We’re 1/4 of the way through the year now (HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?!) and here’s how I’m doing on New Year’s resolutions:
- Blog schedule: F (Self-discipline, where you at?)
- Knit from my stash: C- (I didn’t have any self-striping yarn for my POP Blanket, so sue me.)
- Finish all the things I cast on: B+ (I had a Realism Day and frogged 90% of my idle WIPs.)
- Write a short-short story every day: F (That didn’t last past the first two weeks. Again, self-discipline?)
- Go legit: B (I’ve pulled the paperwork and I’m banking pattern sales for fees and such.)
- Start a family: I’m not grading myself on this one. This is definitely a joint effort with some external influences.
I’ll be better, I promise. I’ve been busy applying needles to yarn and having wonderful new ideas. Jade Sapphire sent me a box filled to the top with 2-,4-, and 6-ply cashmere as well as their new 50% yak/50% silk/100% spectacular Khata! It’s lace, which is not usually in my comfort zone but at a hefty 700 yards per skein, I think I can double it and come up with something amazing. I’ve already been sketching it out. Some of those skeins have already become things, too. That leads to announcement #1: The three following pieces that you will see today are going to be part of the first DrawFour Designs ebook!
There will be 12 patterns total, all in luxurious Jade Sapphire and all using just one or two skeins so you can spoil yourself without going for broke. I’m struggling with one thing, though–what do you call a book like that? I need a catchy title and any suggestions would be appreciated (and credited!). I also haven’t settled on names for the three patterns thus far, either. I’m just cranking things out willy-nilly!
Announcement #2: I’m collaborating with my cousin Quinn on a pair of projects for Vintage KC! Quinn is knitting up a vintage pattern from a 1949 Stitchcraft and I’m writing a new pattern for a retro garment based on that original pattern.
The finished projects are going to be featured in the summer issue (the actual printed issue) and I am over the moon about being in print for the first time! Other firsts: working out sizing and knitting with linen. I’ve long been of the opinion that linen feels like twine and that if I knit with it, I might as well just slice off my fingers now and get it over with. My snap judgments are proving to be false, as most assumptions tend to be. Sparrow has been a pleasure to work with and I can tell how it will feel post-wash while I knit with it. I would absolutely use it again.
Announcement #3: StevenBe has gotten a Tin Can Knits trunk show just in time for Shop Hop next weekend and I am officially in love. I’ve been lusting after the aforementioned POP Blanket for quite a while and it just so happens that husband’s birthday sweater is going to be a Flax using Madtosh Vintage in Brothers Grimm because it’s so simple that he can’t possibly feel emasculated by it (boys are so fragile). The rest of the samples they sent are truly fantastic and I have already started my blanket even though I don’t have the white yet. My little polka dots are just sitting on waste yarn, waiting to be framed in by Cascade Eco Wool. It’s worth noting, too, that Alexa and Emily of Tin Can Knits are wildly generous and set a great benchmark for designers who want to promote their patterns through trunk shows: they told us that “knit shop employees shouldn’t have to pay for patterns” and gifted all their ebooks and the blanket pattern to every StevenBe employee. For me, that makes me all the more excited to knit their projects and talk about them with my customers. I’m also better educated about their patterns because I have them now. Thanks, ladies!
That’s enough out of me for one day. See you on Monday and remember to comment with pattern and book title suggestions!