I'm such a silly chook. All those lessons on destressing and zen and calmness I learnt in the last four months totally unlearned over a weekend. Stressing over crafting? Heavens! And of course I can (and do) crochet on the bus (however Sunnyboys are hard to make on the bus - the lack of power for a sewing machine, you see).
Today I left work at 4.40 pm and walked in the front door at home at 5.30, calm and with a clear mind. In that time I managed 9 rows of sock, and when I arrived home I realised I was all done with these socks bar the ribbing. So an hour later ...
Pattern: Pebbled Sand by Janet Rehfeldt from Crocheted Socks
Yarn: Wollmeise 100% wool in Sonne
Hook: The usual - 4 mm bamboo.
Notes: Oh Janet. I just don't think you can write a good pattern! Four socks I've now made with this pattern, and each time I end up with extra stitches to pick up on one side of the short row heel. I cope and fudge, but this pattern should be so much better. But having now worked out all the quirks in this pattern, I'd make this one again fer shiz.
Time: Started September 22, finished October 8. Not bad. I'm on target for 5 pairs by the end of SSoS, so here's hoping.
P.S. Shop news - given the Ausssie dollar went completely bonkers overnight, I figured it was obscene to charge you guys $17.50 USD for a sunnyboy and make a huge profit in the conversion back to AUD, even with the exorbitant paypal fees I suffer. So I've dropped the sunnyboys (only) to $16 USD for the time being. I figured it's the fairest thing to do. I haven't dropped prices on the other things because the profit I make on them is measly, so consider those to have had a quasi-price rise (if you pay in AUD, that is). I may come unstuck when it comes to buying new fabrics from fellow Aussies on Etsy who haven't dropped their prices yet, but I'll tackle that issue when I come to it. At the moment I still have a little fabric in stock to use for the bags.
And I'm really sorry (because I've had people complain to me before about it), but Etsy charges in USD only. As an Australian I have no say in the matter. I would love to charge in Aussie dollars. I like Etsy - the fees are fair, the community is strong and their feedback facility is a must-have in my opinion, and I'm just not interested in moving my stuff over to madeit.com.au. It's extra work for me, but I'm happy to just keep adjusting the prices until our dollar decides what it really wants to do.
(If I continue feeling this calm and zen-like, I might be able to rustle up a mini-update on the weekend.)