Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Hand Me Down

Madeline and I have been away from Lucky Penny HQ for a few days.  We are taking care of the little dogs at my friend's place while she is away.  Here's the thing about three dogs--it's three times the work!  It's discouraged me from having more than one dog.  I honestly don't think that Mad misses the company of other dogs.   Yesterday, before I walked Dora by herself (she does not want to keep up with the others), I put one of Mad's sweaters on her.  A perfect fit!  As Madeline has lots of sweaters, I've decided that little Dora can keep this one.   I knit this two years ago in Noro Hitsuji, which I'm disappointed to report, has been discontinued.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Instagram: The Photos Have Filters, the People Don't

I've mentioned before how much I love Instagram.  So when I get stung, it really hurts.  I follow cute dogs, and knitwear designers mostly.  I post a lot of Madeline wearing her hand knits.  Whenever I'm in a bookstore and see my book on a shelf, I rearrange it so it stands front and center, and record it.  A person who commented asked about the availability of my patterns, and I mentioned the book.  A few days later, she commented on an older photo of my book about the (few) negative Amazon reviews.  I don't know if there's a mechanism for deleting the comment.  I certainly didn't want to leave it up for the world to see.  What if a publisher saw it?  The only thing I could think to do was delete the photo, and block the user.  Nice to have the internet as a shield, user Z.  Fuck you.  Behind every photo, there is a person with feelings.  You chose not to purchase my book based on some negative reviews, then behind the shield of anonymity, pissed on my Instagram feed.  Since you scrolled down to an old posting, you clearly had given the act some thought.
I was gifted this yarn from my employer, who got it on a trip to Toronto.  A cashmere blend from Americo.  I love it.  The hat pattern is from the Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting.  I love it.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not Called Pet Knits, Not in Any Language

I have been stalking this book on European ebay sites ever since I knew of it's existence.  This was a limited release to some sort of book club in 2012.  A few weeks ago I connected with a German Ravelry user who seamlessly procured and sent it off to me.  Color me happy.  I spent a lot of time trying to get this.
A few months ago, I had an encounter in the store with a Knitting Diva.  Who makes proclamations on Facebook that they have no confidence or that they are leaving so all the fans chime in with affirmations.  We had met a few times over the years, but at first this person pretended not to know me.  I was introduced to the companion as the writer of a book called Pet Knits.  A total diss.  The title of this post is what I should have said.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Happy Occasion

A few weeks ago, I posted about the passing of two years since the loss of my Piccolo.  This weekend marks two years of living with Miss Mad!  Look at that happy little face.  She's such a silly little character.  After time away, I just can't wait to see her.  She's here to keep me happy.  I feel fortunate to be the one taking care of her.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Finish Something, Finish Anything

Taking more items off my list.  I made the patchwork part of the shams last year, and had them long arm quilted.  This was another project that I didn't want to pack, and finish at the new address.  I love the fraternal quality of these shams.  As an added bonus, I used some Laura Ashley home dec cotton that may have been in my stash for over twenty years.
About the new address--there still isn't one yet.  I could scream.  Please no unsolicited advice unless you are offering an apartment, and want to pay for me to move there.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Finish Something, Finish Anything

Tick tock.  I feel so overwhelmed by everything I have to do.  October 1 is the deadline, and we still need to find a destination for Lucky Penny HQ.  The Man is completely shut down over this issue, so the logistics and I fear, the funding, is going to fall on me.  There are projects that I want done so I don't need to finish them in the new place.  One was a book proposal, which is sent.  Now I wait.  I'm considering sending it out to some more publishers.  Another is a sewn piece that lines a knitted bag that I completely procrastinated on.  I'm going to be finished with that shortly.  Most of what I want done before the move are the sewing projects on my list.  In case I have to give up a sewing space.
Two new dog sweater prototypes are in the works.  For one, I taught myself a tubular cast on for a 2 X 2 rib.  This yarn is my new crush, Dream in Color Calm.  Intense color, it feels luscious, and smells good.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I Must Acknowledge

I can't let August 22nd go by without mentioning this.  Two years ago my Piccolo left me.  The pain of her loss has healed somewhat.  Not a day goes by that she isn't in my thoughts, but mostly as a happy memory.  Lots of things have changed since her death, including adopting my Mad, who is the happiest little addition to the household, and the impending departure from this place that didn't turn out to be the home that I wished for.   This photo is from 2008, with Piccolo curled up on a freshly made quilt that's currently on our bed.