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You may see several covers, it's a long process...

We’ve Made HISTORY!

Well, it’s FINALLY ready for pre-order from Cooperative Press!

Hmm, which cover will end up on the book?

Please note that this book is available only for PRE-ORDER.

All purchasers will immediately receive a one-page preview PDF, followed by the full digital book download within a couple of weeks.

Printed copies will ship by late December or before.

THANKFUL

I’ve been quiet, but it’s because I’ve been COOKING!

We had an AMAZING Thanksgiving; excellent food, wonderful family time, lots of rest and lots of laughing!  The only thing that could have made it better would have been house guests, but we just weren’t confident of Gerry’s pain levels or my energy levels to open ourselves up to perhaps disappoint friends.

We needn’t have worried – dinner was spectacular (just enough, all tasty, not a ton of leftovers!) and pain/energy levels held pretty steady all weekend.

Pacing, that must be the key!

I will admit, though, it was very nice to know that I could stop and recharge my batteries with a quick nap whenever I wanted to.

Time at home like this can fool me into believing that I have no exhaustion issues; it’s just when I travel and need to accommodate someone else’s schedule that it becomes crystal clear how small my energy reservoir has become.

OFF AGAIN

I’m heading off for NYC/NJ to teach a few classes.  I’m anxious to see how family and friends have fared in the aftermath of Sandy, and to touch base with the place that was my home for 30 years.

If you’ll be in the area on Dec 1 or 2, you can catch a class with me  on New Directions In Knitting With Color (including creating the groovy plaid shown at right):

Knitty City
208 West 79th St,  NYC 10024
(212) 787-5896
Sat, Dec 1 at 5pm
Knit-A-Bit
66 Elm St # 2  Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 301-0053
Sun, Dec 2 at 1pm

I hear the classes are filling well, so if you want a space I’d call right away if I were you.

Isn’t that Special…?

Click to download your own 5-page Special Techniques section to peruse and share!

History on Two Needles is moving along VERY well, amazingly well, and I’m astounded at how the outpouring of support (financial and moral) from the Kickstarter was able to kick ME in the butt and get this thing finished!

I have photos from the book up at the HoTN website, and I’ve begun integrating the new  individual pattern layouts from the book into my pattern-for-sale website.

The Black Prince Hood is the first one.  The next time someone buys that pattern from my site, they’ll get the HoTN version of the pattern PLUS the Special Techniques Section.

Did Someone Say Free?

In the Special Techniques Section I include the information necessary to create the patterns in History on Two Needles.  I feel it would be helpful to all knitters (especially those who knit a bit odd) in that I have a – unique – way of looking at some basic techniques.

So as my gift to you, I’m giving you a pdf of the Special Techniques Section.  I hope you’ll enjoy it!  Please bear in mind that EVERY designer/teacher has their own favorite way of doing some techniques, I am not alone in this*

The way I describe certain things may seem odd – not mainstream – to some knitters, but these are the ways I’ve found that work best for me.

*Knitting is not a dogmatic, theoretical endeavor.  Like any practical pursuit, it’s open to interpretation and improvement.

 

Hey, Remember Me?

Sorry I ducked out for a week – life is INCREDIBLY BUSY.

GIGS

It’s going to be a VERY full Autumn and Winter for me!  I’m taking on as much teaching as I think I can handle, fibromyalgia and keeping the home fires burning notwithstanding, so if you want to catch me here are your best chances!

There are also 2 spaces left in my Fall Minnesota Retreat on Oct 19-21, it will be a very homey, warm, fun time with double knitting as our theme and FUN as our goal!

TECH HISTORY

My Sketch of Tissot’s Painting

History on Two Needles (when tweeting use hashtag #HoTN) is coming along BEAUTIFULLY!

All of the photography is finished, the layout is looking good – hopefully not confusing, just well balanced and easy to follow – and the tech editing is some of the happiest I’ve ever been involved in.

I work / design / write differently from many folks.  This isn’t unusual, being individual types of folks, we ALL tend to do some things our own way.  My own unusual style of knitting (Combination Knitting) is the source of some of my differences as a pattern writer, but even more pertinent is my feeling that just about anyone who invests money and time into buying yarn and a pattern is committed and intelligent enough to NOT be talked down to.

My problem with many knitting patterns is that they both talk down to a knitter (spelling some things out in painful detail, which can be more confusing than a clear illustration) while at the same time they sail over many knitter’s heads (using terms and making assumptions about things that ‘everybody knows!’ when – in fact – everybody may NOT know some of the unmentioned stuff…)

London in London in Tissot

My friend London wearing the finished Tissot Shrug

Often I’ll send a pattern in for tech editing and I’ll get back an unrecognizable set of pages with math fixed (thank you!) and verbiage changed (no, thank you…) for no good reason except it doesn’t fit into a ‘style.’

I will take clarity over style any day!

97% of tech eds I know are GREAT, most tech editors I work with are the unsung hero(ines) of any knitting publication, making patterns readable and usable by knitters and getting little more than grief and headaches for their hard work!

But there are a very few editors whose contempt for my unorthodox way of explaining things is palpable when I read their comments.  Or when I see what they’ve crossed out and changed (which speaks louder than any comments can!)

Most annoying is the rare tech ed who will begin changing things before reading through an entire pattern.  Among this narrow sub set are the very, very few who will email me with problems and changes before they’ve read to the end of a pattern.

This is beyond annoying, and I’ve learned to just ignore those first few emails because, eventually, I will get one that reads, “Oh!  I got to the 3rd page of your pattern and NOW I understand why you explained X like this and Y like that!”

But enough of my complaining.  As I’ve said above, most tech editors I work with are amazing, and my goal here is not to damn the hard-working lot of them.

My goal here is to praise the amazing tech ed I’m currently working with.  Or with whom I’m currently working.  I’ll leave that stuff to someone else…

Tech editing en route

Kate Atherley is well known in the knitting community as Wise Hilda, but I hadn’t worked so intimately with her before Shannon Okey at Cooperative Press fixed us up to work on History on Two Needles.

I love working with Kate.

She gets it.

Kate gets that I write about knitting things in an unusual way, that I use different terminology (and she doesn’t try to change it!) and she’s not just okay with it, she is 100% along for the ride!

Or, maybe 95% along for the ride, but she doesn’t try to make me turn off unless she REALLY needs a bathroom break.

Kate’s math is right on, she catches great mistakes without making me feel like a great moron, and is quick as a wink.

I love working with Kate.

This book has taken me over 4 years to complete, not in small part because I couldn’t find [was scared to look for] a tech editor who wouldn’t make me feel like the knitting equivalent of a wild-eyed, bomb throwing anarchist who can’t add.

Kate makes me feel like a slightly eccentric, differently-seeing designer who makes understandable math errors every now and then.  No bombs involved.

Hm, 2 ‘bomb’ references…
My blog is now being monitored
by the Dept of Homeland Security…

And that, my friends, is the difference between respect and finger wagging (from both sides) and I love working with Kate for this reason.

THE GIVEAWAY

We’re talking about the brown skein at the bottom

I have one more skein of Buffalo Wool that I’m willing to part with!  I have a nice stash of it that I’m using for a few designs, the skeins I’m parting with are exceptional yarn that I can’t use in a design, or have been discontinued.

My hope is that when you win this yarn you’ll knit it up, talk about it, blog about it, show it off and bring in more converts to the Buffalo Gold Cult Family.

This is a GOOD one!

It’s Buffalo Gold #11 Laceweight, 400 yds/50gr, 100% American Bison Down.  You will fall in LOVE with this.

It must be used for something amazing.  Let me know what you want to knit up with this, and you may be the lucky winner!

 

The Winners of the Buffalo Gold Earth-Lite Are…

Jodie & Cheryl!

Totally picked at random, the winners of the two skeins of yarn (1 skein each) are Jodie and Cheryl – CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you EVERYONE for playing my game, and thank you also for the Happy Birthday Wishes!  My birthday was yesterday, which is why I didn’t get online until late in the day.

Actually, I didn’t do anything very personal, but I did have my knitting group over for our monthly meeting and utilized the group members to model some of the final pieces for History on Two Needles.  A delightful evening was had by all (I hope!)

Stay tuned for another GREAT giveaway later this week!

PAIN

I was in a show almost 20 years ago in NY (an amateur theater production, nothing professional) where I had a small chorus part.  It was the musical “BABY!” (the exclamation point is key) and I had a funny bit where I sang about having many, many kids.

Another brief little bit was another choruster singing, “PAIN! The thing I cannot stand is PAIN! I told the doctor, ‘PUT ME OUT!'”

And that’s how I’ve felt this week.

It has been the most pain filled week I’ve had since I was diagnosed with Fibro.  Why this relatively sudden slide back into painville, I have no idea.

Many theories have been proposed;

  • Was it the single piece of bread I ate last Wednesday? (It came with a salad at the Minnesota Historical Society cafe and I held back until I put the tray on the return conveyor belt, then grabbed the bread as it was zooming away toward the dishwasher.)
  • Could it be pollen, or some other seasonal allergen that’s come to fruition in late August / Early September?  I don’t remember this happening last year…
  • Perhaps it was the 5 hours of standing/walking when I went to the political rally last week, compounded with the 4 hours of standing/walking at the MN State Fair this past week?
  • Or maybe my fibromyalgia is moving to a different level?

For those of you who may be new to the blog, I was diagnosed with Fibro almost 4 years ago and figured out soon after that one of my strong triggers for a flare up was wheat / gluten products.  I’ve been gluten free for 3+ years, but I have my moments of falling off the wagon.  Wheat Flour, I can’t stay mad at you…

Also, for those of you who may not be familiar with Fibro, it’s a REAL condition whereby the body acts as though it’s experiencing the worst flu ever. 

When I have a flare-up, I run a fever, my throat gets sore (usually that’s the first sign), I get body aches (in my joints and muscles especially), and I just feel wretched.

In all honesty, I feel that I’ve been slowly moving to this for a few months.  Movement’s been harder, pain’s been more frequent and intense, and even a long bike ride hasn’t been able to assuage it.  I’m off for a long ride today to my allergist for my monthly asthma Xolaire shot, and I’m going to ask him if there have been any indicators to link fibro pain with that drug (this will be my fourth month on the drug)

Well, aren’t you glad you stopped by for Fibro Chat?

HISTORY

The book is coming along very well, layouts are looking great, the tech editor is moving through the patterns (now I have to do the hard job of actually ANSWERING her questions!) and the photography is pretty much finished.  YAY!

As soon as I have dummy layouts I’ll be contacting folks who Kickstarter Pledged at the ‘name a pattern’ level and the ‘dedicate the book’ level with so they can give me their creative input in the form of pattern names and dedication!

I’m SO excited about this book, I can’t stand it!  It’s looking so great, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the ‘fun part’ of the book.  It makes me think I should look for a job in graphics (I’m becoming quite Adobe CS savvy!)