Monday, July 24, 2017

A Side Project

A member of my writing group just had a short story published. If you'd like to read "Once Time", click on the link. (It's not terribly long and totally worth your time.) And she recently started a blog. If you have a moment, go on by and say hi. (You can tell her I sent you ;) )

On Friday (or it might have been Thursday. The days... They start to run together...) TCM was showing Rear Window, and the last thing I wanted to do was work on my current knitting project. Or watch Rear Window again, truth be told. I was antsy. And I remembered that I wanted to make a new key chain for myself.

I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do, so... I waited until Saturday to try it. Turns out I didn't have the grommets on hand. (I started it a bit on Friday, but I didn't get very far. I set it aside. Then on Saturday I had to rip out what I'd started with on Friday. This is how these things normally go.)

Before I went to bed, I had this...


And a prettier shot (without my hand)...


Prototypes are good things, it turns out. I discovered that there were a couple things that I could have done better that'll make the final product turn out better. Things that I'll try with the next one.

If this were a sweater (or something that takes more than two hours to complete), I would be a bit more upset at this prospect.

Anyone feeling as antsy as me?

35 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your crit partner. I'll stop by to see her blog. Antsy is always part of my condition.

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    1. Yea, I'm happy for her. I got to critique that story a couple times.

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  2. Hi Liz - well done on the key chain ... new project - and good luck to your friend and her foray into blogging - cheers Hilary

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  3. Well, that's what prototypes are for. And it looks really nice anyway. I love those colors.

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  4. Of late I only feel antsy when sitting in front of the television when I'd rather be writing. Best wishes to your published friend!

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    1. Too bad you can't write and watch TV at the same time ;)

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  5. This is a great idea! You'll get the kinks worked out.

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  6. Trying things out first is always a good idea. :)

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  7. Being antsy, boy do I understand that! Sometimes I find myself hopping around, starting a project, then seeing something else. I need to settle it all down, get to that project, put on blinders.

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    1. Normally I can settle down and focus, which is why this antsy feeling isn't all that great.

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  8. My mom side can be quite antsy or maybe a good term is bundle of nearves.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Yes, that's definitely another way of phrasing it.

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  9. Thanks for the shoutout! :) Also, yes, I get that antsy feeling too. I really like the keychain though!

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  10. Are you going to be making more key chains and offering them in your eTSY shop?? I love it!! Read your friend's story; honestly I don't think I got it, but it was suspenseful and kept me at the edge of my seat and I did visit her blog.

    I'm not antsy here. Just tired. Finished a long stretch of overtime at work; good incentives but too many long days of work :)

    betty

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  11. I've never been good at "winging" it with projects; I stick to ones with easy directions. Loved the color, though; it's close to one of the school colors of our local high school. At this point in my life I'm not antsy. A bit overwhelmed, I would admit, not knowing which way to turn in a particular situation. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. School colors? Wow. The yarn just came like that.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one. And thanks.

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  13. Hey now, that turned out great! Gonna go check out your friend's story now. :)

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    1. Just read it. Absolutely fantastic! Called it out on twitter as well. I'd tag you but I couldn't remember your handle.

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    2. That's cool. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  14. that is a cool idea. I always love finding new things to try...always my issue is that I never stick with things that are in the same family.....crocheting, knitting, making jewelry, cross stitch, photography, painting with two mediums, wood work, repurposing old items for new crafts....hence the reason I spent yesterday in the second guest room cleaning and deciding what to get rid of. This quest will take several days. I hate getting rid of my craft like projects!

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    1. Nothing wrong like trying new things ;)

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  15. It always fun to try something new and it looks pretty good actually, a very good idea for sure

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    1. I made some improvements and finished that on Monday. You might be able to see it in my Twitter feed.

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  16. More irritated than antsy, I think, but that's kind of the story of work lately.

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    1. Ah, I completely understand irritation. Sorry. Hope it's better soon.

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  17. Nicely done! And always good figuring out ways to improve the process :)

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  18. I know that feeling when it comes to my crafts. I get it all the time. I have things I need to make, but I dun wanna! LOL

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    1. That's why I no longer make one thing at a time. When one project ticks me off, I can pull out something else that isn't making my crazy.

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