February 2, 2016

CraftLit's Crafty Chat - I'M MODERAT(ING)!

Caught you there, didn't I?  When in my life have I ever been known for moderation?  Well, now I'm going to be moderating the chat room for the Crafty Chat portion of CraftLit.

Here's a copy of Heather's announcement about it; come join us some Tuesday (today?)!



YouTube!

It's hard to put an audiobook onto YouTube (the fastest growing place to listen/watch) in any meaningful way, so, instead I'm putting the Crafty Chat there!
Every Tuesday at 10:30 Pacific, 11:30 Mountain, 12:30 Central, and 1:30 Eastern (and if you're not on either the N or S American continents you can go here to find your timeI'll be hopping on a LiveStream with Dawn (@CrochetCompulsive) and Erica (@EricaH64) who does the tricky dance of moderating the Live YouTube Chat!
That means you can talk with us!
This is the link to our next LiveStream (Feb 2nd, 2016):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iwcv0wdDjI.
I'll be pulling the audio for the Crafty Chat section of CraftLit from here each week. So if you watch the stream live, you can fast-forward over the crafty-chat on the regular podcast (or you can listen to see what bits of audio I used).

If there are weeks when we cannot stream, I'll be posting crafty news from YOU! Call in (+1-206-350-1642) and share your new craft, old craft, fave pattern, technique... you name it. I'll save audio up for weeks when the podcast is missing that special something that is YOU.
See you on YouTube!

(well, you'll see us...)

January 29, 2016

All Quiet on the Western Front*

All's pretty quiet over here:

Still waiting to hear from Knitty.

WE STILL NEED MORE CROCHET PATTERNS FOR DEFARGE DOES SHERLOCK.

Andrew got ordained so that he can officiate his co-worker's
wedding in May and have it be legit.





I banged out a little cardigan because our friends Martin and Jynette
just added an adorable seven-month-old daughter named Erika to their family.
I finished this garter stitch shawl, which I started in the car a few weeks ago
on a long road trip for my Aunt Ann's funeral in NV.
I'd show you a better picture, but I think I'm going to write up
the pattern (with some tweaks) for publishing.
I FINALLY started the blanket I promised Abby for Christmas 2014.
As you can see, I have a LONG way to go.

















































































Speaking of Abby...the poor kid has mono.  She had basically been sick since before Christmas, getting 85% better, then getting sick again continually.  Finally, when she got sicker again and got a fever this time, I had had enough and took her to the doctor.  She thought it was probably a sinus infection and gave her a five-day course of hefty antibiotic.  A week later, I had her back at the doctor's office because she still had a fever.  Doctor decided it must be virus, so we just had to ride it out.  By this point, the kid had missed more days of school in January than she had attended.  That night, we called the advice nurse because in a matter of a few hours, one of the lymph nodes in her neck had swollen to the size of a small fig, and she had developed several white blobs on her tonsils.  The doctor was surprised to see her back in the office the next morning, but called the swollen gland "impressive" and did blood work to see what the heck was up.  Verdict?  Mono.  What does this mean?  It means we just have to ride it out till she's better, unsure of when she'll be back at school.  Her teachers have been sending work home with her friends, who have also brought her assorted junk food snacks.  Meanwhile, she's sleeping till noon, and we've watched the first four "Paranormal Activity" movies.  Local peeps, she'd appreciate calls, texts, and any encouraging cards or snacks you can drop by.  (Boba!  Chai tea lattes!)  She feels like dirt, but she appreciates any human contact she can get.


*with apologies to Erich Maria Remarque

January 21, 2016

CROCHET PATTERNS NEEDED. Spread the word!

There is just over a month left to get your ideas in for A Madame and a Detective Walk Into a Bar (Defarge Does Sherlock)!  We have gotten many wonderful submissions, but we could really use more CROCHET patterns.  Madame Defarge's books are bi-craftual, and we'd hate to leave the crocheters of the world undersupported.

Here's the scoop:

Submission Themes: All submissions for Defarge Does Sherlock should be inspired by a Sherlock Holmes story. We are looking for both knit and crochet patterns.
Compensation/Support: Designers will be paid a percentage of sales, amount to be determined by number of patterns published. No “official” yarn support has been arranged, but yarn companies have typically been generous when approached by designers for past Defarge books.  We provide tech editing and photography.
Rights: Cooperative Press holds rights to patterns for 18 months, at which point rights revert back to designer.
Submission Requirements: Name of Sherlock Holmes story; craft; what type of item; general description. If we have questions, we’ll contact you.  Ideas must be submitted by February 29, 2016.  You will be notified on or before May 15, 2016 regarding acceptance.
Send to: Ideas should be submitted via this Google form.
Brief Description: Books in The Defarge Series consist of patterns and essays inspired by characters in classic literature (think: old enough to be in the public domain). Past themes have included Shakespeare and medieval literature. A sense of humor is a plus; we are the ones who published a design for a layette inspired by Rosemary’s Baby.  See www.wwmdfk.com for pictures of previously published patterns.

January 15, 2016

Same Old Stuff, Different Year

Let's see, since the new year has begun:

I submitted a design to Knitty (cross your fingers for me!).

Thing Two got her wisdom teeth out.



I went on a long roadtrip with my parents and sister to the Las Vegas area for my aunt's funeral. While it was a sad occasion (stupid cancer!), it was great to see my uncle and cousins.


I have another pattern out being tested and tech edited.  (Merino!  Cashmere!  Nylon!  Oh, my!)

Work continues on Defarge Gets Medieval.

Submissions are still coming in for Defarge Does Sherlock.  You still have a month to get your genius ideas in, so keep them coming!  We especially need more crochet items.

I had a minor mishap with the car yesterday.



So, like I said, pretty standard stuff....

January 1, 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Now WITH Clarifications!

A madame and a detective walked into a bar.... (Call for Submissions)

Finally, the moment the Cumberbatch-lovers have been waiting for: A Madame and a Detective Walked Into a Bar… Defarge Does Sherlock

Now that Defarge Gets Medieval is well underway, decisions need to be made about the last (yep, seriously, the last) book in the Defarge SeriesSherlock.

What does this mean for you: WE NEED PATTERNS.  If you’ve submitted a pattern already, double check that you’re listed HERE. If not, resubmit via this link and note that you submitted before. We’ll find the original submission by searching your email address or pattern name.  If you’re listed, then we have your pattern and all is well.


Submission Themes: All submissions for Defarge Does Sherlock should be inspired by a Sherlock Holmes story. We are looking for both knit and crochet patterns.
Compensation/Support: Designers will be paid a percentage of sales, amount to be determined by number of patterns published. No “official” yarn support has been arranged, but yarn companies have typically been generous when approached by designers for past Defarge books.  We provide tech editing and photography.
Rights: Cooperative Press holds rights to patterns for 18 months, at which point rights revert back to designer.
Submission Requirements: Name of Sherlock Holmes story; craft; what type of item; general description. If we have questions, we’ll contact you.  Ideas must be submitted by February 29, 2016.  You will be notified on or before May 15, 2016 regarding acceptance.
Send to: Ideas should be submitted via this Google form.
Brief Description: Books in The Defarge Series consist of patterns and essays inspired by characters in classic literature (think: old enough to be in the public domain). Past themes have included Shakespeare and medieval literature. A sense of humor is a plus; we are the ones who published a design for a layette inspired by Rosemary’s Baby.  See www.wwmdfk.com for pictures of previously published patterns.


December 15, 2015

Designs in the Wild - Simple (Striped) Comfort

To me, shawls feel like a hug.  Simple Comfort, as the name implies, is an easy knit you can make fairly quickly and give as a gift of comfort to someone who is hurting and needs a hug.

As written, the shawl is designed to use two close colors of sock yarn - a tonal and a solid - for a subtle striping effect in the lower garter section.

Here it is in its frilled "Girly Comfort" incarnation:

c. Caro Sheridan


















Here it is as "Striped Comfort":

c. Caro Sheridan

c. Caro Sheridan









































That is how it looks as written, but how does it look when knit with more distinctly different colors of yarn?  My friend Renee knit it this way, AND she blocked it differently, making distinct points at the increases.  It looks so different and so great!

c. Renee Rico




























YARN:  (MC) Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 462 yards / 100 grams), 1 skein;  (CC) Knit Picks Stroll Solids (75% Merino, 25% Nylon 231 yards / 50 grams), 1 skein.

NEEDLE:  US 6/4.0mm circular needle, at least 47" long

AVAILABLE:  As part of Defarge Does Shakespeare.  PDF on Ravelry.  Hard copy on Amazon.

December 11, 2015

A madame and a detective walked into a bar.... (Call for Submissions)

Finally, the moment the Cumberbatch-lovers have been waiting for: A Madame and a Detective Walked Into a Bar… Defarge Does Sherlock

Now that Defarge Gets Medieval is well underway, decisions need to be made about the last (yep, seriously, the last) book in the Defarge SeriesSherlock.

What does this mean for you: WE NEED PATTERNS.  If you’ve submitted a pattern already, double check that you’re listed HERE. If not, resubmit via this link and note that you submitted before. We’ll find the original submission by searching your email address or pattern name.  If you’re listed, then we have your pattern and all is well. 

If you haven’t yet but want to submit a pattern now, the real honest and true deadline is February 29th, 2016. Use THIS FORM to submit your pattern idea. We will let you know if your pattern has been selected on or before May 15th. 

We look forward to seeing your ideas!

Erica Hernandez, Editor
Heather Ordover, Editor Emerita
Cooperative Press







December 9, 2015

#BRPHOTOADAY and #RAPHOTOADAY - December, Week One

#BRPHOTOADAY

1 - All is Bright
Also RAPHOTOADAY 1 - Decorated
2 - Ornament



3 - Make Believe

4 - Shiny

5 - Nice

6 - Red

7 - Decorations

 #RAPHOTOADAY

2 - Joy

3 - Well, THIS Happened

4 - I Want This

5 - Christmas Colors

6 - This Past Year

7 - Procrastination Moment