It’s so fun to have so much to review and talk about. It makes me feel like I’m part of a larger, real community of knitters when people share their new books or yarn lines, or patterns with me, and I LOVE to talk about them. Somehow talking about other peoples’ successes is really motivational for me. Seeing Kristin’s and Joanna’s books out and doing so well (and I’ve got others to review soon!) is like some kind of fire is being lit under my OWN bum!
I’m having one of those time periods when I’m feeling extremely busy…but don’t really have a lot to show for it right now. If you follow me on Twitter, you know all of this already. I seem to be doing lots of microblogging, less BLOG blogging. It’s so easy to just type out each little thought these days and not take the time for a whole POST. Be careful if you follow my tweets, I’m a total over-tweeter.
I’m finally coming out of what I’ve been referring to as my Mommy Coma and getting back “out there” so to speak, with events and publications. We have a babysitter who comes over two mornings from 9 – 12, and in those six whole hours a week, I’ve been doing SO MUCH!
Here’s some of what I’ve been working on:
I’ve started a series of little booklets on various knitting techniques. They’ll be little Quick Guides, self-published both as e-books and in print, as a series. The first one, on custom-shaping patterns is getting close to being ready to pre-order! I’ll share more when it’s closer to finished.
I’ve also got several new patterns (woo hoo!) almost ready to come out for sale, like the white sweater from a few posts ago:
I’m actually looking for test-knitters on this one. If you’re interested, please see the Ravelry post.
And I just sent an adult version of my Whirligig shrug pattern to the tech editor:
I’m going back to Colorado in April to teach at The Makerie (day classes are still open for sign up if you’re interested.) And in May to tape two more classes with Sympoz.
The “Mom & Me” book that I just finished with Chronicle has gone into tech & copy editing, and will be out in spring 2012. I also recently signed a contract with Cooperative Press to self-publish my “How to Design Top Down Sweaters” book. (This is the next big thing on the to-do list!) I hope to have this out within the year.
And I just learned that I’ve had three patterns and an article accepted for Winter publication in Interweave Knits and KnitScene magazines.
SO, fair readers, there’s a lot bubbling under the surface of this blog…and as I work on stuff, I’ll try to remember to share more of what’s going with me and not leave you in the dark!