I'm sinking deeper by the second.
I'm wanting and needing new tools, including special oil invented in the second world war for cleaning guns (and wounds).
I'm looking at yarn spun on cones measured in the thousands of meters and classified in a whole new terminology.
I'm a member of a guild for goodness sake.
And I feel in turns excited and inspired and full of energy, and then frustrated and overwhelmed. And every time I think I've got it, things either go completely haywire or I find myself in front of yet another doorway and I realise all over again how much more there is to learn. There is the ever present danger of burn out.
It is destined for a fundraiser at Amy's school and I really hope it captures someone's heart (and wallet!) and makes them happy.
I could go crazy on silk after this outing, pumping out miles of slippery smooth, machine loving lace fabric. This one is dyed by Knitabulous and I will be keeping an eagle eye on her shop for more.
But in the spirit of the rabbit warren that is this new terrain, the arch angel that is Christine threw me a curve ball while pulling the Singer apart on Friday and cleaning all the needles by showing me that you can also weave into the knitting.
I only did a tiny sample before my head started swimming, not just with weaving possibilities but with that thing that happens when you are on the initial steep ascent of the learning curve - how much more is there out there I don't know about?!
On the non machine knitting front (as small and insignificant as it may seem) life has been hurtling along. There's some major outside infrastructure works going on out back destined to provide the bloke a good place to do the dirty outside work his study can't house. It is needed and good and useful but I'm also feeling a little sad to see yet another chunk of the garden given over to man made structures and realise that in the last few years we have effectively halved our backyard area to make way for the monster bedroom and outdoor work area. And most tragically I can't seem to find a place for raspberries any more which is very sad indeed.
I'm planning a fairly substantial workroom makeover too, designed to address a whole stack of problems I've been working around for way too long. I'm not very good at the interior decor thing and the big picture solutions but I've determined it is worthy of attention since I spend a lot of time in here and productivity is key. I really need to get over the make do and incremental improvements and learn to recognise that sometimes I need to think bigger.