Friday, August 20, 2010

THE Plan

Last month's back injury was a wakeup call for me. I simply can't do this kind of physical work forever and a desk job sitting on my dupa is out, too. After all, that's where my sciatic nerve lives. What will I do when I can no longer do this? We all know that idle hands and minds are the kiss of death.

The thing is, I know what I love to do, so I believe that should be THE Plan. I'll knit. Not only that, maybe I could teach knitting for seed money.

To that end, I joined The Guild today. I'd join the local one, but their meetings are always when I'm working, so I joined the national guild. My plan is to continue working for awhile and at my leisure, I'll work to accomplish the three levels of becoming a Master Knitter through TKGA. When I achieve that, I'll get certification to teach knitting, although I'm pretty certain I don't need to go to that end, but it won't hurt, will it? In October, I'll enroll in level I of the Masters Program and begin this journey. This should give me time to clear my knitting decks. If you ask me, it beats a Master's in Nursing in terms of the kind of work required of me.

My husband has a two year plan to my early retirement, but I think 4 is more feasible. I'd like to spend the last 2 years squirreling money away, so to speak, as I do have a very high fiber diet that isn't exactly cheap.

Light. I see light at the end of the tunnel--and no--not that tunnel and definitely not that light.

Did you know that to achieve Level II, I'll have to knit an argyle sock?

Just shoot me now. I've obviously hatched another hair-brained scheme.


20 comments:

SkippyMom said...

I have never heard of a better plan for a better more well suited person than you - The plain fact is you will never make enough money than if you do what you love - you love knitting and you don't so love nursing.

DO IT RUDEE. DO IT! This is awesome. And once you are in - you will be so IN the "retirement" will happen faster than you think.

I am so happy for you. This is the best thing I have heard in a long time and perfect for you.

Now where do I sign up to learn from you? ;)

Miss 376 said...

Sending you my good wishes along the way, sounds like the perfect plan to me. Enjoy the journey

Stephanie V said...

Wonderful! This is surely 'following your bliss'! And you have such a supportive hisband. You've got this thing for sure.
I can hardly wait to hear about all the things you're going to learn.

Jadekitty said...

After those beautiful mitts you knitted an Argyle sock will be a breeze for you :)

Rose said...

WHAT a fabulous plan!! I think it's a great idea. And I don't think argyle socks will be much of a hurdle for you. Glad you and your husband are on the same page too, that makes it even better. You better keep blogging while you go through this process; we all want to be a part of it, if only vicariously!
word verification: untings (almost untinks!)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sounds like a plan to me honey! go for it!

smiles, bee
xxoxoxoxoxoox

ztoamom said...

Here is what I say to myself when I am facing a new and difficult something: Well, somebody has done this Argyle sock, and I am somebody, too, so I can do that Argyle sock, too. It sounds silly and looks even sillier in print, but I tell you, it has worked for me on many an impossible-looking task. I made a full floor-length Indian War Bonnet two years ago that was pretty darn amazing. I mean, that is proof right there, eh?

A plan for freedom is a wonderful motivator. I am thrilled for you. THRILLED!!!

... and the word verification is "extrayi" which is what I say for you out loud to the computer screen this morning - "Extra Yi for you and your wonderful husband, Rudee!!YI YI YI YI YI!!"

Amy said...

Seriously? If I lived near you? I'd sign up for your classes in a heartbeat. I bet you'd be a great teacher. Not to mention fun to talk to.

Devon said...

What a wonderful plan! It is so hard to find instructors with your expertise... Only wished I lived one or 5 states closer!

Good luck!

sapphireblue said...

It's definitely a goal to work towards! Goodluck!

Ruth said...

A great plan.
Go for it.

Ruth said...

Sounds good to me. I retired 3 1/2 years ago, and 8 months later, I started a yarn dyeing business on Etsy. Best thing I ever did.
Retirement has lots of quiet time, and having a plan of what to do is very good, plus it keeps the mind working.
Go for it! The worst that can happen is that you improve your knitting skills!

Gail said...

Sounds like a wonderful plan to me...doing something you love.

Jadekitty said...

When you start teaching and I am ever in your neck of the woods visiting fam, I will stop in for a class!

laurie said...

i've seen your work. an argyle sock is nothing to you. and i think it's an *excellent* plan. try living on your husband's income for a year, and sock (hahahah) away yours. that'd be a good gauge of when you can retire.

and good for you!!! seizing the moment. excellent plan. excellent.

Jane@WildeThymeKnits said...

Sounds like the PERFECT plan! ;-)

NCmountainwoman said...

Sounds like a good plan to me.

Brenda said...

This sounds like a win win plan to me Rudee. Your back and your safety. And doing something you love. Best of luck to you.

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Hello dear Rudee. I had to change my blog address and have missed you, having to try to remember the actual address to get the right blog. I am so proud to read of your plan. God I remember when I can to the conclusion I could not longer do the physical work of a nurse. Started for a higher nursing degree and realized that was not what I really wanted. All the best to you. Would you come by and re-follow. I sure don't want to lose contact with you.
QMM

peggyln said...

I'd love to have you teach me to knit better. I remember my grandmother knitting argyle socks. I have one sock pattern I can do. Take care of yourself.