Jun 212011

So today I went to meet a bunch of women who help each other reach their respective creative goals. The meeting was very nice, and helpful too but I got a little embarrassed while introducing myself as, “I’m a musician, and a music teacher, and I write stories, and I have a blog, and a podcast, and I knit, and spin.” because it always sounds like I’m accomplishing so much. And who knows, maybe I am, and that’s why I always feel so overwhelmed.

And then somebody mentioned the book “Refuse to choose” that I read some time ago, and that reminded me about how I have wanted to do a map of my house showing all the works in progress that lay around everywhere. And since I don’t usually draw I thought it might be fun to take pictures instead. And then I thought you might like to read about that, so here we go (and since this is a very, very long post you might want to grab a cup of tea or something):


I started at the desk in my studio/office. This is the first sock for my soon to be ready for purchase sock design “Meadow Abstract”. I’m currently knitting the second sock, correcting errors in the pattern, and hopefully soon, I’ll translate the whole thing into English. (Underneath is some tax stuff, and random paperwork.)


Left side of the desk we have guitar tabs for “Road Tripping” a song I’m currently learning to play on the guitar.


This one was sitting in a bag right on top of my desk but it does look better like this, doesn’t it? It’s my current spindle spinning project. The fiber was dyed to go all through the rainbow, and I’m trying to preserve the colors while spinning.


On top of the spinning shelf inside the lazy kate there’s a ball of handspun Merino waiting to be swatched for a sweater, and underneath that some weaving that my son did, that I still need to hem. Don’t mind the green yarn on the bobbin, that’s not a project.


Too lazy to pull that out of its bag, here you see in the front my current wheel spinning project, also in the paper bag some red silk that I started spinning but don’t care about at the moment, and some cotton sliver that I started spinning on a suspended spindle. I don’t consider this a real project because I don’t care if I ever get that finished or not. It’s just for practice.


Big, huge, next spindle project. This is actually a sweater waiting to happen. My huge, big, scary project for July. (Two pounds people, two pounds of Corriedale.)


Piano. With some random sheet music. Playing the piano has been an ongoing project of mine since 1979. Still not finished. Probably never will.


Potholders to be. We’re down to only one pair so I bought some yarn today. After taking this picture I put it in one of the yarn storage boxes in the bedroom.


Pile on top of the stereo speaker: notebooks with stories waiting to be typed into the computer and eventually be published somewhere, book I bought to read for a book club that I never got around to open, and underneath the “Zen of Screaming”-DVD that I have been wanting to work with for about a year or so. Already watched it twice.


Stack of paper next to the computer: “How to make your own deodorant“-recipe that I printed out to have it ready for when I go to the health food store next time.

Next up the former guest bedroom, now the place where we watch TV:


Underneath the table there’s a basket with all my leftover sock yarn in it. Well, most of my leftover sock yarn. This will eventually be a blanket. Now to the bedroom:


Denim skirt to be sewn. I actually finished drafting the pattern, and cutting out the pieces on the day before we left for vacation but some time in the afternoon I finally listened to my husband’s advice, and didn’t try to finish it at all costs before leaving. It really only needs sewing by now…. (And no, I’m not a tidy person. This is draped over two dressers, actually.)


As I said. Underneath this mess is the dreaded mending pile. You see: the box the denim came in, the stuffing for another project that I’ll show you later, the finished sample for my soon to be released “Celtic Summer Sock”-pattern (need to fix errors, take fetching pictures of socks on my not-so-fetching feet, translate pattern into English, and such). Under those are my husband’s beloved Wollmeise socks that have a big honking hole in them, some brown yarn for a sweater I’m knitting, and some handspun Wensleydale. I don’t like the project I made out of it, and now I don’t know whether to rip or not.


Shawl waiting to be blocked.


Socks to wash by hand, table runner to be ironed to get wax out, apron to be ironed.

And off to the kitchen:


Green thread to sew the binding of my green corduroy skirt (that I have been wearing for ages) to the skirt itself.


Spindle with the part of the rainbow fiber on it that I’m currently spinning. Books to read on the kindle, episodes of Buffy to watch. (And lots of things to put away, oops.)


My corner of the kitchen bench in bad light.


Books and magazines that live on their own shelf next to the kitchen bench but I thought it would look better if I spread them out a bit. I have been trying to finish reading “Shadowrise” for ages, and the task is no less daunting for the fact that there is yet another part of that story to read after this one. I’m almost through with both spinning magazines, and some of these days I’ll educate myself about color in spinning so I can start dyeing fiber as well.


Spider sock in progress (lives in the red knitting bag).


Second “Meadow Abstract” sock, see above (orange knitting bag). Yes, my knitting projects are color-coded.


Mossy turtle in progress. That’s the project I need the stuffing for. Not all of the stuffing, mind you. It lives in the beige knitting bag that lives in the green knitting bag but that’s only temporary.


Beginning of sock yarn blanket. That I haven’t worked on for about two months. After taking this picture I transferred these bits, the crochet hooks, and the pattern to the knitting basket shown above.


Never-ending turtleneck sweater of doom. I have been knitting this thing since 2009. I’ve even started writing a song about it. I once was almost at the same point as I’m now, only the thing was too big. Now, after more than 1 1/2 years I’m finally starting to knit a sleeve. I need to calculate the rate of decreases now so this will only take a few weeks or months at least. For some reason I never get around to things like that.

After taking this picture I thought I had found all the works in progress but then I remembered. And went back to the bedroom:


This innocent looking broom handle will eventually become a backstrap loom. I now have everything I need.


Another project, I call it “Let’s get Susanne back in shape.” These are my running shoes.


For recording. This is a podcast waiting to happen, also improvisations waiting to be captured.


Four novel manuscript waiting to be finished. Well, okay, three because I don’t like the first one, and will never do anything with it.


Novel waiting to be edited.

You still with me? No wonder I feel a bit overwhelmed. I think I shouldn’t really start anything new soon. What do you think?


  4 Responses to “WIPs around the house”

  1. Finally! Someone who has more projects laying around the house than me! I still have projects at places I no longer live. My mending pile is so old, my kids have outgrown what I wanted to fix for them in the first place. Every winter, my daughter asks when am I going to finish her scarf that I started making for her two years ago. She even asked me, “Why do you buy stuff if you never use it?” Nice to know I’m not alone.

  2. Oh Gott. 😀 Und ich dachte, ich wär verrückt, dauernd neue Sachen anzufangen und die alten nicht zu Ende zu bringen… jetzt bin ich beruhigt. Sehr. Ihr solltet einen meme da draus machen, ich wette, bei andren siehts nicht anders aus!
    Und ich will den Song zum SWEATER OF DOOM hören. Bittebitte?

  3. Ich habe meinen Nähtisch gerade “aufgeräumt”, also man kann jetzt was von der Platte sehen, aber nur, weil wir Besuch bekamen, der ins Arbeitszimmer musste. Habe dann auch gleich eine von den kleinen, von meiner mutter in Auftrag gegebenen Tischdecken fertig genäht. Jetzt nur noch 1 kleine und eine große 🙂

    Ich treff’ mich in unregelmäßigen (weil wir beide kleine Kids haben, die ja gerne mal krank werden 🙂 ) Abständen mit einer Freundin zum Ufo-Nähen bzw. Flickwäsche machen. Das hat sich gut bewährt, ich habe nur noch ganz wenig Flickdinge liegen (aber auch, weil ich Heiko letztens mit der Jeans zur Änderungsschneiderei geschickt habe 🙂 )

    Sheldon ist cool. ich sollte auch mal was zum Füllen stricken, habe hier ja noch ein Moorschnuckenvlies, das ich nie nicht verspinnen werde….

  4. what a wonderfully inspiring post! and i love all the colored wool. so soft and such rich colors*

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