Catching Up on Life

I feel like I am living in a whirlwind. Life just keeps moving forward so quickly and I can barely keep up. I've been absent here for months, mainly due to this little fact, and I've been beating myself up about it a bit. I've been making myself crazy trying to keep up with everything else. I know, this sounds like a bit of a whine. And it definitely is. But for a little perspective here is what I've been up to: -I've led 3 knit-a-longs since the beginning of the year

-I've published 7 new patterns since the beginning of the year via Jimmy Beans Wool

-I have 12 new patterns (completed and submitted) that will be released by the end of the year in several publications including a collection of ski and snowboard inspired patterns for the Stitch Mountain Website which is launching really soon.

-I am working on 4-6 new patterns which will come out over the course of the next few months.

That's roughly 25 new patterns that have been or will be released this year. I know that's a drop in the bucket for a lot of designers, but most designers have test and sample knitters to help them. I've knit all but two of these items myself. Last year, I designed and published 12 patterns. Compared to this year's number, that was a walk in the park.

I'm not at all complaining. I absolutely love what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything. I  just realized recently though that it's why all of the little things in life aren't getting done regularly like posting  here, cleaning my house, going to the gym, reading books--stuff I actually enjoyed doing before (minus some of the household chores, I could always take or leave those). Now when I take time to do those things, I feel a little guilty. Like I should be doing something else.

I know we all go through this. It's probably way more stress and pressure than I should be putting on myself, and that's fine. Eventually I'll learn how to balance it all. I hope. (I say this as all of the enlightened folks out there chuckle to themselves, I'm sure.) In any case, that's what I've been up to.

I have this whole week off and stayed home which has been really great. I've cleaned my house, cooked food I've been wanting to cook, sewed curtains for my bedroom (something that I've been meaning to do for 6 months), gone to the doctor, gotten a pedicure, and relaxed. In fact, I've focused mostly on that last part. It's been amazing.

So there you have it. My life the last few months in a nutshell. I'm not going to promise to post here more regularly, because we all know how that usually goes. But I am going to continue to put stuff up as needed and when I can. Perhaps sometime in the near future I'll be able to spend a little more time on here but in the meantime, that's where I am at. I do have a series of posts from things I've done this summer so far that I've set up to post over the next few weeks. Some new sewing projects, knitting projects and recipes so stay tuned for those!

In the meantime, I leave you with this photo that sort of sums up how crazy things have been.

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But in all seriousness, things are good. Busy, but good.

Hope you all are well too!

Kristen