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.

gramercy back small

Territory

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

pediment

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.

helper kitten helps

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.

kitty nap

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.

Tonal

I should be displaying impressive industry.  There are emails to write, yarns to select, stores to contact, swatches to knit.  In short, there are things to do.  But I regret to inform you that I will be doing none of those things for the next few minutes.  Because there is also this.

tonalA rare moment of kitten calm.  I’m going to bask in it while it lasts.  I’m sure you’ll all understand.  A moment like this needs to be documented for posterity.

Proof

I’m not the sort to make the bed.  I really have a hard time seeing the point.  My bed is not a decorative object, it is an object of use.  Making the bed makes it prettier, but less useful.  I’m opposed to this on philosophical grounds (it’s the same objection I have to many of the world’s more ludicrous shoes…they may make me prettier, but they also make me less useful).  I’m also deeply lazy.  So I more or less never make the bed.  I did, shockingly, make an exception for the new duvet covers.  Just this once mind you.

It was more or less instantly claimed by Kitten Overlord Barry.

Completely gratuitous cute kitten shot.

But lest you get any unfounded notions about the general state of my housekeeping, this is what it will usually look like.

 

Effective

Barry and Levon would like you to know that they, too, are making contributions to the current sewing project.  They’re doing their very best to fuzz up the place.  They are quite effective.

And Mr. Random Number Generator would like you to know that Leslie has won Rachel’s lovely book.  Thanks to everyone who entered, and special thanks to Rachel for making such fantastic socks!

Out the Door

I’m out the door bright and early this morning and on my way to TNNA.  This afternoon is booth set up, this evening is stiff drinks and catching up with friends.  I’m looking forward to it.  Levon, on the other hand, does not seem to approve.  He thinks I just got home and have no business heading out again so soon.  I’m not totally sure he’s wrong…

Hah, AS I was typing the above, Barry and Douglas came to join the party.  Why have one kitten when you can have three!  Note, this kitten configuration is unstable and did not last long.  But this way there will at least be some ambiguity about which cat’s hair is on my shirt at TNNA.