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March 28, 2006

Oh, look. A Plan.

Bookish , I love lists! , Knitting , The blog people

So I'm loving the Rule of Ten idea (well, except for this weekend when I was chomping at the bit to start Clapotis), but I'm apparently feeling the need to prioritize a bit more. Basically, what happened was that at some point last night I realized that I had all these vague ideas floating around in my head. Ideas like "You know, it was be awfully nifty if Birch was noticeably bigger when I bring it to Steph's next signing than it was at the last" and "If I wore Clapotis to NH Sheep & Wool, it would be easy for people to recognize me because it's so freaking bright." (Because you're all coming to Sheep & Wool and want to meet up, right? Right?)

So it seems as though it could be beneficial to write up a list of when I'd sort of like to have various things finished. None of these are hard and fast deadlines, per se - they're more just... goals. A Plan. I seem to attract Plans. Anyway:

April 16 (Easter/next time I'll see my family) - Dave's Scarf and Irish Hiking Scarf
April 21 (Steph's signing in Grafton) - Birch
May 13 (NH Sheep & Wool) - Clapotis and Salina
June 16 (roommate's birthday, so it would be nice if his Christmas present were done) - Campus Scarf
August 5 (family reunion) - Baby Aran
October 14 (Rhinebeck) - Rogue

I've been averaging three finishes a month of late, so that's all totally doable, even with my usual lack of focus. Well, April and May look a little cramped, but... we'll see. The main challenge will be convincing myself to knit anything but Clapotis. It's rather addictive. But today I left it at home and so I have high hopes of getting well into the third ball of yarn for Dave's Scarf at class tonight.

In other news, we're on Harlot Watch around here. The book is on the truck. On its way to my store. The shipment should get there this afternoon; they may or may not have time to unpack it. (I may or may not go unpack it for them after class.) Erica is supposed to call me with any news, but I'll be driving more or less by the store on the way to class (around 3:30) and on the way back (around 10:30). So. Unless Erica calls and tells me not to, I'll stop on the way down this afternoon - heck, I wouldn't mind a latte for the car anyway - and if there's no sighting by then I'll go back after class. And if for some reason that shipment doesn't make it there today, I'll go back after work tomorrow. Because, you know, what better to do on my night off than go to work? (Don't answer that.)

Posted by Kat at March 28, 2006 01:22 PM

I think lists with deadlines are a great idea. I'm waiting for my copy of Stephanie's new book, too.

Posted by: Carole at March 28, 2006 01:45 PM

I'm planning to head up to NHS&W.

Posted by: The Feminist Mafia at March 28, 2006 02:00 PM

Waiting for my copy, too!

Deadlines always help me get things done, so more power to you!

Posted by: Chris at March 28, 2006 04:08 PM

hey... gotta love a plan! :)

Posted by: zee at March 28, 2006 04:42 PM

Deadline? What's that?

Nice list. Doable? By October? [drops over dead in envy].

Posted by: Carrie K at March 28, 2006 06:02 PM

Last year I missed NHS&W festival because the weather was yucky that Sunday and we didn't have a babysitter for my mom...and now this year - it looks like I won't make it either because my sister is coming to visit and I'll be at the airport picking her up...RATS!

Posted by: Sara at March 29, 2006 11:52 AM

I have to say, if I set a deadline- it won't get done. The only way something gets done for me is if it holds my interest. Or if after leaving something to waste away for a year or so, I feel guilty and go dig it up and finish it....

Its cool however that you can at least set out your goals.... I too am on Harlot watch here- none of the bookstores (including the big chains) have her book yet- and I would really like to look at it and decide if it goes on the "eventually will buy list." (I hate the budget.)

Posted by: Angel at March 29, 2006 02:35 PM

I like the deadline idea. Sort of gives you a concrete goal. I just checked out your store site. How cool!! I wanna come to a yarn tasting. Too bad Idaho is a little far away.

Posted by: Jocele at March 29, 2006 09:09 PM

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