The weird thing is, yesterday was the day I would have gone back to work, as I have for the past 10 years or so, to get ready for the new school year. But instead, I'm home, knitting. Wow. Just. Wow. Hopefully we won't starve or anything because I'm really liking this. Emma says we're a "normal family" now because I've been cooking dinner.
Anyway, as far as not starving is concerned, I got 3 more design gigs in the past few days-- 2 for books and 1 for a yarn company-- 5 projects in all, plus some more that's hazily in the future (still being discussed). I've been furiously knitting a top for a book in Berroco Comfort, which is quite possibly the nicest acrylic ever invented. Coming from a big acrylic-hater, this means something! It's spun like Karabella Aurora 8, so all the little plies does make it a little splitty if you're not careful, but the effect is worth it.
To stay on top of things, I'm putting a temporary moratorium on personal knitting (hey, I let myself finish my Monkey socks!) until I finish 2 more design projects, which should be in a week or so. Then I can have 1 glorious day of knitting for me, I think, before it's on to the next project on the "to do" yarn shelf (that's helping too- just having a spot where all the design project yarn is rather than hunting around for which bin I stuck it in!)
I also made a big list and taped it to the yarn closet door with design due dates and upcoming submission deadlines. When I was working full-time I usually had only 1 design to keep track of at a time (and only submitted things once in a while), but since all summer I've had 6-10 to keep track of at a given time, I had to get organized somehow!