Saturday, June 24, 2006

Do you ever feel

as though your life is spinning out of control?

Why is it sod's law that after a couple of months of work being really quiet, things should suddenly go mental at exactly the point at which you take time off?

With having had a fair bit of time off over the last few weeks to show the goats, each time I've returned to the office the mountain of work awaiting my return has steadily increased to the point where I haven't known what to attack first, as everything seems to need to be done urgently. I hate that. I love my job, but can't stand it when I feel as though every waking minute needs to be devoted to it.

Thankfully, by the end of yesterday I was finally starting to feel as though I was getting somewhere. Hopefully I'll be able to clear the decks next week before I take another week off to attend the Royal Show (our last show of the season).

We did very well at the Breed Society show at Three Counties. This was the major gathering of all the top breeders, which meant stiff competition and classes which took ages to be judged due to the huge number of goats entered. We came away with three thirds and a fourth - very good results for us as we are still very "minor league" and most of the classes had 25 - 30 entries. Smiley continues to attract a lot of interest from other breeders - so much so we were amazed to find that the jungle drums had been at work and people were virtually queueing up to get a look at him as we unloaded him from the trailer! He came third in his class - for the first time his size (slightly small for his age) let him down, the judge preferring size over beauty ;). We had more offers from breeders wanting to buy him, but he's staying here.

I'm still knitting socks. Three pairs completed so far, and a fourth about to be cast on. I made the mistake of deciding to knit a pair in worsted yarn during the heatwave - who would have thought knitting something so small could still be so hot?

Slip stitch rib knit on 3.5mm Addis (two circs method). worsted merino in Applewood. These took about 75g.

Is it hugely decadent to knit socks with this yarn? Maybe. They are sooo soft, but I think durability factor will be nil, so these will probably end up being "bum around the house" socks.

As the work mountain reduces to a small hillock I'm gradually getting round to catching up on all the blogs I read, so if I haven't commented on yours for a while, apologies. At some point I also need to try and catch up with the Knittyboard ABC along. We seem to now be at "L", and I don't think I've posted anything since "J". Maybe tomorrow...


Blogger Highland Annie said...

Well done on the shows ! you've all done very very well.

As for life... day at a time. does it perfect. remember & always leave time for you, the rest can wait till tomorrow.



11:46 pm  
Blogger PURLPOWER said...

Congrats on your show successes!

10:39 am  
Anonymous rose said...

Congrats for Smiley :)

Work is work, and it's supposed to be a little crazy. Just work till quitting time and then go home and knit.

The socks look great :)

10:50 pm  
Blogger mf said...

sounds like you need a well deserved break and some time for yourself! Those shows sure keep you busy and you do so well you should be very proud!
Cute socks too!

4:39 am  
Blogger Bezzie said...

I hate that feeling of being overwhelmed and like you're just treading water--working your butt off but getting nothing done. Glad to hear you're getting ahead!

1:49 pm  
Anonymous jess said...

So glad to hear that Smiley is quite a star...

So, we have both been in that same busy boat! Still, look at the progres on socks! Those soft ones for indoor cosiness look lovely.

2:50 pm  

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