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February 18th, 2007

11 days left. Actually, more like 9 because time has to be left to get the stuff across the border and across the country.

I figured out yesterday that I have to start (and finish) a project a day to meet the deadline. Now, some of the projects left are tiny and will take less than four hours. And, I’m thankfully done (or almost done) with most of the biggies.

The one I’ve been working obsessively on for the past 48 hours is a v-neck cardigan in Lion & Lamb, in the new color, Red Rover. This stuff makes such a nice, drapey fabric when crocheted. But, as I’m nearing the last few raglan rounds, I think I’ve realized the sweater really should be at least knee length, instead of hitting just at the hip.

It’s sometimes hard to put these thoughts aside and focus on what has to get done, when some little detail pops up that would make the piece so much better, so much more successful. My master plan is to do what I have to, and then go back and do what I can. So, the optional belt for the brown berry cardigan can be left until later. And, adding length to the red silk monster can be left until later as well.

Having had a look through most of the crochet pattern books on the market right now, I’m getting increasingly excited about this one. It’s fun to be designing things I’m really proud of, I’m really interested in. And, for the most part, I do feel like this collection is un-compromised. So, yay! And, this is only the things I’m designing. I’ve got several fabulously talented folks working away on their projects too.

In the meantime, while crocheting furiously, I’m tempting myself with dangling carrots of future projects. I may have cast on for a new design in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, but I still have my Sanctuary sweater(s) to finish up, a sock, my Print o’ the Wave stole, and probably even more.

I do get/have to start knitting again for tomorrow night’s class on the Vogue cabled bolero, featured in the most recent issue. I’m teaching the class, so it’s a good thing to know what I’m teaching. That’s on the list for tonight.

So. Off to the shop. And class. And crochet. And newsletter writing. And on. And on. And on.

… and some things for me, as well

February 11th, 2007

The good news is that y’all only have to hear about this particular crochet book for the next 3 weeks or so. The other bit of good news is that 15 of the 25 projects are either done or entirely not my responsibility to design and crochet. Yay! Another 5 of those 25 have the […]

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The Other Side of a Book

January 9th, 2007

What you see above are the products of the last five hours of work. It’s a stack of contracts and contibutor agreements to be mailed out, covering my two Not Your Mama’s books. On the bottom is the author contract, newly signed, for my newest book, Sensual Crochet. And, in the middle are some addresses […]

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