Whew! What a whirlwind couple of weeks! Shortly after my last post, I finished up one of the secret projects I have been working on and sent it off to its new home. It was a sample sweater done on behalf of a designer, for publication later this year. I don't know a better way to say it, but I was just tickled to have the opportunity! I'll let you know when it comes out.
My other, larger, secret project is still on the go and still taking up SO. MUCH. TIME. But it's good and fun (and a little nerve-wracking) and I'm learning a lot. Hopefully I can reveal more about this in the next month or so.
These two projects (and a few days of migraine-ish headaches) have sort of slowed down my personal knitting time. Ironically, I was able to distract myself from my headaches by working on very complex lace. I know, right! (Dear god, I am officially a Californian. I just wrote out "I know, right!" Shoot me now.) ... (Not that being a Californian is a bad thing. But I try to maintain a level of dignity and sophistication, and uttering things like "I know, right!" or "That's the way I roll" - which you may remember was the phrase I chose to use at a job interview last spring to impress upon the interviewers my ability to handle complex emergency situations - kind of thwarts any attempt to convince people of these aspects.) ... (Come to think of it, I do A LOT of things that make me look like a fool. In the past two days I have: tripped on a sidewalk because I was looking at a tree instead of the ground in front of me, and only saved myself from a very public face plant by grabbing onto a picket fence for dear life; rolled over my own toe with the office chair I was sitting on at the time, and managed to get said toe jammed up in the wheel well; discovered, as I was getting ready for bed last night, that I had been wearing my underwear inside out all day without realizing it. Oh, and I guess now you can add "publicly shared my embarrassments to anyone with internet access" to that list.)
But I was talking about lace, right? Behold, my latest project: Laminaria. I'm only two rows away from the bind off. I'm going to miss this knit once I'm done! I wasn't expecting it to be quite so complex, but I can honestly say that it is the most complicated thing I have ever knitted. That's not to say that it was hard, but it definitely required concentration. I tried not to watch movies while working on it, and listened to podcasts instead. And speaking of podcasts, why has no one ever recommended Craft Lit to me?!? I know, I have no one to blame but myself. Craft Lit is one of those names that I hear all the time but for some reason never bothered to check out. Well I'm glad I finally woke up! I love it! In case there is a reader out there who is not familiar with Craft Lit: it is a podcast created by a former English teacher named Heather Ordover. She talks about knitting and crafting and so on, but then also plays a few chapters each episode of a book from LibriVox. She gives wonderful background on the authors and the settings and it is all so lovely and professional and I am so excited that I have 131 episodes to listen to! I know, obsess much?
Well, this post was supposed to be a review of Yarn Forward but it looks like I got off-track (was I ever on the track?). Next time, I promise!