Saturday, 31 May 2008
I got the boxes packed and shipped (for the show) on Tuesday and Wednesday and I have been working on getting the booklet to a stage where I can have 5 copies made up by the printer as "dummies" to take to show stores so they can place orders. The deadline was Friday at 8:15am. I made it there at 8:31am. Don't ask how much sleep I got the two previous nights. I've also been working on getting the new patterns ready to show as well - and need Deb to finish knitting hers so we can get photographs! Here's a photo of my new (really easy) reversable cable afghan (knit in our Northern Lights 100% wool). Quite pleased with it.
Friday, 30 May 2008
I love to see that entrepreneurial spirit, don't you? I am trying to come up with a good knitting stick idea for her to make.
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
It's not that bad. I have them almost ready. I need to finish a couple of second socks for photographs and then one last look over the pattern. Next week is no problem.
Sunday, 25 May 2008
No other knitting to show. I've just been reading patterns and clicking my calculator and being generally boring. This is not exciting blogfodder but it's work that must be done. Pattern checking doesn't produce knitted garments very quickly. Math must be checked. Phone calls to designers made: does this sentence mean this or that, could we say this another way, could we work it out so all the sizes are working the same row of the patterns, could you check the buttonhole placement once more, there seems to be an extra stitch in this pattern repeat or am I going crazy? That's definitely a possibility at this point.
It's challenging and exciting work to do. I'm excited about the booklet, it's going to be good, but I still have several weeks of work ahead of me.
This evening I'm taking a break from baby sweaters and knitting my second King's Knight sock. Ahh.
Tomorrow back at the baby stuff.
Friday, 23 May 2008
At any rate, poor Morgan, my niece, had a terrible cold while we were up at the cabin last weekend but was good enough to pose for me with the shrug/vest thingie. This was my first go, and alas was too small for me but seems to fit her fine. She's gone off with it and as it's a machine wash and dry cotton/acrylic it should do just fine! It's quite appropriate that it go to Morgan, as I was shopping with her a few months ago and was amusing myself looking at "knitted" items in the store while she was several hours (oops, minutes) in the change room. I'm sure the sales staff were wondering what on earth I was doing as I was examining this shrug thing in minute detail and trying to work out the proportions. It was knit in pieces, of course, and my first attempt does have a bit of sewing. My 2nd attempt, to hopefully fit me, is going to be knit in one piece of course as I am NOT a good finisher.
The lapel is in a loose rib with the back done in a simple lace. I like how the lace "curves" on the back and gives it an interesting look. The original one in the store had a cable back but I wanted something more summer-like and airier so thought the lace was a better choice. It looks VERY strange when you are holding the garment in your hand. It looks like a sweater except that there is no hole for the head! Which is exactly what Mom said "where's the head"???
Well, this was my break from working on the Baby booklet. Time to get back at it! Here's another picture from the booklet ... isn't she too cute??!!
At one of my knitting classes I am teaching a phd. student to knit lace. She's starting on a patterned scarf as her second project ever (the first project, a felted purse, was a success) and I pointed out that if you knit a pattern from a chart you have to pay attention and was that what she wanted to do. She said that counting out the pattern was a pleasure after reading political philosophy all day. So maybe after a day crunching numbers I should be reading philosophy for relaxation. Not. I think I will continue to read my 'who done it' novels instead.
Monday, 19 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
This is Keegan, in Bernice's cardigan. How can you resist her or the sweater?
We're not yet sure how big the booklet will be as Deb is still madly checking the patterns. Then she'll be test knitting them, then I'll get them for layout. We decided to add a hat as well and I'm just writing that up now. Sometimes we do have trouble stopping!
This image will be in the Fall Issue of Vogue Knitting in their special advertising section. This issue is featuring knitting in Canada so it seemed appropriate to put an ad in.
Monday, 12 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Thursday, 1 May 2008
All were amazingly happy to be photographed and so good . But it didn't hurt that our photographer, Leanne, has two kids of her own and can photograph babies for hours. I finally had to drag her away - I can only put 8 pages of pictures on the booklet!! She must have taken a zillion pictures. It was a sight to see all these women (Mom's and Grandma (Dana) and so forth in Karen's store (SheepStrings in Huntsville) all trying to make the kids laugh and stay still enough to snap the photo's. A serious hoot - and you got to give them back at the end. :)
Pictures to come next week!