plotting. (life happens.)


I’ve been seeing that many knit bloggers that I am smitten by are perfect, and ahead of schedule, and it sort of makes me feel behind. But I’m just beginning to think about (shh …) Christmas knitting.

I told myself that this year, I wouldn’t knit any Christmas presents for anybody; last year, I worked overtime on gifts and I didn’t have any time for any design work.

And I was planning on being more productive with this design thing this year, 2015.

But … well, life happens. πŸ™‚

That’s why I’m behind on Christmas knitting.

So, to make up for my unproductiveness, I’m making quite a large yarn order from KnitPicks (a company that I told myself I wouldn’t order from for a while, so that I could try some other yarns out), and adding a bunch of new hat patterns and DK yarn to my itinerary.


I found the list with my “plans” for 2015 on it yesterday.

  1. I plan on designing more patterns. Well. Only 3 other designs have been released this year, and the fourth one is on hold until the end of next month.
  2. I plan on learning how to play the piano. It’s a start …
  3. I plan on finishing The Book. To be frank, I have not written that much at all this year.
  4. I plan on reading the rest of Agatha Christie’s Poirot series, and maybe starting on Miss Marple. Poirot: 15 down, 17 to go; Miss Marple: I’ve only read two. :/
  5. I plan on writing more blog posts! I haven’t been as consistent as I wanted to be this year. I was hoping to do many more tutorials, too. :/
  6. I plan on branching out into social media: Pinterest and maybe Twitter. Yeah. That hasn’t happened yet.
  7. I plan on querying to the Interweave magazine about publishing one of my patterns. That is going to happen very soon. (Wish me luck!)

Yeah. Life happens. I haven’t really done anything on that list.


I’m plotting a new book for next month’s NaNoWriMo. I really should be done with plotting it, but I get stuck in the middle every time I sit down to work on it. It’s a middle-grade novel and it’s giving me grief.

That Interweave proposal I’m working on is also giving me grief. I think it’s because I don’t have a big enough stash filled with the yarn I need to use for swatching. I’ll have to work on that stash of mine …


The bloggers that I admire are always so encouraging and don’t post anything negative or down-hearted. And I don’t mean to come across as such now. I think I just need a change and lots of INSP right now. Where do you go to find inspiration? What gets you happy and motivated? I’d really like to know!

Also, I’d like to say this again: if you’re following my blog, but you didn’t recieve a promo code for Meduseld, please contact me very soon on Ravelry so that I can get it for you. October is almost done, and so is the promotion that I’m running on it. Thank you!


25 thoughts on “plotting. (life happens.)

  1. I think you should write a second list, of all the things you HAVE achieved this year. I don’t think anyone ever achieves more than one or two of their resolutions, so think of it more as a menu than a to do list!

    How about not doing NaNoWriMo this year? It sounds like you’re pulling in a lot of different directions at once, and then getting frustrated when you can’t get far enough in any of them. Take a breath, take stock and then focus.

    You might also want to try breaking your goals down into smaller chunks, e.g. I want to release a new pattern every two months (we all want you to do that!) – so you can keep track over the course of the year rather than waiting to see what is happening in the final quarter. OR I want to get all my Christmas knitting done before NaNoWriMo so I’m not conflicted about which thing I should be doing.

    But first – write that list of all the good things that happened this year. You’ve done some amazing stuff, you can be very proud.


    1. You know what? That’s a really good idea! And thinking of it like a menu would be much less taxing. πŸ™‚

      I have thought about taking this NaNo off, but it is the only time I really write my ideas down. I think maybe taking something else off, like blogging, might be a better idea. Today, I think I’ll try to write down exactly everything on my horizons down and at least put a few of them on hold.

      Thank you so much for that excellent advice and encouragement. I’m printing this comment out and putting it in my notebook so that I can keep it in mind the next time I write a list at the beginning of the year.


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  2. You never come across as negative at all to me, only sensitive. πŸ™‚ That’s one of the reasons I like you!! πŸ™‚ From what I’ve seen you’ve done a brilliant job of 2015 so far. Personally I say ‘Go the stash!’ Go crazy. Nothing like sitting in the middle of a huge pile of yarn on the floor for happiness and inspiration. πŸ™‚


  3. Hi..I just want to say you, that you have to be patience.. In chile we said that you can plan lots but is God who decides… Its good to look over our year goals, just to make adjustments, not to feel overwhelmed… I really think you have great ideas and designs. So keep going.. you are great! So.. about the questions… I think I found inspiration in books (love to read), movies (tv series.. etc) and travelling (go outside)… I sometimes just sit for hours in a coffee shop to watch people outfits and take some pictures. Look how your Friends and family wears the clothes.. you will find inspiration!!!


  4. I suspect that behind the scenes you have had a lot of other things to distract you. You are right that life happens, and we can’t beat ourselves up over it. The important thing is to enjoy your life. Inspiration comes in many forms. One of those sources I’m finding great at the moment is Instagram. Forget Pinterest and Twitter – all the fun is happening on Instagram! πŸ˜€


    1. Ah, Instagram. πŸ™‚ The thing is, Wei, I’m a bit of an anomaly in my generation. I’ve made the choice not to have a mobile device, at least for right now, and so while I’d really like to get Instagram, because I stalk, I mean keep up with several great Instagram feeds, I can’t really do that right now. 😦 But when I do, I think I’m going to go to town on it. πŸ™‚

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  5. You know what? As someone who is probably three times your age, I have to tell you that a lot of things on your life list doesn’t get done. It doesn’t mean that any of them are not important. It just means that you had more important things to do…like having fun or learning something new! From reading your blog for the short time I have, you are ways ahead of me both in creativity and gosh wouldn’t I love to be able to write and publish a pattern! You are extremely talented and I can’t wait to see where you go!

    I only have a few things done on my Christmas list…however, no one knows that I am making them something for Christmas. And they are not expecting it. That makes it exciting and also kind of puts less pressure on me. I could always buy that perfect gift for them, but if I can get the gifts done, then Yay Me! At least I tried. I have to say that you inspire me with every post and I wish that I had known what to do with the creativity that I had when I was your age. Blessings to you πŸ™‚


      1. I just started knitting in February of this year; so no on the knitted side. I have crocheted since I was eight years old; however never really made Christmas gifts. I usually made blankets for special occasions. So, this will be my first year. I have all my yarn, the patterns picked out and all is a go! It’s mostly going to be cowls and hats. Super simple and something I think I can accomplish in the time I have.


      2. Wow! You’ve progressed quite a bit then! I don’t think I would even be dreaming of knitting a cardi, let along actually doing it if I hadn’t have even knitted the whole year! Good for you! I’m impressed. πŸ™‚

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  6. Have you looked at my Self-Imposed Year of Projects list? Do you know how many things on there I have not done? So many things.

    But, with that said, you just keep on keeping on. I have an enviable stash but I detest swatching so when someone says they want a swatch, I want to curse and throw things (and usually do the cursing, at least)…..I don’t swatch for socks. I know what fits me. I know they want to see the design but really? I. DETEST. SWATCHING! Also, only one “someone paid me” published for the year…and one that I just threw up on Ravelry (and it currently has sold four copies since I put it up in April). I’ve only done two submissions for the year, as well…

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. Also, if you’re in need of a swatching stash, peruse destashes on Ravelry for mini skeins, especially in sock yarns.


    1. YES! I’m forcing myself to learn to like it, though. There aren’t many folks who’ll take my word that “Oh, yes, it’s just a wonderful pattern!!” without glancing at my swatch. Sadly. 😦

      And I don’t swatch for sock, either. I know my gauge. πŸ™‚


  7. I took piano lessons for about ten years, and, to be honest, I never really liked it. I did, however, like performing, and when I heard other people playing, I wanted to sound as good as them. So, my advice with that is to find a song you like, and start with learning to play that. First, though, you need to learn the basics. After ten years, I realized that the only point of lessons was motivation to keep playing, because there’s not a lot that you really need to learn. It is helpful to have a deadline or something to work towards. My piano teacher gave me the opportunity to play at recitals and local events, which was good motivation for me. Maybe volunteer to play somewhere (nursing homes tend to be good audiences πŸ™‚ ) and use that as your deadline to learn a few songs.

    And just in general, don’t get discouraged. It’s hard to be especially good at a lot of things, but it’s nice to learn as much as you can πŸ™‚


      1. It’s a very long time to do something you don’t like :p But you can read sheet music! That’s all you need to learn, the rest is just commitment πŸ™‚ Now you can check that off your list.


  8. Hey Josiah! I enjoyed your post about your plans for the year and your take on not getting many of them accomplished. I have found that life rarely goes as I plan except in a very fluid sort of way. As you said, “LIFE HAPPENS.” However, instead of looking at what you haven’t gotten done this year – make a list of what you have done. The interesting places you’ve gone, help you’ve given to others, the new skills you’ve acquired, the special times you spent with your family, the creations you have come up with, etc. (I sound a bit like Dr. Suess’s “Oh The Places You’ll Go! – or an ex home school Mom!) I have found by doing that kind of list, I can see God’s hand prints in my life. I bet you will too. πŸ™‚

    Also, GOOD LUCK in your submission to Interweave!


    1. Thank you, Rea! That’s really good advice. After this month is over, I think I’m going to have a sit down and reevaluate my goals. Maybe we should only do mid-year resolutions. πŸ™‚


  9. Josiah, from what I’ve heard you never have sufficient of what you want in your stash! Having written which I reorganised my stash storage the other day and discovered I now have so much sock yarn it’s ridiculous. Fortunately I knit socks year round, then present them to the women in the family, who are the ones who appreciate such things, for Christmas. So it will all be used . . . eventually.

    As for inspiration, I find Knitty helps. I’ve gotten a couple of patterns from there recently, for a cardigan & a sweater, which I sort of winged/am winging another cardigan & zip-up sweater from. Just have to remember to keep measuring before I’ve knit too far.


    1. That is true, isn’t it? Yarn should be something that no one should feel bad about hoarding. And Knitty is just awesome inspiration! I wish I had more time. I’m going to knit the Droste hat from the latest issue soon, I think. πŸ™‚

      As for the curtains, I was just thinking about them the other day. I think I’m going to try to sew some instead; my knitting time is limited now that school is going. And we actually may be moving soon! So I don’t want to invest that much time in knitting custom curtains just to leave them behind.

      Thank you so much for your comment and your encouragement!



  10. The other thing to remember about plans is something Jon Bon Jovi said –

    It’s ok to make a Life Plan, just do it in pencil.

    See also Ecclesiastes 11:9&10.

    Enjoy your writing.


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