This blog is mostly going to be my little place to talk about the novel I am writing. Which is why I stole a quote from one of my favorite tv shows, as this novel I am writing, I plan to finish, and at times.. it feels like an impossible thing. Also this is to journal my move to the UK, and starting my own business as an Indie Yarn Dyer

All’s Quiet on the Western front…

Alright, so my beloved readers, you may (or may not) have noticed it’s been a little quiet over here in my little journal of impossible things.

Well, there is a reason for it. A reason I went into vague detail about in a blog I have not posted. I do not know if I will post the blog or not.

Lets just say, it involved drama. Not just roll your eyes type drama, but the Erin coming home from work in complete tears drama, including a massive dose of cyberstalking just because some people thought it was amusing.

My profile from Ravelry has not yet been deleted, but it will be shortly. (oy, i’ve got over 700 items in my queue, so I don’t want to loose all that, and transferring them over to the new profile takes time.)

I’ve pretty much been hiding on the down low for the last week because I was sick of the stalking.

I may or may not have to change the name of my shop. (there was slander against me and my shop)

For now I am leaving it as it is. I did have make arrangements to have my group on ravelry shut down, because that’s where the bulk of the stalking occurred. I do not yet know how it has affected my etsy store (thank goodness you can’t leave comments on someones shop unless you’ve purchased something, and for the record, all my product is Excellent, and I do not cut corners on anything. The materials I use for my yarns are tried and tested materials and the company I buy my dyes from has been in business doing what they are doing for over 100 years.)

I will have my shop minion open a new Group for me on ravelry when I feel it is safe to do so.

All in all, the whole situation has sucked.

But it did show me just how many friends I do actually have.
Okay, thats all I’m gonna say about that for the moment.

Moving along,
Knitting: I’ve been bad on the Fangtasm sock. I haven’t been working on it. Mostly because I have been working on creating original patterns.
I have the start of the pattern down for a certain Repo Man sock.
I have 1.5 parts of a pattern for Blind Mag down. She’s complicated, and is requiring to basically defy laws of nature here. So she’s going to take a while, but I’m getting closer with each try. Once I get this one little part down, then I’ve just got 1 more element to figure out, and then it’s just writing up the pattern to work with the over all construction of the project. (The over all shape is gonna be easy, but it’s just the pattern elements in the design that are taking a while.)

Writing:
Well, due to all the emotional crap going on, I was slacking when it came to writing.
But this weekend, I did manage to get nearly 2000 words done. Not the full goal, but nearly.
I’ve also done the math. If I actually do 1000 words a “day” (which is not impossible for me), it will take me 11 days to complete the minimum required word count. So I really do need to make this next week count. I will have the house to myself for the next week (or is it 2 weeks? I can’t recall exactly when Mother of Mine comes home) I doubt I’ll be able to get 1000 words every night with how exhausted from work I generally am, but I quite possibly can get a couple of hundred. If I can get 500 done on a work night, then I’ll be getting really close. I’m also going to see if in the slow times at work, if I can get even a sentence or two added.

I’m at quite the juicy part if I do say so myself. My minion Jo is enjoying what I’ve got written, and once I get it all done I’m going to put a call out for readers/editors.

Work: Right now is being odd. We are getting more inbound phone calls then we have been recently. But we are no longer getting Backlog tickets (my job), basically we get a handful a day, and I pretty much twiddle my thumbs to be able to work them. (Most of them are in Hawaii so I can’t call until a certain amount of my day has passed)
I am taking advantage of this down time for me, as well… for the last year (and yes, I say year because it was a year ago that the desk started downsizing and our volume started dropping off) I have been the busiest person here. I have always had something to do, and generally a minimum of 4 times as much work as everyone else. The only exception to that was my work minion Pat who did the same amount of work as me. (Though, but for one month, I always beat him out in the amount of tickets I did, and really the month he beat me out was my “Hmm the desk is going away, I don’t care anymore” month. He beat me by 5 tickets lol.)
So since the next 48 weeks are gonna be hell once this one ends, I’m taking advantage of the quiet now.

Oh, in other news:
The whole drama that happened… was so bad that Mother of Mine and Hunny of Mine had to divulge a BIG secret just to cheer me up.
Guy is coming out to visit in December. I cannot even express how happy this makes me.
They were going to surprise me, but unfortunately thanks to the major unpleasantness that occurred, they decided to tell me to cheer me up.

Dyeing:
Is going well. Well,I mean for the fact that I haven’t dyed in a while. Squibstitcher from Fresh from the Cauldron (whos yarn I love) gave me a few secrets, which was really awesome of her.
I am going to venture into wool dyeing, as 1) I have beautiful handspun that needs to be dyed, and 2)people still prefer wool. Personally, I think they are crazy, but thats just me. I have very good reasons for not liking to knit in wool. And I am very annoyed that I can’t get the same weights of yarn in the non wool stuff.
But just because I don’t like to knit in wool, doesn’t mean I won’t dye it. I only started with the non wool stuff because I happened to have it. And with the way I plan on running my shop, I strive to make sure I can recreate any colorway I make on both wool and and non wool. So people get a choice.

I am actually going to participate on a swap on Ravelry, which I’m hoping works out. Basically, it’s for new “yarnies” (people like me who dye yarn), we will get paired with a Knitter (or Crocheter), and we will trade 1 skein of dyed yarn for a skein of Undyed yarn. So we won’t be out anything other than our time/the cost of dye/the cost of shipping, but in return we will get the publicity of our yarns being out there and used in a project.

Random note #2:
Finally got to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
I must admit I highly enjoyed it. I enjoyed it much more than the last 3 films.
Yes, they changed things.
Yes, they left things out.
But in the end, everything they changed made it work without feeling forced. At no point did I sit there feeling disgusted at how they had changed the over all story. (*cough* POA *cough*)
There was really only 1 scene that they left something out of it that I was annoyed about.

Yes, there were other scenes they omitted that will make the next 2 films a bit harder to make work. (Okay, gonna spoil here. There was no Bill and Fluer. So, if there is no Bill and Fluer in this one, the whole “wedding” from the 7th story is going to feel completely out of left field. Which, I know the wedding is going to be in the movie. Oh well, I’m sure they will make it work somehow.)

I think that the kids they got to play Tom Riddle were absolutely BRILLIANT. Little Hero is actually Ralph Fiennes nephew, and then the older one… just… perfect. Seriously.

I’m gonna stop talking about HP because I really don’t want to spoil it for those who have not yet seen it.

Alright, I guess I’ve killed enough time. Time to do a little work.

bugs and hisses.

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7 responses

  1. Deneen

    Sorry about all the cyberstalking, been there, but won't back down. Ravelry stalking? Report it to Casey, seriously.I hope it all works out for you :)Peace

    July 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm

  2. Wicked

    @Deneen – Casey had been quasi aware of the situation, but it was honestly easier for me to just walk away and start fresh. Even if I had reported the situation to Casey the damage to my reputation was done and couldn't be undone. Since I was still so new at in the business aspect of me being on Ravelry, its easier to change things now as opposed to later. And my loyal customers and friends know what was going on and will follow me when decide to create the new group for my shop.

    July 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

  3. Wicked

    @Deneen – Heh, meant to also say Thank you for the good thoughts. 🙂 (hit that darn button before I was ready.)

    July 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

  4. Tracy

    I'm sorry to hear about the bad stuff… I think I found your blog through ravelry last week! Glad I did before you were gone!The swap sounds fun! I just did my first swap in July and it was really cool. Different from what you are doing though… I wish I was a spinner/dyer! Someday!I love Harry Potter… and I love all the books. My poor sister was so upset about the new movie but I liked it. But then, I've liked all the movies… even when they are different from the books (which I have read three times!).Anyway… good luck!

    July 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

  5. Leslie

    Great post, kiddo. You set a good tone even with all the drama. Still pissed that we had to spoil the surprise, but oh well… I finally get to meet him!Take care of you and thanks again for the help in the stranded person situation.

    July 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm

  6. Wicked

    @Tracey:We are also looking for just knitters (or crocheters). Basically, a non yarnie will trade a skein of undyed yarn for a skein of dyed yarn. You'll knit (or whatever) the yarn, and basically put it in your projects, blog etc. That way there is more more visability of the yarns. (There will be a group on Ravelry made, which once it is formed, I will link to it here. And all questions etc can be better answered there as the person running it will be able to define all the rules.)

    August 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm

  7. Diana Troldahl

    Hi Erin, thanks again for taking Lynx and Alae under your wing. You made a new friend, in me, that day.Hugs,Diana

    August 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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