Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year

As we approach the close of 2010 (a rollercoaster if ever there was one -- for me), I want to wish all Canadian Guild of Knitters members, all my friends and my family, a happy 2011.

May peace and love reign.

Every day I am one step closer to having my new life organized. Earlier this week, I emptied some boxes in the office. I'm changing to a different filing system, and trying to piece back together the components of 2010 that got scattered hither and yon.

By January 4, I plan to have all my recent orders processed, my next article written, and my KAP marking done so I can participate in a KAL or two guilt-free.

Because I needed to carve out some knitting time over the holidays, I finished this shawl for my Mom. It is the garter stitch Gracie from Myrna Stahmann's book, made of 316 grams of 'well-aged' Kroy (my favourite yarn for shawls).
I made the shawl at the right for my sister, but no one believes she will wear it. I started out making it for myself, but the colour isn't right for me. The yarn is Knit Picks Gloss, (took @ 180 grams), and the pattern is a free Ravelry Download -- look for the Elizabeth Zimmermann 100th birthday commemorative shawls set designed by mwaa (a lady from Ontario, as it happens). I used the camping shawl for the body, but used the hearts edging from the other two shawls in the set.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Go ahead... Skype me!

At the prompting of a knitter in Eastern Ontario, I have signed on to Skype. Knitters who want to contact Canadian Guild of Knitters can now Skype cynthia.cgknitters when you see I'm on-line.

It's one of the little things I've been able to do between getting Internet connectivity and the arrival of my desk!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Finally reconnected

I'm finally reconnected, as of one hour ago! In another week or so I should have my office furniture, and then life at CGK can get back to normal!

The move continues....

Monday, November 22, 2010

(@#$*ing Rogers!

On Saturday I learned that Rogers Communication is an oxymoron. When I processed a change order (one of several, because I have had to move twice in the last month), NO ONE, not of FIVE "customer service specialists" communicated to me that I needed a piece of equipment from my old equipment when they came to hook up my new service. The technician who came to hook my internet service on Saturday was the Rogers employee who was kind enough to deliver the message, and it was the fourth person I spoke to at customer service after HE had left who pointed out to me that as a result, my e-mail would be disabled.

As a result, you may have difficulty reaching me this week. Our phones are still working, both the 722-6495 and the toll-free number, however all my e-mail -- and (naturally) my e-mail are out-of-commission until Friday.

On behalf of Rogers Communications, I apologize for this inconvenience.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cynthia Update

Things are changing in my world -- I am going through a period of re-settlement

I am trying to stay on top of everything I need to, however there is much going on right now. Your patience as I go through these changes is appreciated!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rolling into Fall

Well, the temperatures have necessitated an additional blanket on the bed, the stacking of fire wood, and the cleaning and putting away of some of the summer clothes.

September was a busy month with the presence of Canadian Guild of Knitters at Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Fair, where we met many knitters -- some who are happy to see us featured in A Needle Pulling Thread, and some who told us they miss Knit Together. It was good to be feeling well enough to be there to meet and greet so many knitters this year. This is what our booth looked like this year -- the tall sign is a new addition -- I've wanted a good sign for a couple years now, and this was the year it happened!

The week after that, Canadian Guild of Knitters joined A Needle Pulling Thread at Knit Trade, a new show for yarn shop staff to see what new products they might carry in their shops. The show was put on by Cabin Fever, and, for a first event was quite successful -- they're planning to do it again next year, hopefully with some new wholesalers, and many more yarn shop registrants!

We had a lot of new people sign on in September, so today was a "catch up" day, getting membership cards processed and magazines and Level 1 packages off to people have ordered them within the last month.
Speaking of Level 1, Janie H. Knits in Perth Ontario has started a study group of knitters in her area interested in completing the Accreditation Program. We have a retailer incentive program, and Janie has recruited a lot of interest in Canadian Guild of Knitters. For more information about our tetailer incentive program, contact Cynthia.
Next weekend is Thanksgiving. This year I'll be grateful for the recent happiness in our family, and for having my health restored. In the office, I plan to give the website another brush up and get caught up with our Random Acts of Knitting book givaways for this year... I'm a few months behind. The other thing on the agenda for next weekend is to get a serious dent in the rest of Level 2. I also have some level 2 material here to mark, and I believe there's a Level 1 coming in later this month to mark.
As the days grow shorter, the "to do" list continues to grow!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Because they bought the farm!

In my post earlier today, you learned of my brother's recent nuptials. A wedding is every reason to make a family happy, but these two did something that has sparked nearly unheard of excitement in our midst... they bought the farm.

Not "a" farm, not just any old farm. They bought the farm that belonged to our great-grandfather! Really! So, they bought a very special old farm!

We're all doing the happy dance for them!

Even Mother Nature is happy... on Saturday, she showed her pleasure over the barn:

Yes, that's a rainbow!

A bit about the barn: the wing on the right is the "old barn" with a stone and concrete foundation. "New barn" on the left has a poured concrete foundation, and, speaking of concrete, our grandfather built the silo on the left of the photo.

So, the newlyweds are working. We're all pitching in. The old farm house was very overgrown. Here's a before and after shot of the front of the house:

On Day 1, my sister was cleaning kitchen cupboards while Deb washed walls that were probably wallpapered in the 1960s. Darren and Dad started tearing down lattice and vines. Creepy old carpets were ripped up and tossed.
On Day 2, Lisa tackled some of the gardens, and she and Deb washed the living room walls down to prep for paint.while Darren did two 'dump runs' and he and Dad looked after some brush removal, gutted the bathroom, and Dad spackled the living room. Lisa and Dad painted the living room ceiling, too! I felt SO helpless! I had to work these two days, and the best I could do was stop by with a journal for them to chronicle this new chapter in the family's homestead. I put a section in the back to log contacts for repair people -- they're gonna need it!
I got to pitch in on Day 3. Dad and I sanded and painted the living room. Darling cleaned and swept the upper floor of the chicken coop (I've never seen a two-storey chicken coop, but that's what Dad says it used to be...), and, when more friends showed up, Darling and Kirk headed out to clean the lower floor of the old wing of the barn. Meanwhile, Deb, and Yvonne went back over the kitchen with cleaners again. (The kitchen was scary, and it will be a couple months before the contractor can get at 'er.)
I'm writing this more for Deb's benefit than mine, but it is great to be sharing the excitement!
Yesterday, I had a day off to nurse sore muscles from painting -- I was cutting in the walls at the ceiling level, so I was up and down that ladder countless times.
Today, I'm pleased to report that I've been in the office, and got memberships caught up. While I've been doing that, I've been burning CDs of the wedding photos on the other laptop. And now, I'm going to put the membership cards in the envelopes, write a couple of notes to new members, and close the office for the day.
September is starting out to be very productive. Carla, Kate and I will be at Knitter's Fair next weekend with recent and upcoming projects from A Needle Pulling Thread. Stop by the booth and say hi!

And just WHERE did August go?

August, as far as my memory goes, was pretty rainy. As I reflect back over it, I'm totally perplexed as to where it exactly went.

I've done some writing, but clearly not blog posts... I've done some knitting, but all garter stitch -- I've had no mind to do anything complex... shades of last year. I did knit Deb a shawl for her bridal shower -- I made her Idella from Myrna Stahmann's Seaman's Scarves and Faroese Shawl book, but I had that finished in July. I made a full-size faroese shawl in three weeks. That may be why I haven't been knitting a lot this month...

I have pulled out the Level 2 file and got another look at it. I also had another person step forward for testing the first portion of Level 2 exercises, and that package is going out in tomorrow's mail.

There have been no Level 1 submissions, so the office is still empty.

Two really great things happened just last week...

My brother, who we thought was a confirmed bachelor, got married last Saturday! Here are him and his bride beside our dad's 1949 Ford pickup truck.

Here is Darren and me before the service...

And lastly, here are the newlyweds standing beside a rusted old artifact of a tractor on the Museum site where the wedding was held.

It's completely appropriate that these two got married at a Museum, and that they had wedding photos taken next to a tractor. I'm not being unkind... and will explain it in my next post.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

And Another Month Flew By!

And, it was a busy one!

Before the Cambridge WWKIP event and the Midland Tornado (my last two posts), I learned of a shower for my brother's bride-to-be. So, I decided to knit something for her. Now, I doubt that she reads my blog (or even knows it exists), so, I can happily say that my 'power knitting' efforts were successful; I finished the project with weeks to spare! Still, I won't mention any more here for fear of giving away a surprise.
Darling has been busy with art shows -- he does bird studies in watercolours. I don't have a photo of one of his recent works, but here is an older specimen -- this painting is now in Australia. At the same time he was doing art shows, we were joined by some of his relatives from New Zealand. A good time was had by all, and both Tina (visiting) and Cynthia got some handsome new luggage!
I've been working on my article for the Spring 2011 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread. Renewals for people whose memberships expired with the Summer 2010 issue are now in the mail.
The Fall 2010 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread is currently at the printer's, and renewals for CGK members whose memberships conclude with the Fall issue will be processed soon.
The website, too, received a mini overhaul... check out the home and retailers' pages.
We've been in touch with the good folks at Kitchener-Waterloo Guild, making our plans for this fall's Knitter's Fair. If you're planning to attend this event this year, we're planning to be there to greet you!
The work at Canadian Guild of Knitters is always on-going. Apart from finishing my Spring 2011 submission to A Needle Pulling Thread, other tasks on the slate for the August long weekend are finalizing the draws for the June and July Random Acts of Knitting (see the website for details) and doing further edits and photos for Level 2 of the Knitting Accreditation Program. Cynthia has a design to prepare for the Fall, 2011 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread, too.
First, though, is a canoe-camping trip with the fella for a couple days. Wish me luck! And, yes, I'm taking some knitting...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wasn't that a Party!

This year, I celebrated World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP) in Cambridge, Ontario.

The Cambridge area was once the home of several knitting yarn mills, including Monarch, Galt (Lady Galt yarns), and others, and the textile tradition of here runs deep.

The Cambridge Arts Centre has embarked on a project to recognize this history later in 2010 -- a 'yarn bombing' event they're calling "KNIT camBRIDGE."

KNIT camBRIDGE is a project to completely cover the Main Street bridge that spans the Grand River (?) with knitting. When I told Mom, she said "Oh! A covered bridge!" My Mom has a pretty good sense of humour.

To boost publicity for Knit the Bridge, Sue Sturdy, Artist-in-residence at the Cambridge Art Centre, put together a huge team of volunteers for the 2010 WWKIP, with a view to breaking the Guinness World Record for the number of knitters knitting simultaneously. Fortunately, an event in the Civic Square the night before resulted in some shelter -- enough for several hundred knitters. Dozens of the pieces for the Knit the Bridge project were displayed on a vintage fire truck.

Sue and the team put together a great program, with prizes for numerous categories -- oldest knitter present, youngest knitter present, highest number of generations of one family present (4), and many others. Several pairs of pool cues had been sharpened, and teams of three vied for prizes for who could knit three rows of 10 stitches the fastest. Volunteers were easily spotted by their neon-coloured balls of yarn threaded through lanyards.

There were several speakers present, too. Dr. Karen Dearlove gave an all-too-brief history of textiles and knitting in the Cambridge/ Hespler area (I could have talked to her for hours), and Lynn Spence, from City TV's Cityline was on hand to hand out some prizes and say a few words to the hundreds of knitters in attendance. Steve Robinson, a Federal government employee by day, did a terrific job as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The weather didn't co-operate fully, but still, hundreds of knitters turned out. A brief shower happened just before the serious knitting began. It was just enough to encourage people to come in under the tents and fill all the chairs.

There were knitters from Newfoundland, Texas, Germany, and Australia. One lady had brought some vintage Barbie doll clothes a relative had knitted in the 1960s.

At the appointed time, with needles at the ready, everyone set to their knitting. I stopped only long enough to sneak a photo of one half of the large tent full of knitters, and discovered that there were knitters almost as far back as the Art Centre!

The Cambridge WWKIP event was superbly organized. At present, they are looking for volunteers to help stitch together the bridge blanket. Volunteers can contact KNIT camBRIDGE at
To Sue and crew, I send a wave and a big thanks for such a terrific morning!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Everything's OK at CGK

Already this morning I've had an e-mail from a member asking if we survived last night's tornado.

The tornado went through Midland, a town about 40 miles west of where I live. There were warnings for Orillia/Washago, my home area, but, apart from rain and some high winds through our tall white pines, we were safe.

Our hearts go out to the people who lost their homes last night.

My next blog post will be about the WWKIP event held in Cambridge last weekend. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 24, 2010

All the News

I can't believe it's been seven weeks since my last post!

There has been much going on... e-mails and phone calls have been going back and forth with the good folks at A Needle Pulling Thread, and I've been learning more about the workings and writings for a colour publication. We came up with an idea for a complimentary accessory for the project in the Festive 2010 issue, that will be great for gift-giving.

I had my first meeting with Editor Kate and we laid out the plans for the knitting section for A Needle Pulling Thread through to the end of 2011. Now, I need to get writing again. No, still.

The first issue of A Needle Pulling Thread was mailed to Canadian Guild of Knitters last week. It was very exciting to know that a copy of it was sitting in my mailbox, but going there would have landed me in the height of May 24 weekend traffic, so MY glimpse at the new issue will have to wait until tomorrow.

Because of the new system for distribution, I will be mailing out membership renewals under separate cover, so members should look for their renewals in the mail soon. I was supposed to be doing that last weekend, but I was down with the "office cold" which knocked me right off my feet. I haven't been that sick since the last time I had bronchitis!

Retail members recently were shipped a promotional offer from A Needle Pulling Thread, and one of our retailers advised that she didn't receive the flyer in her package. If you fit into this category, please let me know, so I can pass the information along to John at ANPT.

Earlier this month, I managed to get a little update done on the website. It still needs work, but I'm not up to snuff in the html department, so I'm doing the best I can.

On the home front, a lot has been happening, too. On April 27 we welcomed our new little angel to earth. Sarah has quickly become close to our hearts, and the apple of Grandad's eye. In this picture she is two days old, and she is in the arms of her great nana, who we had visit with my mom for Mother's Day.

The day after, I drove to Toronto to Knitter's Frolic, which is hosted by the Downtown Knit Collective. I went as a 'tourist' this year (I didn't have a booth), and visited with a lot of knitters and vendors.

As mentioned above, last weekend I had planned to get a lot of things done, but didn't! Instead, I yielded to sinus pressure.

Apart from baby knitting, I have got a few bits of knitting done. The 'sleeves in your pi' sweater I've been working on for several years is nearing completion -- about 5 inches of sleeve to go. I also needed a 'lace fix' and decided to make a shawl in honour of Sarah's arrival. I chose Haruni, which means 'grandmother' in a language created by JRR Tolkein in one of his books. Since I'm a 'grandmother by proxy', I thought making a shawl that means grandmother in a fictitious language was appropriate.

This past weekend I finally delivered two cardigans for my friend Karen -- one I knitted for her first grandson, and one I made from the leftovers for her second grandson -- they can quasi-match now... This one is Colin's.

Karen and I haven't seen much of each other lately. Between her becoming a grandmother, and running her first MARATHON (!) she's kind of busy. So, it was really great to get together with her and have a two-day visit!

Here we are sittin' and knittin' on Darling's new pontoon boat. Yes, that's Zoey on the back bench!

Yesterday we had the family over. Here are three generations of 'froggers': Grandad, Dad, and Tobias (proudly holding two of the critters while Grandad fetches the third from the net).
Today, I was back in the office, getting some bits cleaned up and getting this long-overdue blog post up. Darling has just called me for dinner (he's a keeper). I hope everyone got to enjoy some lovely holiday weather, and remembered to get some time in for their knitting.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

'Tis the Season (to file taxes)

Yes, this weekend I'm in Drudgeryville, making sure all the receipts and entries are in order for the bookkeeper, the tax accountant, and Revenue Canada. No one ever said having a business was glamorous!

But, it's time for a break from the drudgery, and give you an update... The first two submissions for A Needle Pulling Thread are 'in the can', to use film-speak, and the third needs a few more 'details' to satisfy the editor. This one, scheduled for the Festive, 2010 issue will be done by the end of the Easter Weekend.

Back in January, I posted news of a new baby in the family. She, as yet unnamed, will be along in a few more weeks. I finished the little pink number photographed in progress in my January 2 post. Here's the result:

The yarn is Sunbeam Montego.

She will also receive Baby Surprise Jacket No. 5, a 'grown up' number in my modified version, made with navy blue and white marl yarn by Phildar, with fuzzy navy blue trim in Patons' Venus or Valencia (never could get those two straight), and little pewter buttons.

I also started a baby blanket, but since 'Great Nana' made her a beautiful mauve blanket, and Mom has other blankets from child # 1, this effort will probably be put aside for future consideration - perhaps for an expectant niece (in a few years... The one of child-bearing years is going to be like her dear old aunt, I think, and opt out of motherhood.) This project is being crafted from Phentex Merit, in a variation of Grantmother's Checkerboard, a pattern in Knitters' Best of Shawls and Scarves. I adapted the pattern for knit and purl design, and dubbed it "Nanu's Checkerboard", as Darling's grandson calls me "Nanu". I bought the yarn for 99 cents a ball at a department store that is probably now out of business -- perhaps K-mart? (For our American readers, there are no K-marts in Canada anymore.)

All three of these projects are part of a 'stash busting campaign' started late last Fall. The three project so far have used up 12 balls of stash yarn, and so far this year I have purchased only one ball of yarn. I bought it to finish yet another baby jacket (a Carnival Coat by Cabin Fever in their Top Down for Toddlers book) that I made from leftovers of this project, the Basic Cardigan from the same book. Thus, the ratio is 12 balls used to one ball purchased -- a complete first in my world.
Now, I need to clarify, that I *have* purchased more yarn, but it was yarn for yarn reviews and projects for Canadian Guild of Knitters. Business purchases are exempt from the process.
I started the Basic Cardigan in 2006 for a friend's grandson. The good news is that Owen now has a little brother, and if this doesn't fit him (it's a size 4, so the timing appears good...) it will fit his little brother.
Anyway, in addition to being a stash reduction kick, I've been on a project finishing kick. Over the Christmas Holidays, I found about 6 knitting bags with UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in them.
First, I finished the blue and red cardigan, then I picked up the Shetland cobweb project I started for the yarn review in the August, 2009 issue of Knit Together. It's had only a little progress, because it was relegated to the bedside table, and I find it is a bit fine for working in the dim light of early morning with hands that haven't been 'warmed up' for the day. Still, it made a little progress before morning coffee moved to the love seat in the bedroom to watch the bird action on the bay. For that, I have pulled out my Sleeves in your Pi coat in Briggs & Little Anniversary Twist, and am about 1/2 way down one sleeve (with just the sleeves to go).
I also finished off a pair of socks from last summer, and I've been working yet another pair of socks, the Celtic Cable socks by Cabin Fever in Shelridge Ultra. I think I started them in about 2006.
The next UFO to be tackled is the Fair Isle sweater for Darling... but in the meantime, some of the Florida knitting included a scarf and matching hat for him, to ensure he feels he is getting some attention.
Then there's the Celtic Shawl I'm designing that has had SO much attention on my Ravelry Project page. For that, I'm going back to the drawing board and creating a whole new design from scratch.
There are two other UFOs -- a baby sweater from a Sirdar Pattern that I started for Grandbaby No. 1, and a sweater in Patons' Brilliante for moi, but they're a little way down the list, currently, as is the Faroese Shetland Garden Shawl, which met with an unfortunate mishap when I forgot to purl a row, and did about 10 rows in reverse stocking stitch. AARRGH!! It is in its second lengthy time-out.
That's the plan for the remainder of 2010, and still write pieces for A Needle Pulling Thread, spend time with a new "granddaughter" and keep a full-time job. Stay tuned!
Now, I have to get back to the tax man's goodies... yummy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Official Announcement

The November issue of Knit Together announced that Canadian Guild of Knitters has made a change with regard to its publication.
Henceforth, CGK members will receive A Needle Pulling Thread with their membership instead of Knit Together.
A Needle Pulling Thread, a multi-craft Canadian publication based in Newmarket, Ontario, recently expanded its knitting section by hiring editor Kate Atherley. Cynthia is pleased to announce that she will continue to communicate with Canadian Guild of Knitters' members in the way of technical articles, designs, and other writing for A Needle Pulling Thread.
This is a value-added matter for members, as they will now receive a 100+ full-colour publication with their membership.

The Knitting Accreditation Program, Random Acts of Knitting, and our branded products continue to be offered exclusively to CGK members; the only change members will see is in the publication.

To register with Canadian Guild of Knitters, visit our website,
The website is next on our list of things to take care of, so please bear with us if it hasn't been updated before you visit!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Knitting on Location

Usually I try to get some 'on location' photos of me knitting on vacation. Darling usually accommodates, but he's been a bit busy on this vacation because this one has been about BIRDS. Birds, birds, and more birds. And he loves birds more than I love knitting (yup, I know, it can't be done, but he's done it.)

Herons, anyone? More than I have ever seen in my LIFE, and I've seen more herons than a lot of people. First, because I really like herons, and second, because I live on a river where we get two types - the Great Blue and the Green.
Herons are like a lot of birds; simultaneously pretty and ugly. It's kind of amazing how they do that. Herons and woodpeckers have been defined as my 'totem birds' by a First Nation's fellow from the West Coast of Canada. Woodpeckers to represent my strength, and herons because of my love to be near water. He was one smart Salish man!

I do like birds, just not quite as much as Darling. Even for an amateur birder like myself this has been a dream birding vacation... I have seen more green herons in the last four days than I hafe seen in my entire life, let alone as many types of heron. And they're all beautiful! (and ugly)... here's an example: Check out those wing feathers... amazing!

Then there's the little blue heron - one I didn't see before this vacation. There's a photo of him at left, but my program crashed before I could add a photo of my new favourite: the tri-coloured heron... whose neck is the colour of pale amethyst and whose back is just about the colour of rose gold. That and a white tuft of feathers behind the head. Such beautiful creatures!

Then there are the yellow-, and black-crowned night herons... perhaps the more logical for me, because they are hard to find during the day. But, we found 'em!

On the right is a black crowned night heron... This one doesn't have the long, streaming breeding feather that some of the ones we saw did. I've only ever seen these guys in pictures.
At the risk of acting as a tour guide for the United States National Parks system, I have to say, the two I've been to so far are definintely worth the visit... Everglades National Park is a birder's mecca. The Everglades are as much a natural wonder as Niagara Falls. Rocky Mountain National Park is just plain pretty scenery.
True, I'm a flag wavin' Canadian, but it's good to see some of the rest of the world! Besides, a lot of the birds we've seen on this jaunt will be back in Canada within a couple months... Darling just couldn't wait for them to come back, and I'm quite happy to have come along for the ride!
If you DO want to stay in Canada and see a beautiful national park, my favourits so far are Algonquin ( which is about 20% larger than Everglades National Park -- I looked it up) and Cape Breton National Park in Nova Scotia. I'm an equal opportunity national park visitor!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Absence Alert!

This is just a quick notice to advise that Canadian Guild of Knitters' office will be closed from February 13 through February 28, 2010.

Our phone and e-mail services will be on, and we will respond to your inquiries upon our return.

The latest issue of Knit Together is in the mail now, with stories about a yarn shop in British Columbia, a knitter from Quebec, and a knitting designer from Toronto, plus all the usual features -- yarn and book reviews, etc.

There is a big CGK knitting bag sitting by the door, stuffed with items to knit while we're away!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

At the printer's

Knit Together is at the printer's -- I just uploaded the file to their ftp site. It's always a good feeling. I'll have proofs by Tuesday, do a final run-through to catch those nasty apostrophes, and we'll be good to go. Here's a sneak peek at one of the yarns I reviewed last weekend:

It's Cabin Fever's Silk and Silver, a kettle-dyed yarn with merino, silk, nylon and actual flecks of silver in it. Yum!

Other items coming out in this issue include part 2 of the twisted stitch series, the second segment of Getting Gauge, our final nod to the International Year of Natural Fibres, and a over a dozen Random Acts of Knitting.

As Knit Together winds down, I look forward to the new assignments Canadian Guild of Knitters will be doing for A Needle Pulling Thread. The knitting adventure continues, with articles about steeking, ribbing, and vintage knitting.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Writing Along

Another full day in the office. I discovered last night there were two yarn reviews needed for this issue! YIKES! So, last night I chose two yarns and worked frantically this morning to get them sampled. The research is done and there's just the text to finish drafting.

Finding a designer has been another particular challenge, and I've been lucky enough to find one who has a blog. I did half the research before ever getting to the interview!

There is other, sad news: in my last post, I mentioned 'planned illnesses', which is to say illnesses of which we, as a family, were aware. One was a terminal diagnosis my sister's fiance received this past October. The disease took him quickly -- on January 12. Having passed his age just a year ago, I can say with conviction that 49 is too young to die.

There is some good news: the other 'planned illness' another family member endured in the past two months ended with the best possible scenario.

The 'unplanned illness' of our cat had a happy ending, too; he's eating well, and purring once more.

Life sure has its ups and downs.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

I knew December would be hairy, but I never expected it to be blogless! There were a few illnesses during the month, some expected and one (the cat's) really unexpected. I figured something was up the night Wolfie (the cat) snuggled up to Zoey (the dog). By the end of the next day we knew something was wrong, and on the Tuesday before Christmas we ran the old boy (Wolfie is 14) to the vet. He "enjoyed" an overnight stay. Before it was over he was a VERY sick cat. He appears to be on the mend, but I never knew I would be so attentive to the intake and output of the cat.

2009 was a really tough year for me on several levels, and I'm happy to see the back of it, even though it's an adjustment to type 201 instead of 200... this happens at the end of every decade!

The next issue of Knit Together made some good progress today. I wrapped up a couple regular articles and got a half page feature ready, save for two photographs. I found just the chart for my twisted stitch piece. The mini project in this issue is JUST PLAIN FUN! I test knitted it during the past weeks, and I hope you'll like it as much as I did!

As far as knitting goes, I continue to work on yarn reviews, and a few baby projects. Since the last post, I've learned there's a 90% chance that the new "grandbaby" will be a girl, so I set out to knit the Harvey Kimono from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms [Ktog, Feb/07] I'm using yarn from my stash (believe it!)by Sunbeam called Montego. I can't remember where I got it, but it's from the days before they put yardage on the label!

Lunch hours and evening meetings have helped me get more Baby Surprise Jackets done for the same wee one: the one above is King Cole Splash with blue Astra chosen to match the blue fleck. I had the trim yarn for the pink-trimmed one in my stash and varied the pattern to offset the front closure. Eventually both will have the happyface buttons shown on the pink one.
I love knitting for babies!
Some of the knit lists have been rambling about new years' resolutions for knitting. I have decided just to go back to my "in and out" system of trying to reduce stash. I can only buy yarn to replace yarn that I knit up. The goal for 2010 is "net zero stash growth". There, I said it. It must be do-able!
I wish you all a knitterly knew year!