In despair that I could ever get my desk under control, I passed some proofreading off to Linda yesterday. I think I gave her two major projects and a couple of easier ones. Wow. It allowed me to focus on other things for the entire afternoon. Wendy’s Tasks pile just grew–a lot! and I was able to get a lot of stuff moved off my desk.
Having Linda do proofreading made sense on so many levels! She is careful and detail oriented, is a great knitter, and is able to follow directions. It also meant that I could do things that require my skills–that I can’t pass along to someone else. So win-win! Sadly, it has taken me a long time to realize that I had this option.
Years ago, at an early Stitches Camp I believe, I had the opportunity to talk with Deborah Newton. She gave me very sage advice about the people one works with. She said that you can teach people most things, but you can’t make them people you want to work with, so it is almost more important to hire people you want to work with than to focus on an absolute skill set. This has worked pretty well for me, and I’ve certainly gotten better at it as the years have unfolded.
One of the two major projects that I passed to Linda was a pattern that I started in–let me check–yes, September 2009. I’m not sure why I am so attracted to large lace repeats, but let me tell you, getting them to work in a garment, in five sizes, can bring someone to their knees! So Savannah is almost ready for her debut. Final edits from the Tech Editor have been incorporated, but there’s one little piece that had a change of numbers, so a couple of pages will have to go back. And I have to sew the pieces of a second sample together and sew on buttons. But close enough I can almost taste it. Sadly, not until next week because I will be gone this weekend.
There is another project that is in pretty much the same situation. I started that one about 3 years ago. It is the most lovely sweater, but again, a huge lace repeat made finding a way to do five sizes difficult. I put it aside more than once, but every time I would see the sample I would be reminded how great the sweater is, and I would spend some more time with it. Slowly, I have found solution to each of the problems. I have one more little puzzle piece to put into place, and that one will be ready to go! St Petersburg. Look for it, it is lovely!
Finding the right person for the job led me to purchase this dress form recently. I have a series of girl’s pieces coming out, and it is too difficult to get a model to hold still for detail photos. I think this is the right “person” for the job!