Friday, August 31, 2007
I'm going to a birthday thing later, in the meantime I've got a submission to finish, some patterns to edit, and a house to clean up.
Emma's totally excited about the first day of school, in fact she just went to practice walking to the bus stop and back (it isn't the first time, either-- she's taking the whole thing VERY seriously.)
Edited to add: I'm still in shock over the transformation of the hemp after washing (from twine to nice old linen-y feeling). I'd never used it before, but I think I will again- I'd even wear it!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Anyway, I've been working on some (secret, sorry) projects for an upcoming book by Shannon Okey, which is called How to Knit in the Woods. For an extra touch of authenticity, I actually knit them in the woods (the interesting smear is one of the projects, not going to give anything away!)
Anyway, we had a good time, ate tons of really good lobster bisque and messed around in town a lot. Sunday was super gorgeous, which was a nice break from the rain and heat! Now that we're back I'm trying to finish up the last bits of these projects (I also shipped out another one just before we left) and then get on to the last few on my list. Lucky for me Emma goes back to school soon so I can get more done during the day.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
At last. Finally. I decided to take some time to finish them-- officially, that was yesterday at the park while Emma played. Yarn is Yarn Pirate (Dogwood) and I think they turned out just fine. Once I finish a few other things I just might make another pair.
Friday, August 17, 2007
My sock pal returned from her trip and got her socks, they fit and everything. She's Meghann of Radiant Twist!
I just might have a date tonight with Hubbo, which would be nice! In the meantime, I'm hashing out the math on a couple of designs I'm doing for upcoming books so I can knit them. I'm not one of those "let's just dive in and figure it out as we go" kind of people-- I like to have all the numbers figured out before I cast on. Maybe that sucks some of the spontaneity and fun out of it, maybe it just makes it so I'm (at least usually) happy with the result without a lot of ripping back and reknitting. Either way.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
1. Swatching and sketching for several upcoming deadlines. I have a pile of scribbly notes and messy sketches in my little notebook to translate and match with appropriate yarns. Then lots of breathless waiting, right?
2. Put on the tech editor hat and work on a few patterns for my lovely clients.
3. Laundry (down to emergency levels of clean clothes).
4. Tutor (I'm doing a bit of tutoring now, did you know?)
5. There must be something else, it will come to me.
Totally off-topic, Rosalie has decided it's fun to drag Emma's stuffed animals around the house at night. This morning there was a penguin in the hallway (normally he goes for her stuffed rat, but apparently she took that one to bed last night). He's a little odd, I think.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Believe it or not, I've already knit through 20 balls that were once on the shelf in the last month or so-- not too bad.
Rosalie decided to spend a good chunk of the afternoon rolling around on me, as you can see (Pinecone was sleeping elsewhere):
They come from Paige at Modern Yarn. They fit nicely and I LOVE the colors. Thanks Paige!!