Monday, March 31, 2008

Ding Dong and Amen!

Ding Dong! New yarn is here, but it isn't making me cry because I get to keep some of it. Some of the highly coveted Flat Feet from Conjoined Creations . I had scored one of these cool beans sock yarns at TNNA in January, but had given it as a gift to someone who I knew would get to using it much faster than I would. She did, and she loved it, but I was wanting some for myself, and now here it is! Yum...

I have decided that the opposite of Ding Dong - AAAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH! which is what happens when new yarn comes in that has to be made up into a model in 14 seconds flat, is Amen! As in Amen, I shipped that crocheted tank top off to Plymouth Yarns (thank God for Fedex, even though it eats into the profits!), and Amen, those two felted bags made it out to Brown Sheep in the nick of time! Two almost finished projects here still need to go out - one felted bag and one long sleeved sweater, then I can get on top of the new projects I just agreed to do - a knitted shawl for Creative Knitting Magazine, and a knitted cardigan for Caron Yarns. All is well in throw-model-land as long as I don't look at the calendar too closely - two of the crocheters have already started, and the yarn for all but one throw is ordered and on its way. That will SERIOUSLY be Ding Dong followed by tears - I have something like 130 skeins of yarn on their way here in the next week, from five different manufacturers.

Is anyone coming to the Knit and Crochet Show in New Hampshire in July? It is also the regional meeting for TKGA, and the national meeting for CGOA - the Kid just likes to go because she gets to be in the fashion show on Saturday night. Anyway the highlight of that weekend for me has always been Professional Development Day - an all day affair in which designers, teachers, magazine and book editors, and yarn company reps talk about how to make a living in the yarn industry. Click here to check out the class listing for the day. And maybe pay special attention to the number 8 round table discussion... Speaking of which, that's another thing to add to my to-do list - I need to write my hand out so it can be printed. Last year I think we had something like 125 attendees for that day and it was a lot of fun (and plenty productive). If you are coming, please give a thought to attending my group, so I won't have crowd envy when Lily Chin starts talking to her devoted followers :-)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I am behind on my holidays...

I am pretty much behind on everything, but let's ignore that for the moment, shall we? Kiddo's dad had some major surgery of the knee persuasion yesterday and I am buried in trying to take care of him and do everything else on my to-do list at the same time. But this too shall pass, just like the many holidays that seem to have just blown by.

First we have National Pi Day - the Kid got extra credit in math for making a Pi Day T-shirt so we made a trip to AC Moore and went to town. Here's the front...The back had the first 1000 number of Pi and more rhinestones than one would think was possible. I am not sure how she stood up under the weight, but I guess her step dancing dress was good practice.

Speaking of step dancing, the Kid did 7, count them, 7 separate dance demonstrations at her school on the big day. Twice in the gym for phys ed class, 5 times in social studies, where her Irish surnamed teacher made a St. Patrick's day cafe as part of the economics unit. Most of the kids in the class made food and beverages to be sold to the other classes, guess who was the entertainment for the day?

Here she is warming up. Let's just say that 5 reels and 5 hornpipes on linoleum over cement flooring take a lot out of a girl. The gym routines were much more fun because she had room to spread out and a nice wooden floor. I did have to remind her that there were not judges so she didn't have to pay to the front :-)

Just ordered another hundred skeins of yarn for the booklet that has no title. Gonna be fun times here next week when I try to pile the yarn around the hospital equipment for the Dad's rehab.... I need another house just for my yarn. If only my potting shed had electricity...

Delivered the lacy crocheted top in the deep burgundy alpaca - amen and good riddance. The photo shoot is tomorrow (not that I was cutting it close or anything) so it may be available to the public sooner rather than later. I have to finish two felted bags and ship them out tomorrow, edit and annotate a few thousand magazine words, and knit a good chunk of a sweater. Speaking of which - let me go cast on the sleeves...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

In Marc, no one is busier...

than an Irish step dancer! Crazy busy here with competitions and performances for the Kid - things should settle down for her after March 17th. And for me too - she may do the dancing but until she can drive herself to events and style her own hair, I work hard too!

Here is Cinderella trying to help out with our busy schedules by working with the Kid on her math homework. Sadly, the fractions puzzle her as much as they do me... she keeps trying to figure it out, though.

Of course since I am completely buried in work deadlines, I decided to cast on a new knitting project. This is the Serenity Blanket - here is the pattern if you are a Ravelry member, not sure how to get you there if you are not. The designer is La of JenLa fame - maybe she can help any non-Ravelers locate the pattern if they so desire.

Love love love love love this pattern - so much fun watching it grow, although knowing me it will be less amusing as each row is hundreds of stitches rather than dozens. Yarn is Lion Brand Cotton Ease in the almond colorway, which is actually more of a pale yellow. This one is destined for a gift, although now that the Kid has seen the pattern she wants one too.

Did I tell you guys I sold another book to Andrews McMeel? Due out in June of 2009, this one is called Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot. More musings, less alphabetizing than SLoK.

And coming out about the same time will be a fabulous new booklet from Leisure Arts, that I can't tell you a damn thing about lest it's fabulousness be bogarted by someone else with a shorter production lead time :-) It's crochet - does that help? It doesn't have a title yet, although I probably wouldn't tell you even if I knew what it was. I am having a wonderful time ordering a zillion skeins of yarn - again, I suspect it will be less fun when the yarn has to turn into projects, although I have three trusty test crocheters standing by. I hope they are all still speaking to me by July first when the models are due.

Okay back to work - really - SOMETHING has to get finished today, and I don't much care what. I just want my to-do list to be shorter.

PS and a slight begging note: If you liked SLoK and didn't review it on, could you please? Even if it's just a line or two - I have review number envy in the worst way, and I just read a book that alleges that if I have a minimum of six reviews (I only have 4!) it will help with numbers and page layout. Pretty please with alpaca on top? I will stop whining now, I promise!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Deadline extensions mean....

Look! It's the spinning wheel! With actual spinning happening! Which means guess what I am doing instead of catching up on the deadline that just got extended?!?!

Sigh - it made me so happy to get the wheel out of exile. Big sigh of joy....

Okay - now that I took this break I really have to get back to work so that when the extended deadline comes up I am not in the sorry-ass shape I was in when it rolled around this time.

So this week I have to:
Finish two articles, one on cars, one on gardening
Finish grading the pattern for the nameless red sweater.
Finish making the models for a crocheted tank top and a knitted raglan sleeve sweater. And then grade those patterns. And then ship the models.
Finish sketching 5 of the 8 patterns for a new booklet I am designing, then order the yarn for all of them.

Then get back to the log home book which is the deadline that haunts me.

Irish dance season started with a bang yesterday - the Kid didn't manage to win a trophy but she is up a level now (preliminary champion for those of you keeping score at home!) and had a very respectable finish. She looked beautiful and strong and confident, and she didn't freak out from nerves, so it was all good as far as I was concerned. She, of course, was somewhat miffed about the lack of hardware. Next weekend we get to go do it again, after an evening performance at a local country club. No one is busier than a cute little Irish dancer in the run up to March 17th! Unless it's her mother who has to do her hair and drive.