Stacks

I feel a tiny bit bad that it’s been so long since I’ve put out a pattern.  The last one was Chamfer in what, February?  Now to be fair, the e version of The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet did go live in March, so it’s not like you’ve not got something to keep your needles busy.  But still, I’m used to putting out an individual pattern every month or so, and the longer time frame is making me a bit twitchy.  But never fear, it’s all in the service of a bigger project!

After seeing how much fun Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet was, I decided to experiment with taking some of the things I’d usually do as individual patterns and combining them into a mini book.  That’s what all the things you’ve seen around here since March or so will be used for.  I think it will work well, but it does mean that the once a month timeline sort of falls by the wayside.  Now I know waiting’s no fun, and I also know I find waiting easier if I know what’s going on in the background while I’m waiting.  So I thought I’d let you know where things stood.

The photo shoot is this Sunday.  As of this morning, all the projects for the mini book are done and blocked.  I’ve even got proof!  The only thing left to do is sew buttons one one piece (anyone taking bets on whether that will happen Sunday morning).

Down at the bottom there are the Ruction cowl and mitts in Malabrigo Arroyo.  They’re reversible, and I’m totally smitten with them.  Next up the stack is the Clamor hat in Briar Rose Wistful.  It’s scrunchy and slouchy and looks unreasonably adorable on everyone.  Peeking out from the middle is the Tumult cowl in Handmaiden Silk Twist.  I think it might be my secret favorite, and I want the photoshoot over with so I can wear it.  Next up are the Fracas hat and cuffs in Schaefer Yarn Company Nichole.  My secret plan is to send them home with Lauren as a thank you for her help modeling.  And on the top there are the Uproar cuffs in Plucky Knitter MCN Primo.  These are knitting crack and you should never ever start making them as you won’t want to stop.  You’ve been warned.

All the patterns are done, and testing is wrapping up.  The pattern text is over with the tech editor, and I’m finalizing the other, non-pattern, text this week.  The plan is to have the files to the printer in early June.  That means the e version will likely be available in late July, and the paper version available a week or two later.

Alright, I feel better now.  It’s still not quite as good as having a pattern ready to go for you.  But hopefully it works to show that I’m not just lazing on the patio sipping lemonade!

Less Crumpled

Still not benefiting from a full on proper block, but at least here it’s pulled a bit smoother than before.  The difference is encouraging.  With any luck at all, I’ll have it finished tomorrow.

Next will come a vigorous blocking session for all the mini book pieces.  The Boy and I checked out the planned location for the photoshoot this weekend, and I think we’ll be able to get some really good shots.

In the meantime, I’ve been putting all of your bugbite solutions to the test.  So far, Benadryl seems to be working best for me.  I’ll continue the experiments over the rest of the summer.  Anyone want to lay odds on me deciding to get a pet bat and solve the problem at the source?

Crumpled

This is the final piece for the mini book I mentioned the other day. It’s still in the ever-exciting ‘crumpled pile of crap’ phase that most knitting projects have to endure.  I have great faith though, and I’m pretty darn sure it will be properly cute once I have a bit more done (and once it gets a suitably vicious block).

The mini book is coming along well.  Next up is a wee photo shoot, maybe even this coming weekend (which is good because if we wait too much longer we risk heat stroke while modeling knitwear, and that’s no fun at all), a final edit or two, and then it goes zipping off to the printer.  Barring some really exciting disaster, it should be out this summer.  Maybe even as early as July, but August is likely more realistic.  I’ll come back with more info about it in a week or two, but until then, let’s pretend this was one of those lengthy and engaging updates you were hoping for.

Really Truly

Once in a while, I get a message from someone saying their hat or sock or mitt ended up a surprising size.  I know how disappointing this can be, and I always feel bad for folks when this happens.  I usually write back and ask if they got gauge when they swatched.  Nine times out of ten, they didn’t swatch.  Now I know swatching can feel like a waste of time.  I totally understand the urge to just start knitting.  But all I can say is that the more I knit, the more I realize just how much time is saved by swatching.

That other one time out of ten, the person has swatched.  My next question is something along the lines of ‘and did you block your swatch?’  The answer there is almost always ‘um…no.’  Now I know, asking you to block your swatches is sort of like asking a seven year old to open their Christmas presents a day late.  But I promise it’s important.  If you find yourself wondering, just take a look at this picture.  On the left are the blocked cuffs.  On the right are the unblocked cuffs.

They’re small enough to make good standins for swatches.  See something of a difference between the two?  Which would you rather be basing your measurements on?  So, I know you’re impatient, and I know you’re eager to get started.  But I can’t stress enough how important it is to make a good swatch and then to block the swatch.  It’s totally worth it.

 

Nothing to See Here, Move Along

Lots of behind the scenes stuff going on around here, and not much I can talk about in any way that is even remotely interesting.  I know.  Bad blogger.  I’m sorry.

Rest assured, though, that there is good stuff happening.  Patterns for Book the Third are coming along swimmingly.  Book the second is being put on a boat and sent this way.  Mini book is clicking along too.  Progress is being made, but it’s largely administrative and organizational progress.  Important, but not exactly riveting for someone else to read about.

On the knitting front, things are similarly quiet.  I’ve finished the second green cuff.  I’m about half way through the second orange cuff and will likely finish it tonight if I have time to sit down and knit.  I’m also putting in the odd row or two on the cowl.  I’ll leave it to your imagination to fill in the details.  Aim for an image of an orange strip slightly shorter than the one shown in the last post, and an image of a cowl slightly longer than the one shown in the post from a week ago.  I think you’re up to it.

I need to get back to one project at  a time knitting.  This multiple project thing makes each project seem to take forever.  It’s all orange all the time until I’m done with those cuffs.