Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Almost Done

  Hi! 😀 I'm back and I have a truck again, so it's time to get busy. I was starting to loose hope for my vehicle along with the Crochet is the Way business, but I guess I needed to go turn some wrenches to get the gears turning in my mind. This new algorithm change has made it impossible to continue blogging full-time, but it doesn't mean I'll disappear completely. I just have to concentrate more of my efforts on something that will actually make money, like selling my patterns and the items made from them. It may be a bit slower than before, but I still have to keep the blog around for things like this:

crochet, scarf, pattern, for-sale, free gift, Caron Simply Soft


  For those who missed it, that would be the scarf that I needed your opinions to complete. And for those who helped and are waiting for their gift-pattern, it will be available soon! (See the end of this post for another opportunity to have this pattern gifted to you.) The project itself may be finished, but now comes the task of turning it into a PDF for Ravelry. It could be a simple job for me, but the program I've been using is now acting funny... Pictures are jumping around to places I didn't put them, and pages are splitting for no reason. UGH.

crochet, scarf, pattern, for-sale, free gift, before and after


  But, like usual, I will figure it out. (Just like with my truck.) It's frustrating and slightly disappointing that I got so close to having the pattern ready, and now there's a new problem to fight with. I'm taking a break and then I'm going to try opening a new file and starting over. If that doesn't fix it, then I'll go find another program. I'm at a point in my life where I'm sick of things constantly holding me back. If whatever is standing in my way can't be fixed, it's getting deleted. (Like my car.)


  Now that the update on the pattern is over, can I cry a little over my truck? This is what I have after a "friend" was trusted to fix it... The job wasn't completed when he dropped it off in my yard, saying "it's your problem". It wasn't in perfect condition before he "worked" on it, but now it's pretty much trashed. After being left in the sun for almost a year, my dash is split in half. Brand new tires were allowed to sit flat, completely destroying them. And my tailgate was ruined when he pushed it here with an ATV. 😢

My truck, S10, Chevrolet

My truck, S10, Chevrolet

My truck, S10, Chevrolet


  Sad, right? That's why it sat in my yard for another 3 years. It was in such a depressing state that I couldn't even look at it for awhile. I had some help from a real friend replacing the fuel pump and tank a while back, and rerouted the spark plug wires to their correct places on the coil. She still didn't run right, and I gave up. Finally, the no-car situation pushed me to get back to it. I spent last weekend disassembling the top end of the motor to find loose bolts, hoses not connected, plugs left unplugged, and a bunch of trash that never got flushed out of the engine. She runs now. It was a scary ride there on bad tires, but it was good to take her up town to get some "new shoes" and hear her running normally again. I just had to wait for the delivery of my tag-lights (also broken from the ATV-pushing) to make her completely street-worthy again, and now I can concentrate on the cosmetic fixes.

My truck, S10, Chevrolet


  But, working on it led me to another let-down: When I dove into the good ol' times of grease and oil again, I realized how much I missed it. It was hard, dirty work to do, but I liked doing it. I love getting into the guts of things to see how it works; how it breaks; how it needs to be fixed. Crocheting may still exercise my brain with numbers and shapes, but there's just no moving parts or power to it. I found myself considering getting back into my old career again.


  But by the end of the day, I was facing the truth. My hands became so stiff I was dropping everything, and Rip had to help with the things that took more muscle to complete. When I woke up the next morning, I could barely move. With RA in remission, I thought I could do it. The truck may be done, but working on it was a sad reminder that it's not possible for me to spend a day under the hood, let alone the rest of my life. And my specialty, building transmissions, takes a combination of nimble fingers and strength that I no longer have.


  The thing I picked up for therapy will continue to be my new career. This yarn-y, colorful world I've found myself in is so opposite from the grease, gears and metal I knew and loved. But, the people are nicer here and I don't have to prove I know what I'm doing to every man that visits the blog. Plus, I can blast heavy metal any time I want because there's no customers to complain about it. I think it's a trade I'm willing to make. I can still be happy with my choice. 😊

crochet, scarf, pattern, for-sale, free gift, Caron Simply Soft


Happy Crocheting!

PS - Just like with my old job, I'm pretty good at crochet... But sometimes, I still need a little help. For those of you who missed out on the first opportunity, I'm extending my offer to be gifted this pattern on Ravelry. This scarf needs a name! Leave a suggestion in the comments (and your Ravelry name if anonymous), and you'll receive this pattern for free once it's uploaded.

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PPS - Just to keep everyone updated, there will be another slight delay in getting that pattern ready. I took the truck on a long run today and lost oil pressure on the way home. I'm hoping it's just a plugged filter after the "mechanic" didn't flush all the gunk out... But I'll be spending the morning checking that out instead of working on the pattern. (It's still coming soon!)

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PPP... Oh, let's just call it another update, okay? After it looked like I'd be finishing soon, I caught another cold. I'm getting better already, but still trying to rest and recover completely. I may not be online much to respond to your ideas, however...

While I'm on the mend, the opportunity to get this pattern for free is still open to all who comment on this post. (So, tell your crochet-friends!) Sick-brain isn't helping me make a decision on a name any more than it's helping finish the PDF. I stared at the pictures for awhile and decided the lace looked like eyeballs. Then I thought it looked like alien eyeballs. After that, I saw skeletons in the middle of the design. And for the last thought that struck me before I gave up, it turned into a dragon's tail. With the fever, I'm lucky it didn't sprout wings and fly away. 😄 

Have fun with your suggestions, because I'm sure not having any luck! But, by the way, I managed to make two more of these in other colors before I caught this cold. They'll be for sale... I won't say "soon". We should know better than that by now, because this happens every time I use that word.


13 comments:

  1. To me your scarf looks like the decorative stuff you can put around a sewing project. My mom told me long ago it was called bric-a-brac. so that is my suggestion: the bric-a-brac scarf. OR the rose scarf because it looks like a rose in the picture where it is rolled up! Happy making! (BTW, stop by and visit my blog sometime! www.cabincrochetcreations.com. I didn't know how to monetize my blog and now you say its pretty much over *sigh* so, just stop by for fun!!) Thanks!

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    1. Your dolls are so cute!
      Don't lose hope on monetizing your blog. The algorithm changes from time to time, and there is a chance the next change will be for the better. Now could be a great time to get it started because things are always on the low side until advertisers start to take notice of your site. Just know there's always a chance that it can change again for the worse, so it's not a stable source of income.

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  2. Oh dear - thinking of a name for a project is one of the hardest things to do! I'm of little use here... I've decided to name my future shawls after the queens of Belgium - not very original but maybe it'll to shorten the struggle.
    Not being able to work in the job one loves is hard too. I know exactly how you feel - but visiting a friend at the hospital last week made me see I did the right thing getting out if there!. But I applied for a side job (keep you fingers crossed) and I'm going to a fair in May. Maybe things will brighten up a little. Still dreaming of making a living out of crochet though...
    Hold on to your dreams, dear Jenny, one never knows...
    Hugs,
    Marjan

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    1. Marjan, somehow I knew you would understand the career change as well as the naming of projects. I like your idea of picking a theme! Perhaps I could use US presidents... Start with the lacy Trump blanket made in polyester, so it can be cheap, abrasive, and full of holes. ;)
      Good luck with the job and the fair!

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  3. Gentle Swirls because the pattern looks soft and the flowers swirls. Rustie9 on ravelry. Such a beautiful pattern.

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    1. Thanks for the idea! Holding this pattern in hand does inspire a "gentle" feeling.

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  4. I get the sense of feathers, chains and spearmint leaves so I suggest the Featherchain Scarf or maybe the Feathery Chain Scarf. I am Loviegirl on Ravelry.

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    1. Ooo, it is feathery depending on how it's wrapped. Great ideas - Thank you!

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  5. Your Scarf is absolutely lovely - My first thought for a name was "From Rows To Rose" but I found all the above suggesting highly interesting also. Whatever you name it - it will always be beautiful.
    WJWEESE

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    1. I like the way your suggestion sounds... I still can't decide! Thank you for your input! :)

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  6. Absolutely love this. It is so soft and feminine. And the color is lovely. I am not good at naming things. Just know it is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! Never underestimate how your words can inspire someone. Your comment just helped me find what I've been looking for!

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    2. Debbie, the pattern is ready, but I was unable to track you down on Ravelry. If you would like to keep your username private, you can email crochetisthewayblog@gmail.com.

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