It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. I’ve had a few people send questions with contact form & a some others have sent messages on ravelry. There are a few common threads in these notes, so I thought I’d share a little Q & A.
Why aren’t you blogging as much as you used to?
I’ve been busy doing what a friend of mine calls nesting. I’ve moved, but I haven’t quite settled. There’s been new furniture to purchase, and things like painting and ceiling fans don’t happen by themselves. This has occupied way more time than I’d like it to.
When will you make more videos?
I don’t really know. Even if I weren’t nesting, making a 5 minute video is very time-consuming. I really enjoyed making them and the interaction that they generated, but devoting 8 hours to a 5 minute clip isn’t something I have the time to do right now.
Are you still knitting now that you’re in Florida?
Yes, I am. I’m just not blogging about it much. Here are some swatches that will hopefully become a cardigan one day.
When will you release new designs?
Nomia was just released last month. There are some other things in the works, but I’m not committing to a time-table.
Where can I get a copy of the pattern for Eggses?
Right now, you can’t. Eggses was a mystery sock design that I did for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group last year. Now that the mystery period is over, I’ve disabled the pattern because I want to consolidate the clues and add some decent pictures. In order to take decent pictures, I need to find the socks. They are buried in a box located in what is currently referred to as the box room.
How is your cat/how are your cats?
Everyone is fine, I think. Stripes had a broken canine last month which resulted in the need for some dental surgery to remove the root. He was in pain for a few days, but he’s back to being his lovable/obnoxious self. He managed to break the canine by running full speed into the side of my leg (one could make the argument that this is my fault for having been in his way).
Sonya appears to be fine as of this writing. She had a week of tummy troubles which were excessive (let’s just say that it’s a good thing that I plan on replacing the carpet with tile). Things seem to have settled down. Her blood work is normal, and the vet is recommending a diet change.
Have you retired?
No, I have not retired. I’m still working the same day job that I had before I moved. This is the primary reason why nesting is taking so long. I know some people who took 6 weeks off when they moved to get settled. I, unfortunately, do not have such a generous amount of leave.
Will you retire soon now that you’re in Florida?
Probably not. Truth be told, I was hoping that once the money from my last house settled, I might find myself in a position to be free of the day job. While I am in a fortunate financial position, my ability to retire is currently in the hands of the United States Senate. At the risk of spurring an uncivil political debate, if insurance companies are granted the ability to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions, then I won’t be able to retire until I’m eligible for medicare (assuming medicare is still available 16 years from now).
Are you going to open a yarn store?
This question was only asked once by a friend of mine in VA, but I thought I’d include it just because. While it sounds like a perfectly charming idea, there is a lot I don’t know about running a brick and mortar business. Given my previous remarks about health insurance, I’m not sure I’d be able to generate enough profit initially to be willing to take the risk.