TGIF – 5 Mar 2021

TGIF! I don’t know about you, but I need a break, and I’m very much looking forward to the weekend — even if I’m still going to be working, and it’s still going to be cold. There will be sun however! 🌞

Photo: A white bowl, with a green stripe around the edge, and a dark blue dishcloth draped over the right edge. Three other blue washcloths are folded to the right of the bowl. Text: Hand Knit Dish Cloths.

This week I’ve started playing around in Canva, which is a graphic design platform. I am using the free version while I’m learning, but I am slowly creating some more professional looking Pinterest pins and other images that I’m using out there on social media. The learning curve is still a bit steep for me — I am not very good with photo editing or layouts. The nice thing about Canva is there are lots and lots of free templates one can choose from and tweak colors, fonts, positioning of text, etc. For anyone lacking skills in this department, the Canva platform is very handy.

Plans for the weekend include one meeting that couldn’t be scheduled during Mon-Fri, some studying (Korean and Spanish), and reading, and a bunch of knitting washcloth samples. But I will also find some time to play video games. 😀 I need a little escape as well this weekend.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, and a great start to the weekend. Enjoy!

Goodbye February

Happy March! I’ve been busy with all sorts of stuff today: some remaining tax to-do’s for our upcoming appointment, little action items because it’s the start of a new month, and even a bit of cleaning/straightening around the office, just to set the tone for the week.

Photo: A work desk, with colorful journals stacked in front of a flatscreen monitor and next to a blue coffee mug, and a stack of washcloths in various shades of gray in the for

I’m considering making another cup of tea and starting on the fourth washcloth for this bundle. For the moment though, I’m just listening to the winds roar outside. The rain has finally moved on, but it’s -=windy!

Hope you’re having a great start to the week.

Mid-Week Progress – 24Feb2021

I feel like the week got off to a sluggish start, and I’m trying to make up for that with a lengthy to-do list. Today I’ve managed to get a couple of orders out the door, and complete some social media work as well. I’m knitting a new bundle of washcloths (the pic below) to get listed on Etsy this week, while occasionally watching “Boys Over Flowers”, and “The King: Eternal Monarch”, two very different KDramas I’m enjoying out of many that I have added to my Netflix queue. I’m watching enough Korean shows and music videos now that YouTube and other websites are occasionally showing me Korean advertising. 😀

Four skeins of blue yarn on a table with 3 knit washcloths, one of which is in progress. A sunny window with grey curtains shines in the background.

I’ve been keeping up with my DuoLingo Spanish studies, which are getting slightly easier to review. I am really enjoying the newer DuoLingo format – I don’t know when they overhauled the Spanish program, but I like the graphics and the interface much better than previous years when I’ve used it. I will have to go back to see if they’ve similarly updated the Korean lessons.

I haven’t talked much about Mindset and Manifestation work that I regularly complete to keep me operating in a positive state, and working toward long-term goals. I actually have a lengthy process, utilizing affirmations and written statements, as well as some reading and meditation work I do at night. In January, I stopped doing this work, and it shows with the lack of sales and progress I had for the month. I’m ramping up my practice again, and hoping to get some fresh motivation and inspiration by attending a free training with Jack Canfield tomorrow. I’ve been happy with his free content and books, and want to feel a bit more energized around the activities I need to complete to get back on track with my goals. 🙂

There’s also exercise, re-starting to log what food I’m eating using MyFitnessPal, writing, other creative work that I want to do but have been neglecting. I have no shortage of things to work on. I need more hours in the day.

I hope you’re having a good week and making progress toward whatever goals you’ve set for yourself. Be well, and stay well.

Monday Knitting

The last Monday of February 2021 started off with snow and sleet, and now we have bright sun and an afternoon nearing 40F. I’m currently sitting in a sunbeam, knitting a washcloth bundle from these beautiful colors, and thinking ahead to warmer temperatures. Not that I’m ready for spring — I’m not looking to jump that far ahead, but I could use the break from the snow. Maybe a week of sun and 50F, where we could get out for a walk without sliding around. 🙂

Photo: One yellow and one green washcloth, along with a set of circular knitting needles, and skeins of orange and multicolor cotton yarn.

As we’re about a week out from March (yes, March — how did that happen?), I’m looking ahead on my to-do list. I’m working on some new listings for the shop, and I’m itching to knit something different. The recent weather has me inspired to try a cardigan, which would be way outside of my comfort zone. I just need to poke around at patterns to see what I like, and what yarn I’d need.

Have a good week! Let me know what you’re working on, or hoping to get started on.