The problem with being a creative

Isn’t helleborus lovely?

Things have been busy here at Bravewood, as usual. How could life be otherwise? The kids are all busy, Spring is just around the corner, so all of Nature is starting to bustle with activity after the lull of Winter. I have two tiny daffodils blooming in my flowerbed and the helleborus is blooming in full force! Did you know that those lovely flower petals aren’t actually flower petals at all?  They are actually leaves which protect the flower in the center, like poinsettias.  That’s what I learned today.

It’s that time of year when I should be going through the seeds, deciding which to plant where, getting the greenhouses set up and all of that.

But I digress.  A lot.  This is a knitting and crochet blog, right? Ok, back on track.

I have been knitting and pattern writing today.  Actually more writing than knitting got done. You see, I promised a friend of mine that I would write up a pattern for her for a pair of yoga socks that I have listed in my Etsy shop, but never got around to actually writing a pattern for.  I made the first pair and really didn’t think it would be very popular, so I just didn’t bother to write it down. And I wasn’t exactly wrong; you can still find that one pair of yoga socks sitting in my Etsy shop – not selling. It has been there for a long time. BUT, this friend of mine saw them a while back and being herself a knitter, wanted to make a pair for her sister. She looked through my pattern listings, didn’t find the pattern and proceeded to message me about it.

I hate to admit that she messaged me about it, umm, sometime before Christmas. I, however, was in the middle of a Christmas gift knitting marathon and had a pattern out to my test knitters (Team Woolly, you rock!), plus I had a kit collaboration in the works. Yes, I was busy, and I forgot about the yoga socks pattern.

About a month ago (or so), my friend messaged me again in regard to the yoga socks pattern. I sheepishly promised her that it would be my next project. But did I get right on it? Umm…

NO, I did not. I got another IDEA. This is the problem with being a creative; so many ideas. Life sometimes gets in the way of the ideas and sometimes ideas get in the way of keeping promises.

HOWEVER, I remembered the yoga sock pattern in the wee hours of the night last night (while I was hammering out part of an IDEA) and told myself NOT to forget about the yoga socks again!

Diamond Lattice Yoga Socks pattern by Wendelika Cline

And guess what I did? I actually wrote out the pattern. I worked out the chart and everything! So proud of myself , er, sort of. The chart was really pretty simple and I should have had it done before Christmas. Anyway, it is done. I emailed it off to my friend this afternoon and she was sweet enough to be excited about finally getting the pattern in her hands. I haven’t test knit it yet, so she gets to be my guinea pig.  Any other guinea pigs out there who want to give it a try?  Let me know and I’ll send you all the Team Woolly test knitting details.

In other blog news, I have also been busy today adding “buy now” links for all of the patterns that I have in my Ravelry store to my web site. You can now find them all on the Patterns page. [cue heavenly chorus] When I originally set up this format for the web site, I intended to get all of the links done but, you know, Squirrel!

And then I forgot that I hadn’t actually done it. So, I figure I got two gold stars today for finishing up two of the things that I should have done months ago.  There are more to tackle, but I’m happy that I crossed those two off my list.

What are your long overdue tasks to be done?  Or have you crossed any off your list recently?