21 April 2014

monday's musing

“You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.” - unknown

This is something for me to work on every day. I consistently ruin my day by worrying about the future.

Which brings me to this year in general.

Those of you who've ever worked on a truly large project will know what I mean when I say it eats you alive for a year (or more) and then spits you out, hopefully none the worse for wear. But it's tough on the way through.

That's what writing a book is like. And my upcoming book for Interweave is something I want to be very proud of, so I am putting everything into it.

That means I might not get back to you quite as quickly as I might otherwise. Even though I was working on them before I signed the contract with Interweave, other patterns might be a little late - like 7 Small Shawls Y4 and Oddments installments. I might miss a few deadlines...because I cannot miss my book deadline and because I will do the best possible job I can on everything. I am not a halfway person.

I'm asking for your indulgence for now. I will do whatever is humanly possible to finish everything on time. But I don't think it's quite going to happen this year, so...fair warning y'all. I hadn't really been planning to do a book, but we all got talking and it was just too good to pass up. Even though there was no time at all to do it in, and all of my commitments were already fixed in place. Sometimes, there is no really good time to do something important, but you want to do it anyway. :)

I hope you'll love it.



Blogger Peter Frost said...

Stop worrying!! We are always here. No matter what and when. Rominettes forever or all for one and one for all!!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

Can't wait to see you book. When's the release date?

7:13 PM  
Blogger daffynpooh said...

No worries! Take your time and try to enjoy the process <3

7:58 PM  
Blogger PELICAN said...

That's so funny Romi. I almost had a heart attack last year when you released like 8 patterns in a week (the Year 3 Small Shawls). If you go a little slower it will give me a chance to enjoy some of the patterns I already have. :)
Most important Romi, many years ago I met a very famous designer from Scotland who told me that she no longer knit for enjoyment ~ that the pressure of book deadlines had taken all the joy away. We would never want that to happen to you Romi.
ENJOY this year with your exciting book project. We want you to wake up happy & smiling every morning ~ & None of us are going to run out of Romi patterns to knit while we wait to share your joy when we get to see your book!!! ~Pelican (Marilyn)

8:23 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

What Pelican said... well ditto to what everybody said
We're behind you.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Umoza Mzizi said...

Take your time and enjoy the experience. We aren't going anywhere!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Terry B. said...

I have been where you are. It should have been joyous and I should have been proud of the result, but--not so much. What Peter Frost and everyone else said--set your own priorities--we are your friends, and we will still be here for you, whenever you come up for air. {{{hugs}}}

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My PhD novel/project is due in August, so I completely understand!


11:18 PM  
Anonymous ONEDAY Designs said...

There's never a right time to do anything, but sometimes we have to "seize the moment" or the chance will be gone in a flash. Living with regrets would be harder than living with deadlines, in the long term. Having to wait for yr 4 and oddments will give us something special to look forward to. Take care.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

I agree with all that has been said. There is a season, time, time, time.....so excited for you on the release of a book. Yes, stop worrying....it takes away from your now....your present. Joanie

5:10 AM  
Blogger Lindr said...

What a relief! More time to knit my current Romi patterns before more come to tempt me. Thanks for giving me a break! (and thanks for letting us know - I'm glad it's a good news delay rather than a bad news delay)

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Fiona said...

I love what you do and will be here, whatever the timeframe.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Esther said...

Dont forget to take time for you and your family. Everything else can wait, no matter how urgent it is.
I think the biggest lie in live is: ….... later is more time.
And don´t you worry about people waiting for something. Its a good exercise for all of us.

11:28 AM  
Blogger heydebbi said...

Whew, now we all have a chance to catch up on many of the patterns we want to knit and finish up the wips too.

Thank you and enjoy your time writing

2:18 PM  
Blogger KnitCave said...

Enjoy your book project and your other projects. I'm looking forward to seeing your book and if you are late on other offerings I don't mind. It'll give me more time to work on your patterns that I already own.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Julie/jfond said...

You are not alone in needing to work on that. I do too!

We will love the book! Don't you doubt that for a second. It will be wonderful.

Enjoy your creative time. We want you to enjoy your creative process and feel satisfied. We will all still be here when you are ready. In the meantime we all have many, many lovely designs to knit up!


2:58 PM  
Anonymous Janice said...

Please don't worry. Your patterns are always worth waiting for. Like everyone else, I am looking forward to your book. Take a deep breath, take care of yourself. We are here for you.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Linz said...

Breathe, and enjoy the process.

We'll be here :)

12:01 PM  
Anonymous babsknits17 said...

Absolutely take the time to work on the book. As others have said, we have lots of Romi shawls to knit while we wait! Looking forward to seeing the gorgeous patterns you have in store for us.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Renee said...

I love all your patterns, but I confess that I am a little disappointed in the 7 Small Shawls delays - only 2 patterns 9 months into the year, and I had to hunt on Ravelry to find out what's happening. Surely you can send out a notice to your customers who purchased it. It would be good to not use up good will.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Wollmaus Claudia said...

I am late to comment, but I want to: take your chance, I am looking forward to your book-project. I am always pleased when I see a beautiful picture or a pattern from a designer I know and love from Ravelry in the magazines
The oddments knit down can wait :)

Bye and best wishes from Germany

2:34 AM  
Blogger Laura Jean said...

Yay! A new book!

11:22 AM  

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