Thursday, February 26, 2009

Afghans R Us

Remember when the afghan book was finished and I said I didn't want to make any more afghans at all ever?
Apparently I lied, if only to myself! Princess Cinderella Puppy is show above, trying to bogart my most recent creation. Called Framework, it will be available on Hooked for Life just as soon as I get my act together to get the new web page for it put up.

And this one should be titled "What I did on my Christmas vacation" because this is one of three I banged out between December 15th and January 15th. The other two will be out soon in a book, but this one is now available free courtesy of the fine folks at Premier Yarns! Circles in Rectangles Afghan I am quite fond of this pattern if I do say so myself, the rectangular motifs are quick and easy, changing colors all the time keeps you from getting bored, and assembly was very easy. Please check it out!

Kind of scattered at the moment, finishing up two magazine articles, trying to do some magazine submissions which I haven't done in forever, and getting my fall/winter grouping ready for Hooked for Life. But today I am going to sod off and run into NYC to have lunch with a friend. Every hardworking designer/writer/podcaster needs a day off every now and again.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lookie what I made!

Yum, Corriedale singles....Yes I have succumbed to the lure of the spinning wheel even though I have more pressing matters at hand. I haven't had it out since before Christmas, and when the following came in the mail....
What could I do but spin? And spin....and spin... thank God it is only 3 ounces. This is a luscious Corriedale batt from Zarzuela's Fibers. This is my first experience with a batt and I am loving it - and the color does such gorgeous things I can't get over it. Ms. J is a genius if my spinning looks this good!

Lookie what else I made!

The new book is in my hands, sort of. This is the galley set - all the pages laid out in order as they will be in the book, but not bound yet. I get one last read through to see if there are any small changes I need to make - typos and the like. Trying not to re-write the whole thing as it's a little late in the game for that. This is the third time I have done edits on this book - and by the time I read anything I have written straight through a bunch of times I hate it all Always. And then a few weeks go by and I like it again - about the time I have to started doing readings and signings. But here is the firsty first peek - just for you guys.

LL has strep - again. They decided to go with the serious anti-biotics this time. Apparently they are so serious that the cost about ten times what the last round did! I almost had a heart attack at the drug store. Luckily LL is off from school next week so she can zone out and rest. Thank God she likes to crochet now so can keep herself amused while camped out on the couch!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

No pix,

but a funny story.

So last Friday, LL and I were planning to hit the highway and go visit Grandma Loopy in South Jersey - it was one of the cousins' fourth birthday party, and who doesn't like birthday cake? To make the most of the ridiculously high NJ Turnpike toll (don't get me started!) I figured I would pay a little sales call to an LYS I love while I was down there - tell them about my new books and class, see if they wanted to order some patterns, and just general sucking up on my part.

Anyway, in the interest of not packing frantically at the last minute (like we normally do), I took the small rolly suitcase containing the H4L models and look book, along with a stack of cruise flyers to hand out, outside to throw it in the trunk well before we had to leave. Sadly, I didn't bring the car key with me so I went back inside to get it.

Time passes and LL calls and asks me to pick her up from school so off I go. Totally forgetting that the small suitcase was sitting behind the car. So I run over it, nd it jams itself under the car.

Still haven't figured this out yet so I am driving down the block wondering what the horrible dragging sound is - did I hit a branch or something and not know it? I pull over to look under the car, see the suitcase, and try to tug it out. No go. So I drive a couple more blocks, zigging and zagging, figure this will dislodge the suitcase. Still no go. So I sit and I ponder and I wonder how long it will be before LL calls to ask where in heck I am, and I spot a smallish snow bank from when the roads were last plowed. Eureka! I gun the poor little Ford up the snow bank, do a little dash from the driver's side to the passenger side, and yank out the now unstuck but dirty and disgusting suitcase out from under the car, throw it in the front seat, and run off to school.

What makes this even funnier is that Middle Sister did something similar (she didn't smack her suitcase but left it behind) a few months back and I laughed and laughed. Karmic payback is a bitch, and the bigger sisters always win!

Friday, February 06, 2009

It has been a good week...

Looky looky what I got in the mail! A box of freeform-ready bits and pieces from the incredibly talented Kristine at Curious Creek. I have not yet succumbed to the lure of freeform crochet, despite hanging out with wonderful practitioners like Myra Wood, author of Creative Crochet Lace. But if this yarn doesn't make me get out my hooks and noodle around, nothing will. Every last inch of it is wonderful - this photo does NOT do it justice. If you want assurance that it is all lovely, know that Little Loopy is trying to pilfer from the pile every chance she gets, and is quite miffed than this time I am keeping all of it for me!


I am also kind of over-excited about my Designing for Print Publication class, which I am teaching on Crochetville. We are in our last of three weeks, and the purpose of the class is to help each aspiring designer focus on one design and go through the submission process. Well not only have four of my twelve students already submitted their first design proposals, one has a sale already! Granted I know it is their talent and not my teaching that will get them where they want to go, but at least I get to feel like I helped push them out of the nest a little bit. And that's a good feeling.

LL lived through the massive Language Arts paper that was due and the first mandatory chorus concert. Which is why we are off to Grandma Alpaca's this weekend, where the family will spoil LL rotten and all she has to do to be considered wonderful is show up and be her charming self. I have to go pack all the yarn we need now... but you know that pile above is first into the suitcase.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Polar Pair!

I was having some knitting fun last weekend with a couple of skeins of PolarKnit (tm) yarn and this is what I came up with.


There are actually three buttons on the neckwarmer - you can't see the bottom one very well in this photo. Anyway, I just made the pattern available here and as a side note, isn't LL cute????