot of things going on in my life since I released Dorothy and the combination of stress, figurative headaches and fatigue managed to shut the ideas on the design front. The good news is that things are slowly going back to normal and the ideas are coming back.
I need to finish writing down the pattern for Linda (and knit it again) and re-chart, write and re-knit Maria. I also have an idea of making some of my already published designs into different shapes and release them as e-books. Note to self: start writing down your new ideas already!
I could have used the time when the ideas were quiet to re-knit the two shawls, but, in my defense, it was too hot to knit (and I'm working on the quilt!). So, I'll have to wait until I run out of fabric - very likely since this will be a queen size quilt and I made many mistakes - to go back to knitting and designing.
I've also done some dyeing - a new idea that had occurred to me that will yield a yarn with long color runs. I've done one skein in shades of blue that needs to be steamed and have another one that still needs some more colors. We'll see how they work out.
It's odd, though. One of the reasons for buying a house with a basement was so that I could have a smoke-free environment to do my dyeing. Now that I have the free space, I don't use it. Again, I have a good excuse: the basement is still cluttered with moving boxes and we don't have enough surfaces to work on down there.
Well, now that I've laid out all the excuses, I'll go back to life - and the quilt.