Keeping Me Busy

My days are so full. This is the short list of the things that I have been working on.

  • My sister and I set up a booth at a local craft fair. She is an amazingly talented jewelry maker and had so many beautiful pieces to sell. I had been sewing headbands and little tote bags for a week, as well as knitting some headbands and market bags. I also had some needlefelted toys to decorate the table that had price tags on them, just in case someone wanted to buy them.  It was a ton of work and a total disappointment. I sold only enough to buy us all lunch, and my sis didn’t do much better.  Plus, it was hot and the kids were great until near the end when they started getting cranky. I confess, I was getting cranky too. I was pretty bummed, but I am still excited about the next booth. It’ll be better.
  • I am test knitting for NEEDdesigns again. I love testing for her and have tested two of her baby things in the past (one is blogged here and the other never got blogged, but the Rav page is here). This is it so far. It’ll be a newborn sweater for my knitting buddy who is expecting.
  • I also knit this for the same baby. I should think of more to say about it, but I am not in the mood. See my Rav project page for details.
  • There are three new patterns in my head, swirling around and begging to be written. We will see what happens with that.
  • The garden is coming along nicely. I gave each of the kids their own plot of land in which to plant whatever they chose. They are responsible to weed and water and tend to their gardens. We are all very excited (me included) to see the sprouts and we are dreaming of strawberries and tomatoes and zuccini. Now if only we could keep the deer out.
  • Crochet may be the stupidest invention ever, and it hurts my wrists to even think about it, but when I saw this pattern to make flip-flops, I didn’t even hesitate. It comes in handy that The Man works at a hardware store and can bring home jute twine for me whenever I have the need.
  • The magazine (book? newsletter? whatever) that I am writing is in testing and I eagerly await the verdict. Will my testers like it? Will they think that it is crap? Did I work all that time on something that no one will want to read? We shall see….

All of that on top of homeschooling (almost done with this school year!), housekeeping (I rearranged the furniture and don’t think that I like it), cooking (what is for dinner tonight, anyway?), and throwing a little baby shower today. Whew!

What’s keeping you busy these days?

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Looking for A Guinea Pig

I am working on a new endeavor. I am writing a magazine of sorts. Or maybe a book that is released one chapter at a time. I don’t know the details just yet.

It will focus on knitting, of course. There will be tutorials and patterns in each issue, as well as essays on knitting and some humor sprinkled in.

The master plan includes a knitted quilt pattern, which will be released one block at a time over 27 issues (every two weeks over a one year subscription).

What I am looking for today is a guinea pig or two, who will proof read and test knit the entire ten pages of the first issue. I need some feedback and a critical eye.

The first issue is ready to be tested, minus one photo which I hope to get taken this week. I need a tester who can knit an intarsia square in four colors (fingering weight) and a lace head band in bulky weight (by chart or written, preferably both). I will have a questionaire to fill out after it has been read and the patterns have been knitted.

I don’t mean to be snobby, but I would like to use someone who has been following my blog for some time and with whom I am a little familiar.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, please contact me on Ravelry here or message me on Facebook here.

Thanks!

Update: I have all the testers I need. Thank you!