Thursday, May 31, 2007

Baby Jacket Bingo

A WIP that isn't IP any more, yet for some reason I can't find the right photo! In a new yarn by Caron that I love - two plies of soft acrylic and one of a thready/cottony/lumpy but in a good way colorful stuff.

Anyway, I wanted to say adieu before I leave for TNNA - Book signings are Saturday and Sunday from 11 - 1, please stop by and see me if you are there, and wish me luck if you aren't!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

ARRRRGGGHHHH! Tagged for a meme!

That rotten Drew tagged me for a meme. He has relieved me of my meme virginity; in public no less! The Shock!! The Horror!!! The Exclamation Points!!!!!

Herewith: Seven Random Things

The Rules: Each person tagged gives seven random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs seven facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog.


One: I was very much into singing and acting in high school and the early college years - I wanted to be a musical theater star. I got over that one pretty quickly after moving to NYC though, and worked on Broadway, films and television programs as a costumer for many years instead.

Two: This didn't mean I stopped singing - one of the coolest things about my wardrobe days was the fact that since I could sing harmonies, sight read sheet music, and had no desire for center mic, I got asked to sing in a lot of charity programs for/with Broadway folks. I will never forget singing a solo at a charity concert on the stage of the St. James Theater, looking down at the front row, and seeing Tommy Tune looking back at me. All of the fun of a broadway career with none of the stress :-) I also backed up Mary Bond Davis, Ann Duquesnay, and sang at some big deal awards ceremony when Glenn Close got a lifetime achievement award.

Three: Then I was an antiques dealer - primarily textiles and decorative arts. My favorite part of that was displaying at the Brimfield (MA) antiques market a few times a year. Sort of a 24 hour a day seven days in a row swap meet. Aside from the questionable hygeine arrangements (I didn't mind sleeping in the back of my car for a week, but sharing a shower with 200 mostly male strangers was a little odd), it was a whole lot of fun.

Four: I cannot dance, and wish I could.

Five: Bill Cosby once announced to a live audience that I was a screw-up. I was working for him at the time, and I had not in fact delayed the shoot, but he thought it would be fun to blame me since he knew I had dear friends in the audience. He made it up to me by being really nice to my friends after the taping - they still talk about how wonderful he was. I liked working for Dr. C a whole heck of a lot. And I don't care what they say about him in the tabloids - he is the real deal.

Six: I co-hosted a cable television show in NYC for a whopping eight weeks. The network decided to get rid of live programming during a change in their business model and we got axed. The funny thing was, while the changeover was happening, they ran the episodes of our show over and over and over and over... you couldn't turn that damn channel on for about a month and not see my smiling face. My antique dealer friends who lived locally thought this was funny as hell, and would quote me to myself all the time. I am glad THAT's over. My former co-host works for CBS in NYC I am told, and I think he won an Emmy - but it certainly wasn't for Open Market!

Seven: When I was in the sixth grade, I wanted to be a writer. I went through many other careers in the years that followed, but guess what? I am a writer! Be careful what you wish for in the sixth grade...

I haven't decided who I will tag yet - I don't want anyone to hate me, so that let's a lot of people out. Maybe all of y'all who are reading this could just consider yourself tagged if you would be so kind...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I have always depended on the kindness of knitters...

Yea, yea, I know, no pix. But the Kid has snarfed the desktop and I don't have Photo Shop on the laptop, so you will just have to read today.

The book came on Monday - an actual copy, not a close, cyberspace approximation. I thought this was way cool. It is bitty - smaller than I expected - but it looks great. Anyway, I have been carrying it around with me for the last few days like it was a small pet. This works well because it is both smaller and much less fragrant than Cinderella Puppy or Cameron T. Bunny, and is unlikely to make a mess in my bag.

So today I took it on an outing to the local indie book store. I knew that one of the managers there is a knitter, so I thought I would show her my treasure, as all of my writer buddies have already said congratulations and I am still a little needy, congratulations-wise. But it was also a little nerve wracking - my writer buddies are not all knitters, and none of them have actually read it yet so they don't know for a fact that it doesn't suck. So I handed it to the nice lady (she is a sock knitter so she must be cool) and stood there not breathing while she paged through it.

And she laughed, and then she turned the page and laughed again, and then she asked me what my favorite entry was (for the record, it's S.E.X.), and then while she was reading that she had to pound the table a little and laugh some more.

And I am so relieved that someone who isn't a blood relative nor a colleague thought my humor book was funny! Amen!

We are going to have a way cool book signing/knitting/spinning/crocheting event there sometime this fall - I will keep you locals posted on the dates and times.

Knitters rock!

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Magic of Felting

I just love to felt - not sure why, but the presto-change-o part of it makes me grin like I have done something particularly clever. This is two strands of Felt It from Caron, knit together in stockinette stitch on sixe 15 needles. It was a swatch for a purse I was working on, but they have decided they don't need it right now, and as busy as I am with other things, I bowed out of this exact project gracefully and with thanks! Three more things to go for them - a baby sweater, a dog sweater, and a throw. Thankfully the last two aren't due until after TNNA.
Speaking of TNNA - I seem to always be speaking about TNNA! - I will have free copies of my book The Secret Language of Knitters to give away to attendees. Catch me both Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Now that I type that I realize I am not sure what booth number, but it is a small one and I think near the front of the market.
RUmor has it the book will be in my hands today. I hope this rumor is true!

Monday, May 14, 2007

And a happy Mother's Day to you too!

My day included breakfast in bed made by the kid, who is clearly now the best cook in the house. Then she went off with some friends and I soaked in the bathtub, which is one of my favorite things to do. Then even though it was late, and even though gas is $3 a gallon, and even though it wasn't the smart thing to do, we threw caution to the wind and went to the beach

Along with half of NJ - BOY was it crowded!

When we came home I got this - a Mother's Day cake complete with flaming hair. I know a blogger who always threatens to set her hair on fire after receiving stupiditiy laden emails, but didn't know the Kid was a devotee...

Edited to add - yes the red candle looks like a cigarette, but the Kid assures me it was meant to be a tongue. Although why my tongue would be on fire I have no idea. But one shouldn't question art I suppose, even if it is covered in pink frosting!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pssst - wanna see something cool?

My book is showing up on!

Go check it out - I love the cover. It originally had a knot of yarns on it but my clever editor said "No - knitters hate knots!" for which I love her :-)

Coming soon to an event near you - me! Tour page to come as events get firmed up.

Thanks for coming along for the ride...

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

WIPping right along...

So I got the big green scarf finished and boxed up, and went on to the next thing on my list for Caron. This is Super Soft Chunky. Now picture it sideways, scrunch your eyes up and think what it might be. Why yes, you are right, it IS a two needle hat pattern! Aren't you clever?
I had a lovely if overly brief time at Maryland Sheep and Wool. I scored yet another needle case from Crippen Works (I am an addict), this one for circulars, two skeins of a chocolate brwon ribbon yarn from Tess' Designer Yarns that wants to be a shrug for me to wear to TNNA with my new favorite brown dress, and the Kid and I bought a triangle loom to share. She loves to weave and I hate to warp, so this seemed like the best compromise on the planet.
Thankfully I bought no more livestock - Cameron T. Bunny is enough for me to feed and water right now. And the day was lovely - the ribbon fries were greasy, the root beer was delish, and there were a trillion animals who did not mind being petted. A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

We're baaaaack!

The Kid and I have almost recovered from ten days of crazy. I did the ASJA conference for three days, then we both went on a book tour of Indiana for five days, then we flew home, grabbed the car and headed south for an overnight before a dance competition in Pennsylvania. At which she won two second place trophies despite being moved up a level and being more than a little sleep deprived. Not that I am bragging on her or anything.

Here is what I was knitting. This furry beast of a bobble scarf has grown to seven feet now and is warm and snuggly if I do say so myself. I am just about to put it in a box and send it off to Caron, who will take it to the CHA show in July. The color is Sour Apple, the yarn is Caron Bliss, and the real color is probably about halfway between the two shots! Note the knitting needle held in my teeth in the first photo. This must mean I am a serious designer. Try not to note the mess in the office behind me! Working on a cabled hat now, I thought it was a good idea to get the seven feet of warm finished before the temperature here got too much higher!

Thinking seriously about whether to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool on Sunday or not. The kid has another dance competition on Saturday ('tis the season), but we could continue south, stay at Middle Sister's house on Saturday night, then go down first thing Sunday morning. I had a great time there last year, although gas costing close to $3 gallon will seriously cut into my yarn budget.

Anyway that's all the news that's fit to print right now. I hope to have more goodies to show by the end of the week.