Behind the scenes

I am a firm believer in easy.  And one of the things I do to keep things easy is find a handy, neutral background somewhere with good light and take most of my blog photos there.  You’re here to look at the stitches, not the scenery, so there’s not much point in tromping off to somewhere picturesque to show you ‘look, six more rounds of this hat/sock/whatever.’

In the Cleveland house, it was the top of the porch railing.  You can see a bit of it here, and it was the background in pretty much every close up shot while we were there.

But the porch railing stayed in Cleveland, so I needed something new here.  Luckily, this house came with a fair bit of yard.  And, down by the water, there are lots and lots of handy rocks.  So, not too long after we got here, one of the rocks found its way to the deck outside my office.  And then, when it got to be winter (and the broken leg kept me from spending much time on the porch in the snow), the rock came inside.  It lives next to the big glass door (so there is lots of good light), up on a little step stool (so it’s a good height for photos).

And there it sits, being the background for pretty much all the blog photos I’ve done lately.  Seriously just about every picture of knitting laying around on a gray background is that rock.  It works great.  Until now…because now…well…Levon has decided this is not my photo shelf, it’s his lounging shelf.

I may need a second rock.

Helpful

Kitten Overlord Levon wants to be sure that we are all aware of his work in the furtherance of the knitting cause.  He is worried Kitten Overlord Douglas may steal too much attention, so he asked me to mention just how hard he works to keep me firmly settled in my seat, busily cooking up new projects.  He guards my tea and delicately pats my knee with one paw if I do anything as ill considered as getting up.

teaHe does ask, however, that we not discuss the small whisker in cream incident that occurred shortly after this picture was taken.  Even he cannot resist all temptation.

And just so it’s not all kittens all the time, I’ll sneak in with a tiny bit of knitting.  The pattern for these is coming back out tomorrow (yay!).  As always, mailing list folks will get a shiny discount code.  If you’re not already on the list, you can sneak on now and get all the info when stuff comes out.

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Unimpressed

Kitten Overlord Douglas is decidedly unimpressed by my sink full of soaking socks.

enthusedI, on the other hand, am totally impressed and looking forward to some serious sock pictures over the next few weeks.  I’ll see what I can do about the furball’s attitude, but enthusiasm is notoriously hard to generate in cats.

Territory

Exactly what part of “Go away, this is my chair” did you not understand?

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We Regret to Inform You

We regret to inform you that the blog has been canceled for the day due to emergency kitten cuteness.  I had a choice.  I could either do something productive and diligent and businesslike.  Or I could entertain this kitten.  The kitten won.  I’m sure you understand.

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Helper Kittens

I believe I’ve mentioned the importance of bins to my organizational scheme.  They really are quite central to the overall structure of my world.  Each book gets two bins, one for the yarn and swatches, and one for the finished pieces.  Watching the bins fill and empty is how I mark the progress of the books.

And yet, at the moment, I find myself with two empty bins (because Curls just finished up, and the next book is all ready for its photo shoot and so put tidily away,  Curls 2 is in progress, and the yarn for the book after that hasn’t started arriving yet).  Barry and Levon are quite content with this arrangement and have suggested I make it permanent.

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Nap

Kitten Overlords Barry and Levon would like you to relax.  They think you very likely need a bit of a rest.  To help you in this quest, they will demonstrate a high quality napping strategy.  Please pay close attention.

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Nibble

I have a process.  I have a very specific process.  First I get yarn, then I swatch, then I write up a shockingly structured page of notes, then I type up the pattern.  The swatch and the page of notes and the label are all stapled together (with my nifty staple-free stapler…no actual staples needed, it makes a hole to tie the swatch through, so clever it hurts).  The result looks something like this.

swatches and notesThat is the process.  There is no changing the process.  There is no questioning the process.  It works beautifully.  I have everything I could need in one lovely pile.  It’s easy to keep track of and easy to refer to.  It’s a good system.

Unless, that is, you have a kitten.  A kitten with very bad habits when it comes to yarn (later events made it quite clear that the yarn fiend in question is Barry, but the details of those events will be left to the reader’s imagination).  If you have such a kitten, you may face a nibbling issue.

nibbled swatchIn which case the tail you intentionally left nice and long to tie to your page of notes may get chomped right off.  Now this is clearly not an insurmountable obstacle, and I can think of several solutions.  But it is an excellent reason to glower at Barry and question his decision making skills.  And possibly a reminder to put my notes away on a higher shelf.

Helper Kitten

The e version is live (meaning if you’ve bought it, you should get an email and likely a ravelry message saying you can update your file).  I hope you all like it as much as I do!

And now that that part is done, the putting books in envelopes part can begin.  Levon has graciously agreed to keep me company while I work on this…very kind of him, it’s a big project!  (Don’t worry, he only plays in the empty boxes, he doesn’t get to mess with the books.)

levon helpsOh, and because someone will ask, even if you missed out on the early preorder, you can still get a special deal on the paper book.  It’s available for 10% off the regular price (plus a free pattern of your choice, and of course you always get the eversion free when you buy the paper book from me) from now through June 26.