Emily over on Snapdragon Crafts has been challenging herself to knit from her own library of books, magazines, downloads, and single pattern pages. I had seen this on another blog, and thought it was about giving props to your local public library, which is certainly a good thing. But this year, that's been clarified to trying to work (knit, crochet, bead, weave, whatever craft you do!) from your own collected published materials. Hoo boy, I have a few (hundred) such items, all collected because they contain something I really wanted to knit or wear -- I could be busy for years with the contents therein! So this is probably a good time to finish working on my craft room. I really need a small table in there; I think the deconstructed chest of drawers will have to go. I was rather hoping it would be "re-constructed" so I could use it for storing fabric and notions, but it's been sitting there for a year without that happening. It's very sad. Anyway -- I have decided, and told a few people, that I will try to knit either something for the holiday gift box or some holiday decoration every month. And I'm sorry I said it! Because I'm still working as much as I can on the Allotrope Cowl, I'm afraid it may be the only thing I finish this month, and I would feel honor bound to put it in the gifting box. I'm finally developing some speed, working one color with my right hand and the other in the left. But I'm not very far along! Maybe I can just take a quick break and make an ornament? And here's where my own library of knitting patterns comes in handy: I must have a couple dozen ornament patterns! So that would kinda kill two birds with one stone, doncha know.
I've done the Challenge update, if you want to check that out. There's a couple of new things there, which you'll see again later in other outfits (I hope).
Disco quit her job, so I put her to work. I gave her a short list of just the basic cleaning that I want to see done every week, and told her that if she did all of things on the list between Sunday morning and the following Saturday evening, I would pay her a certain amount. But only if all of these chores were done! No per hour rate, just a flat rate for the chores on the list. Of course she waited until Wednesday to even begin, and was working on the last item when I went to bed last night. But glory be, my bathroom got cleaned! And the hall bathroom got cleaned (a very BIG deal, since it's the one Plaidman uses, and men are just gross about bathrooms). The kitchen floor got washed, and the vacuum was run all over the main floor. I will have to go to the basement to see what that looks like; she was having problems with the downstairs vacuum getting clogged up. It's old.
I am a little worried about paying for my chemo, since our deductible went up again this year. I may have to draw my pension from the clothing manufacturer, which should only involve jumping thru about ten or fifteen hoops of fire. Sheesh. I'd better get my paperwork together.
Nashville remembers Dr. King.