It's a busy time of year, and the dye pots are getting a workout - dyeing yarn to fill orders, dyeing yarn to restock inventory. I've found the easiest way to manage all the yarn coming in and going out is to have a dyeing schedule.
Of course there are any number of distractions, but I've been holding steady. Oh, there are plenty of temptations. I know the computer could easily suck me in and consume big gulps of time, but putting myself on a strict schedule has made me very efficient with my computer time. I get on, take care of essential business and get off.
A dyeing schedule also means my knitting time is in short supply. With many activities I can incorporate a little knitting here and there. I can easily knit a few rows while on the phone or browsing on the computer. Dyeing, however, does not lend itself to knitting even a few stitches. Needless to say I'm feeling deprived when it comes to my knitting time.
The other day I found myself waiting for one of the kids, and I was thrilled. Enough time for a few rows. I had the makings of a new project in tow . . . just in case.
I decided to invest some of my precious time and do the right thing. I made a little swatch, and I'm glad I did. It turns out the needles I was sure would give me gauge, didn't. I made a slight adjustment and got gauge.
Once the needles size was sorted out, I didn't waste a minute in casting on.
After a few rows I had this to show. I ran out of time just as the fun was getting underway. I can tell it's going to be hard to leave this project alone. I may have to surrender it to someone for safekeeping.
Time takes its toll, and it's very evident with my color inspiration for this week. Texture and peeling paint reveal a past life for this old fence.
Layers of color.