Monday, February 6, 2012

On the Mend

I've been alluding to a lot of changing going on at Stitch Silly.  I think today I am going to let a few out of the bag.  The biggest one is that quite frankly, I'm burned out.  I took on too much recently and put to much pressure on myself as a result, I've been sick and stressed out. 

What's that mean you ask?  Well, I'm still figuring that out.  One thing is definitely decided, I am making sure I practice what I preach and am making an effort to spend more time with my family and for myself.  That means hitting the gym more!  How will this effect Stitch Silly?  Well for now, that means I will probably slow my production down as I will be spending fewer hours in front of the sewing machine.  I realize that this is a drastic change from my before Christmas push to increase my inventory.  To that I say, things happen, priorities change.  I actually have a few things I would like to post, but I'm in no hurry. 

As I mentioned last week, I have taken up crocheting.  It's quite different from knitting, but very interesting.  My first project is a dish cloth,  you know start with the basics, then practice, practice, practice!  I took a few shots this weekend as I was starting out.  I've since gotten a nice swatch going and hope to continue the progress over the week. 

For those of you who are working a "regular" job in addition to your online shop and are mom's too boot, how do you keep sane?  What's the right balance for you?


  1. Sorry to hear that my fears for you were right! Glad, though, that you're slowing down. Good luck with the crocheting - myself, I found when I did it that it wound me up. All that counting meant I couldn't engage in conversations with husband nor watch TV, all of which I could do when I did the knitting and now do with the toy-making!

    However, things have gone a tad crazy here as posts recently have reported - so do sympathise with you, even more, especially as said husband is also a very poorly boy at the moment!

    You take care. Cheers. Isobel

    1. Isobel, it's all a learning process. I just need to learn to pace myself and to do what I love, when it starts to feel like "work," I know I need to slow down.

      The good thing about this pattern is there is very little thought involved. I just stitch to the end of the row, then turn around and come back. It is very good practice! I would love to make an afghan for myself, but I need to get a little better first. Baby steps in the new craft!

  2. Good for you for putting your family and yourself first :) Those should always be priorities! (But that can be easier said than done sometimes!)
    I work full-time, but don't have kids. My boyfriend is very understanding of the time it takes to run my business. Luckily he stays busy in his garage while I work :)

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