Motivation, Inspiration, and a bunch of Questions

my new kicks

Ugh. I am really lacking motivation these days. I don't think I've fully recovered from December yet.

Anyway, I'm lacking motivation, but certainly not inspiration. I have tons of ideas for kid clothes sewing (mostly from this book), and my new kicks (above) are just begging for some new skirts to go with them. (The shoes are Karina by Miz Mooz, found here, and are quite comfy!) And there is so much bloggy inspiration going on out there. New projects to be seen in all corners of blogland. Wow! And that's just a sampling -- you know what you're up to! (I am blown away that so many of you have so much energy to pour into new projects already, while I am still processing the holiday.)

And, I finally got around to ordering yarn to make the Tilted Duster from Interweave Knits Fall 2007 for myself. (The magazine is completely sold out, but I bought this pattern online.) Except, now I'm kind of worrying about this project for two reasons. Your insights would be much appreciated!

1. I only wear skirts. I am wondering if this style of sweater will even go with a skirt.

2. I am, ahem, really busty. My bust measurement is the same as the finished measurement for the largest size of the sweater. So, by the time you add some ease, I'm obviously going to need to alter the pattern. Any suggestions? I'm really not so great at that.

Next, while I'm soliciting advice from you, I have a big birthday coming up at the end of February. My mom wants to take me to New York for a long weekend (actually in April due to her work schedule and my children's birthdays in March and April). Sounds great, right? Well, yes, except for the teensy little detail that I am terrified of flying. Absolutely terrified. And I haven't flown since 1999. I always think the plane is going to crash. And then, you know, 9/11 hasn't helped my fears at all. I'll be honest that one of the things I'm most worried about now is what would happen to my children if something happened to me. I mean, my husband is a great dad. But all alone? How would he handle it? Anyway, not to get too dark on you. Any suggestions for getting past this phobia (because I really do want to go) would be awesome.

And really, suggestions on the sweater ... please!