Monday, September 29, 2008

New York Mets Stitch n Pitch, 2008

Warning, photo heavy post here, but there was too much fun to pass up! I don't know who exactly these two lovely crocheters are, but they were all ready for SnP with their color coordinated Mets crochet gear. How cool is that?

This is the committee on the field pre-game, getting our Spirit awards from the Mets. You may not be able to tell from the photo, but thanks to Lily Chin, Mr Mets is wearing both a knitted and a crocheted baseball scarf. He was very into it!
That's Kim Small from Workman, Stacy Charles, Tanis Grey from SoHo Publishing, Heather Carlson, Andrea from Seaport Yarns in NYC, yours truly in my Getting Loopy t-shirt, Jack Blumenthal from Lion Brand, and of course the shy and retiring Lily Chin in the front, in her knitted Mets uniform, complete with crocheted baseball cap, ball and mitt.
This is the banner that Lily made to commemorate the evening. Knitted center...
With a crocheted border, because she is nothing if not multi-craftual.
Here are all of the authors that showed up and hung out to sign books and meet the knitters and crocheters - clockwise, from Debbie Stoller down in front, Shirley Paden, Nicky Epstein, me (I didn't know I was that tall!) Wenlan Chia, Kay Gardiner, and Lily Chin.
Lily got so excited about her beloved Mets that no only did she wear her uniform, she had her manicure done in blue and orange, and slathered on the Met's blue eye shadow - not her normal look.

I seem to recall that at the Knit and Crochet Show in NH she said she was a shortstop :-)

It was a great night - and the Mets won!Thanks to all who came, saw, and got rained on - looking forward to next year in the new stadium.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Extreme Close Up Fever

As usual since I started designing so much, I am working on a great deal, but can't really show you much of it because it violates some agreement somewhere! This is a close-up of a knitted project I have been working on. Yarn is Cotton Candy by Blue Ridge Yarn, and I looooooove it. Will show you the whole ball of wax (or is that cotton?) when I can.

And this is another version of my Field of Flowers pattern. This is in Universal Yarn's Yummy and I really like it. It looks very different from the original, which was wildly colored because it was made of Noro Kureyon Sock, and a lot of people who have seen both models said they actually preferred this one because the stitch definition is better. So if you liked the pattern but not the color, this shows you how it looks made up in a more staid colorway. Both patterns are the same mind you, but the one has the Noro model and gauge info, and the other has the Yummy model and gauge info. Meaning if you have one, don't buy the other one!

Getting ready for Stitch n Pitch this Thursday night at Shea stadium - should be great fun! And other than that have just been writing and designing and dragging Little Loopy around to her 12 million weekly dance classes!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thank you!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who made a donation to Due to your generosity over $7,500 was raised via the blog-a-thon, and combined with personal donations from many of the members of ASJA (the American Society of Journalists and Authors), and a grant from WEAF (the Writer's Emergency Assistance Fund, a non-profit organization that helps writers in dire need), foreclosure was avoided for now.

I read a touching email from one of Lori's close friends yesterday and Lori and everyone around her are overwhelmed with the response to her story. WalletPop on AOL has covered it, and if there are any other media mentions, I will post a link. The cavalry came in to save the day - thanks for saddling up. I can't tell you how touched I am by the response from the readers of this blog.

OK - back to some knitting content soon, I promise. I am off to the Stitch N Pitch meeting to get ready for the Mets game on 9/25, and then to Tar-jay to buy a new memory card for the camera, and I pinkie swear I will get some fibery goodness up on this here blog soon.

A 32 pound box of yarn is sitting in my dining room. If I put a tablecloth on it do you think I could call it a sideboard?

Be well,
And thank you.
Mary Beth

Friday, September 12, 2008

If you can...

... please help a colleague of mine.

Lori Hall Steele is a gifted professional freelance writer with over 3,000 articles to her name. She is a 44-year-old single mother of seven-year-old Jack. And she is suffering from an unholy combination of Lyme disease and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and is days away from foreclosure. Stuck in a hospital room, attached to a machine that is helping her breathe, there isn't much she can do about it - but we can.

This is not an urban legend or an internet scam - this is someone whose work I know and respect, and the horror of her situation gives me chills.

If you have a dollar to spare, please visit Save Lori's House and make a PayPal donation. Any amount, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated, and put to immediate good use.

This has nothing to do with knitting or crochet, and I promise I won't turn this board into a constant barrage of sad stories. But again, the fact that while she is quite literally fighting for her life she has to worry that her son is about to be displaced due to her crappy insurance company and her mounting medical bills - as a mother, II just can't imagine how that feels.

Bloggers on all sorts of topics are spreading the word about Lori as best they can. If cute photos of quirky cats can reach millions in days, I hope this topic can to. This is a real, visceral thing we can do via the internet - we can't save someone's life, but we can at least help to give Lori some peace of mind about those she will leave behind, sadly, sooner rather than later.

Thank you.

Mary Beth

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Happy News on many fronts!

I am pleased to announce that Hooked for Life(my indie pattern line) has joined forces with Universal Yarn. I will work in their yarns for my line, and we will have all sorts of new goodies to show at the January TNNA.

My afghan book for Leisure Arts is finished and will be out next year,my crochet humor book is almost finished and will be out next year, and Getting Loopy! just passed its 12,000th download with the help of many of you here.

I need a nap.

Anyway, this is why I haven't been posting much - it has been a truly busy summer.

I am going to go stalk the UPS man now - I am expecting a 32 poound box of yarn this afternoon!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Peeking out from the rubble...

Of my looming deadlines...

The house is covered in yarn bits and sticky notes, my sleep schedule is shot to hell, and my to-do lists are longer than the book manuscripts which are due. So I thought I would just give a heads-up that all is well if slightly hectic at Chez Alpaca. Here is a small cute picture of my small cute dog to distract you .
Little Loopy had a birthday last week - all was well until she managed to kick her own finger at Irish Dance. It's sprained, which sucks. It's not broken, which would have sucked worse I suppose. She is not thrilled with the fact that it hurts, but is glad it happened near the beginning of school on the off chance she can use it to get out of some homework!

School starts for her this week - amen. Irish Dance started back up and she has to be driven 6 days a week. Booooo!

I am deliriously happy to announce that I have finished the first draft of the afghan book. Although it may just be that I am delirious, I am not sure. Working on the final first draft of the crochet humor book, and then I have a trillion and four designs to swatch and submit.

Since I am a crappy blogger right now, I invite you all to whip over to Let's Knit 2gether , a video podcast. I was interviewed at Rhinebeck last year and my little bit of interview is in this episode. CAT does a great job with this show - you should definitely check it out if you haven't already, even the episodes I am not on :-)

And of course, Getting Loopy! is still cruising along, with new episodes every Monday night.

OK, back to the to-do list...