For the past few days, I’ve been juggling a couple of very important spreadsheets.
First, Sock Summit registration is this Wednesday, May 4, at noon Pacific (which I think is 3 pm Eastern – someone PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong!). The registration two years ago was very stressful but I ended up with some good classes, anyway. This year, Steph and Tina promise that the servers won’t crash – and there are twice as many classes – so I’m cautiously optimistic. But part of my cautious optimism involves ridiculously thorough planning.
Clearly I’m not the only knitter out there like this, because Cailyn at The Daily Skein prepared a fabulous downloadable spreadsheet that helped me get organized. Thanks, Cailyn! Here was my process:
- Read all class descriptions and mark the ones in which I was VERY interested and SOMEWHAT interested.
- Delete from spreadsheet all the classes in which I had no interest. Mark the “very interesteds” in bold and the “somewhats” in italics.
- Organize each section by interest category, then prioritize classes within each category.
- Trade my reference desk shift (3-5 on Wednesday) so I can be at my desk at 3:00.
- Hold breath.
I will keep you posted.
My next spate of planning has to do with the venerable Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which is this weekend! I have another spreadsheet for that, with booths marked that I must (re)visit and some information about project requirements. I’ll be shopping for yarn for the Pamuya shawl for my mom (she requested sage green with hints of lavender and/or blue – I think I’ll check the Brooks Farm booth first), the Kalajoki socks for me (they require solid or semi-solid sportweight yarn, which I don’t have in stash), and maybe a couple of other things. I have a few coupons printed and info about the Juniper Moon Farm lunchtime meetup. I have my Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, which is, well, HANDY to have at a festival. I have plans to leave town at 7:30 am on Saturday with Kris and Jess. And I have plans to eat a lot of kettle corn.
If just reading all of this planning detail is stressing you out, I do apologize. My inner librarian really comes out in situations like these. When faced with massive amounts of data and uncertainty, I ORGANIZE! It is both a personal and a professional trait. :)
There has been some knitting. I finished my Sugared Violets shawl yesterday and even blocked it before going to bed…but I haven’t photographed it yet. Soon…