Thursday, June 04, 2009

Busy week already!

Tuesday afternoon was kind of suckish. I don't want to rant - well okay, I do want to rant, but in the interest of being a professional I won't - but I will never understand why adults can't just agree to disagree on occasion. There is room in this wild fibery world for more than one opinion on just about any subject, and everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Except on copyright violation - that's always wrong :-)

Anyway I was pretty aggravated, so LL brought me this - some yummy chocolate cake with my initials on it in leftover birthday cake letters. I wanted to be a great mom and tell her that one couldn't solve one's problems with chocolate, that I would be better off taking some deep cleansing breaths and moving on with my life but you know what? I like chocolate cake, and it did improve my mood, even if it wasn't the healthiest way to do it. One more teachable moment shot to hell!Later in the evening I was a guest on Marly's YarnThing podcast and we had a hell of a lot of fun. YarnThing is in the Blog Talk Radio network like Getting Loopy, and it was fun to be on the other side of the microphone if you will. Plus I love me some Marly - she is a natural and healthy mood enhancer all by herself because she is always looking on the bright side of things. Go check it out!

Yesterday I came home to a whole box of these -

I wasn't going to blog about it until I had somewhere to send you to buy it if you so desired, but I just can't wait any more. I really love how this came out - 8 afghans made from various crocheted building blocks, plus a CDRom that you can put in your PC (sorry Mac users!) to make up and print out an afghan layout of your very own. It is shipping to stores now, and eventually will show up on the Leisure Arts web site! Please ask your LYS for it - and when they say that Leisure Arts booklets only use mass market yarns, you can point to the Mission Falls cotton and the Cascade 220 on the covers!

And I am also quite happy to show you my newest crochet pattern - Damask.

It is a small shoulder shawl made in Pure Bamboo, and is silky, drapey and full of summer romance as all get out. I will be wearing it at TNNA on Saturday during my book signings.

Those of you with itchy trigger fingers might notice that that is a Patternfish link. The Hooked for Life web site is being upgraded as we speak, but with my increasing focus on the wholesale side of my pattern business, it seems like a more time efficient practice for me to hand off the download process to someone who specializes in it. Patternfish does a lovely job, and every hour that I am not fiddling with downloads is an hour I can be busy creating more products - or you know, sleeping. So Patternfish is now the official download source for all Hooked for Life patterns.

Speaking of patterns, I have several hundred more than need to be wrangled into sleeve protectors, so I am off.

PS - Another one of my students has sold her first pattern and I am almost as excited as she is! If you are interested in taking Designing for Print Publication in July or September, please email for more information.


Trillian42 said...

Hey... those colors on the cover look REALLY familiar... :D

It looks great all assembled - I wondered how you were going to put those together.

Ellen Gormley said...

Congratulations MB, your book looks great! I am looking forward to seeing it in person.

bobbins said...

You know, it might not have been the chocolate that lifted your spirits, but that your DD noticed your distress and did something kind and creative for you. Hunting out the MB from the birthday cake decs? Brilliant!

Gorgeous book - thanks for showing it to us!