Monday, August 25, 2008

Leaps and Bounds and Baby Steps

There is so much going on right now, but despite it all, pages for the next issue of Knit Together are clicking together nicely. We hope to have it to the printers by the end of the Labour Day weekend, and be on the presses by September 5. It should be in mailboxes sooner than the February issue was, which is a hopeful sign in our 'catching up' goal.

We're also gearing up for the Village of the Arts Display by the Severn-Muskoka Knitting Guild on September 5, a 50th anniversary open house for my parents on September 6, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Fair on September 13.

Following that, Cynthia will be taking a fall vacation (her summer vacation was Fibre Week in Alberta in June, so she's ready) before getting the August issue to click together, hopefully as nicely as May's did. The good news is there are already several pieces of the August issue 'in the can' and ready for typesetting, thanks, in part, to her trip to Calgary.

On the home front, Darling has raised the logs for the carport, and is waiting for a larger machine to raise the roof supports and beams. He continues with the work on the storage shed to house the much-neglected weaving loom.

Knitting wise, I've recently completed a quartet of Izzy Comfort Dolls (part of the May issue), the Hummingbird Garden Vest (the project in the May issue), four yarn samples (for the May issue), and I bought the buttons for the Oz Vest from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. There hasn't been a lot of personal knitting done, but I have achieved a few rounds on the Queen Anne's Lace shawl.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

On the Road to getting Caught Up

This can only feel good. I'm moved in, the office is organized, and I'm finally getting things accomplished!

Today I spent the entire day catching up on paperwork and preparing this lovely stack of mail. So, if you've been waiting to hear from me for the past few weeks, stay tuned... your membership card/knitting bag/Level 1 should be on its way to you soon. I feel like my receipts are in the right place, and I'm ready to spend the next rainy day (which will be tomorrow) writing on Knit Together.
There's a certain amount of guilt that goes along with unfinished paperwork. I suppose that comes from being a secretary for over 30 years. Doing the paperwork before sitting down to write is kind of the grown up equivalent to eating your veggies first.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Oh, We're off to see the Wizard

Not really. The only reason that phrase comes to mind is because this little vest is the Oz Vest from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. The photo isn't the best. I converted this pic from 300 dpi to 200 dpi. I'm still trying to figure out resolution. I know I don't need even 200 dpi for a website, but whenever I convert a photo, I loose clarity.
I made the vest from Cabin Fever Aran Tweed yarn, 50/50 cotton/acrylic (the leftovers from Darling's Daylight in Hofsos sweater in the Knit Together November, 2007 issue) with a few bits of brilliant orange and neon green Patons Canadiana. It's all done but for sewing in a few ends and locating two green and one orange button for the top right shoulder (as you're viewing it)
This is the first project I have ever knitted entirely in bed. No, I haven't been ill, it's just that my new night table affords me a drawer in which to hide a little project, and the bedroom affords me a nice view, so, while I'm sipping on my morning coffee on weekends, I am also puttering away on this little project.
Darling is getting used to me knitting at all hours of the day, and apart from the finials on my walnut Brittany needles, he doesn't mind a bit.
Once I've cleaned out that drawer, I might just put a UFO in there to putter away at.