Series: To-Do List for the Week

First of all, I would like to say this series is helping alot – the last list really helped me focus for the week and I’m happy to say I got almost everything on it done. So thanks for reading and keeping me on track! 🙂

Week of March 7 – 11:

  1. Get pattern tech edited and graded. (This is the first time I’ve ever had one of my patterns tech edited and graded. I love to learn as I go and push myself to figure things out, but this pattern has multiple color charts and Knitty requires you to have a pattern graded all the way from XS to 2x.)
  2. Submit pattern to Knitty once the tech editor returns it to me (This is a separate item because Knitty has a very specific format to follow and I will have to take my usual pattern layout and conform it to Knitty’s requirements.)
  3. Register and decide on classes for Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena. (This will take a bit of configuring because my daughter has a campout that same weekend.)
  4. Sketch out ideas for a new collaboration I’m doing with Colinton Australia. (All my designs start with sketching, which comes in handy when I get about halfway through a project and start to lose focus. A visual of the original idea is the best help during a project!)
  5. Wind the yarn I just received from Colinton. (Separate item on the list because there are 8 skeins which will take more than just 5 minutes, even with a ballwinder and swift.)
  6. When sketching is done, begin knitting swatches to see if everything translates well from paper to yarn. Again, a separate item on the list because swatching includes washing and blocking. (Best way to get accurate gauge, which is a key element in writing good patterns.)

A Week of Celebration

Every year, the week of September 11 comes and goes in a flurry. My birthday is the 8th, and our anniversary is the 11th. Due to the fact that the school routine is just starting again, we usually have a week with random moments of celebration as we can fit them in. I had lovely dinners with my husband and with dear friends, flowers delivered by surprise from a close friend, and a birthday cake decorated solely by my daughter.

It was also the first time I was able to get out of the house and move around comfortably since breaking my ankle. Having a nice lunch in the Palisades with ocean views is truly the best way I can think of to celebrate. The week always goes by so fast, I take photos of these special little moments to remember and look back at later. The week ended up being exactly what makes me happiest – time doing what I love and time spent celebrating with the people I love. Which, in the end, are who make everything in life worthwhile! 🙂

Flowers from a dear friend. It was lovely to answer the door and receive these.
Flowers from a dear friend. It was lovely to answer the door and receive these.
Not exactly professional, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Homemade chocolate cake and decorated by my daughter.
Not exactly professional, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Homemade chocolate cake and decorated by my daughter.
Nothing I love to do more than spread out ALL over the living room floor with yarn and sketching materials and dream up a new design! :)
Nothing I love to do more than spread out ALL over the living room floor with yarn and sketching materials and dream up a new design! 🙂
Gladstones has excellent food and atmosphere, and lovely views of the Pacific Palisades coastline. We don't eat here often, but it's a special treat when we do!
Gladstones has excellent food and atmosphere, and lovely views of the Pacific Palisades coastline. We don’t eat here often, but it’s a special treat when we do!
For me, it's a tossup between sushi and ceviche. My two favorites, in addition to calamari, as evidenced by the empty plate in the background.
For me, it’s a tossup between sushi and ceviche. My two favorites, in addition to calamari, as evidenced by the empty plate in the background.
You really can't have a more beautiful view while enjoying your plate of seafood. I could watch the ocean all day.
You really can’t have a more beautiful view while enjoying your plate of seafood. The ocean is my favorite perk of living in Los Angeles.

In 2015…

You may recall from previous posts that I welcome a chance to reflect and renew my resolve. New Year’s, naturally, is one of those times. Our family is just back from a winter break in the mountains, the kids are back at school today, and my husband and I are also doing our best to return to reality. I don’t like unrealistic or impossible resolutions, but I do have things I’d like to work on in the new year.

1. Toxic relationships need to go! I tend to be very open and friendly with people, but the last several years, I’ve been a little too much so, and it’s hurt me deeply when people have taken advantage of it. I also tend to be the “fixer” – instead of letting the other person uphold their end of the friendship, I go too far out of my way to try to make everything work, even when the other person is being blatantly disrespectful. I still believe in being kind and friendly, and in giving everyone a fair chance. But I’ve also realized that when you devote too much time and energy to toxic people, you are diverting it away from the people in your life who really do deserve your best. My resolve for the new year is to not waste any more energy on people who choose not to show common courtesy and respect, and to instead focus my energy on my family and the people in my life who have proven themselves to be true friends. Even though this means a change in certain relationships and I’ve had a hard time with that in the past, I have grown enough to be sure of where I stand. Closely linked to that is learning to listen to my gut right off the bat instead of excusing bad behavior.

2. Being grateful. This includes the big things like two healthy kids and a good husband, and the small things, like the way my cats are happy to pitterpat around me in the mornings when I’m fixing breakfast and school lunches. Focusing on the things you’re grateful for makes it easier to keep negativity at a distance.

3. Gratitude leads into my next resolve, which is to be very controlling about how I think. The last few years, as I dealt with the above-mentioned toxic friendships, I often found myself in a very dark, sad place. It is hard when someone is making you feel bad to realize that it is still up to YOU to decide to stop the cycle and control your own thoughts and emotions. So, in connection with being grateful, I am also resolving to be more in control of my thoughts and who is allowed to affect my emotions.

4. Of course, I also have some artistic goals, in case you were starting to wonder. I have read many articles about the benefits of focusing on one thing at a time instead of trying to do too much multi-tasking. To that end, I will continue my goal from last year of trying to pare down how many projects I have going at one time. It has been beneficial to focus on finishing things, but I still find myself wanting to start too much at once. But I have made progress!

5. Another resolve, artistically speaking, is to continue to develop a habit of sketching regularly. This not only helps improve drawing skills, but it also makes a visual record of fleeting ideas that I’d forget about if I didn’t draw them immmediately! A note about keeping a sketchbook – don’t be intimidated by your drawing skills! The main point of it is to be able to come back to it later – if you can “read” your drawing a month later, then that’s all that matters!

What are your resolutions for 2015? I hope as you look back at 2014, you can see progress on whatever you worked on last year, and that as you look ahead, you feel the same motivation and positivity that I do!