Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Shape is OUT!


I just finished the shaping chapter and it's off on the way to the editor. All of the illustrations, etc., are also finished, sent off with the chapter (I do raw illustrations for their art folks to reinterpret in the style of the book) and that was a hard birth, baby!

I don't know why it took me so long to get my thoughts gathered for this piece. I've been working on notes and the small drawings for it for weeks, but just didn't seem able to get it down on paper. Or, rather, on keyboard.

In the middle of all the angst received a lovely piece of working jewelry from two friends, Darcy & Leslie, a cable needle necklace.
And I spent far too much time playing with it!

Of course, I don't use cable needles - but it's a lovely piece to wear. I'm curious to see if the TSA folks give me a hard time as I go through security...

I need to pack, to get my seat assignment tomorrow morning and I'll be taking off on Thursday. Tomorrow I'll treat myself to a manicure
(not really a luxury as I'm teaching all weekend and into next week!) and get ready for my trip to Oregon.

I'll be teaching at TKGA over the weekend
September 12
9/12/2008 3:00 pm, booth 406 Abundant Yarn

September 13 - 14
Combination Knitting
FULL 9/13/2008 9:00 AM
Embellishments Still Room 9/13/2008 2:00 PM
Love your Lace! Almost Full! 9/14/2008 9:00 AM
Cable Mania Few Spots Left (Look Mom, No Needle!) 9/14/2008 2:00 PM
And at Unraveled Fine Yarns in Vancouver, WA on Monday
September 15
Increases & Decreases
9/15/2008 1:00 PM
Knit with Courage Lecture FULL 9/15/2008 7:00 PM
Then on Tuesday I fly to Cleveland to tape a segment of Knitting Daily TV with Cathy from Signature Needles and teach a few classes at my friend Shannon Okey's studio, Stitch Cleveland.
Combination Knitting 9/17/2008 7:00 PM
Combination Knitting 9/18/2008 2:00 PM
Universal Mitered Bag / Modular Knitting 9/18/2008 7:00
Now that my article is done, I can settle into to finish the setups for the segment. I'm demonstrating colorwork using the new Signature dpn's, and the project I'll be demonstrating with are some fingerless mitts worked up in either sock weight or worsted weight yarn. I wanted to work something up that wasn't tied to any one yarn, and could be universal, able to be knit up in a few different weights.

For the demonstration I wanted to find a beautiful, heavy worsted that would look lovely on TV and also show the stitches well, and I knew just where to find it!

I use my friend London's hand spun yarn in my classes for just this reason, so I asked her if I could use some of her yarn in the segment. She's branching out, spinning more and more (and dyeing a lot of new stuff, too) and sells her stuff on etsy.

I just love her colors, they make me giddy happy!
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Blogger Stephanie M said...

I am bummed that I had to cancel out of your classes at TKGA due to shoulder issues, but the weather is looking lovely, Portland is pretty dang walkable, and I hope you have a wonderful time in Stumptown USA. Too bad you can't take your bike, it's very bike friendly. And beer friendly, too.

September 09, 2008 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Sue B said...

That's my friend Leslie's cable needle necklace!!! Actually she is a long time friend of my husband & she's been my friend since the day I met her 12 years ago. She is a great person and magnificant artisan jewler. She made my engagment ring and our wedding rings. As a matter of fact, she insisted on making his ring fresh while we waited in her studio watching rather than adapting one she already had made up in her shop. They were great wedding gifts. As for the TSA, try carring the needle in your seprate bag of wires for your electronics. It blended right in on the xray when I brought mine back from our visit in May. Don't wear it thru security or try to wear it on the plane. Why ask for trouble when the TSA hands it out for free. These things are just beautiful and great to work with and wear. Enjoy, Sue B

September 10, 2008 12:20 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Have a good trip! I'm hoping to take one of your classes in Rhode Island in November!

September 10, 2008 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Lorajean said...

Last time you were in Portland I was trying to go into labor! Now I have a happy bouncing boy that's four months old!! Hopefully we'll run into you at TKGA and he can give you a smile! It will make your day!

September 10, 2008 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Okay ... I want to know your secret ... most of us, after a 17 mile bike ride would take a day off to nurse our aching muscles ! You are energized enough to finish a creative and difficult project ... what vitamins are you taking !!!

September 10, 2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I really hope I DO see your baby - 4 months is such a perfect age!


September 10, 2008 10:22 AM  
Blogger Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Iam so glad you like the necklace. I love London's yarn yummy:) let me know if you are ever in southern california. I would love to see you.Hugs Darcy

September 10, 2008 10:40 AM  
Anonymous tracy3xl said...

Looking forward to meeting you Monday night at Lisa's (Unraveled)! -Tracy

September 10, 2008 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing the relief you feel when you FINALLY finish something that has been hanging over your head for what seems forever? Good for you. Mary in cincinnati

September 10, 2008 3:46 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i'm soooooooo behind on my blogs, and i'm glad i decided to make the commitment to read all of them to catch up, rather than just click "mark all as read" because i found your friend london! thanks a ton!

October 20, 2008 10:43 PM  

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