October 2, 2015



Wendy's got a new book coming out!

Yes, Wendy Bernard has a new book coming out.  Her last book, Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary is an incredibly useful resource.  This one comes out in late April...just in time for Mother's Day 2016 (nudges offspring).

In other knitting news...hmmm...not a lot of "public" knitting I can show you.

Some cashmere baby slippers for one of Andrew's
co-workers.  I used leftover Pepperberry Knits
yarn from a soon-to-be-published pattern.

A random dishcloth because I wanted to knit
during the football game, but it was evening,
and my "real" project was in a nearly-black
charcoal grey, which I can only see properly
during the day.

A bagful of swatches.  This is about as much
detail as I can show you at the moment.

More Swatches

So, back I go to the swatches.  I'm kind of stuck on something because I'm designing it with a gradient yarn in mind for "the real thing", but I don't happen to have any gradient on-hand right now (I gave my one precious skein to a test-knitter).  Somebody block my computer from going to Fresh From the Cauldron or KnitCircus, quick!

September 29, 2015

She Was Just Seventeen...

Last Tuesday, Thing One turned 17, so I've been going around singing "I Saw Her Standing There" ever since.

It was a low-key birthday this year.  We had the usual morning festivities:

After a slightly rushed traditional family +1 dinner at Red Robin, she had her senior portrait appointment at school (appointment times are assigned, not chosen).  I know some parents go to watch, etc., but I wanted to be surprised when we got the the proofs, so I didn't.

The next day was an early-release day from school, so the plan was for Thing One's squad to come over, eat pizza, and watch a movie.  Unfortunately, between work schedule conflicts and illnesses, only one person ended up being able to come over.  I really liked this kid...until she said that "The Princess Bride" was only OK.

Saturday, we had family (with a few notable absences) over for home-cured ham, ice cream cake, and general celebrating.  I was so busy playing hostess that I didn't take a single picture while folks were here.

She's not a little kid any more....

September 26, 2015

Saturday Sundries


Guy 1:  You have iPads in the afterlife?
Guy 2:  iPads?  We have Steve Jobs!


So, my knitting friends, coupla questions for you:

  1. When you purchase patterns at a fiber festival, whether small like CFR or huge like Stitches, do you want to buy hard copies, or look at a hard copy, then buy the PDF?
  2. What makes a collection of patterns attractive to you?  Value (buying the collection is significantly less expensive than buying the patterns individually) or there being a specific number of patterns that you think you'd get around to making?
BTW, watch this space for two new patterns coming soon!  Another one will be released in October at CogKnitive Fiber Retreat (it will be available in the Dizzy Blonde Studios booth).


According to a Facebook memory, six years ago this week was when I went out and bought my celebratory "I Hit My Goal Weight" outfit.  I then proceeded to lose another 15 pounds because I hadn't realized where my body really needed to be (understandable, considering I had never been at a healthy weight before in my life!).  Sadly, six years and much...uh..."change"...later I'm a few pounds above that rock bottom weight, but I'm still well below that original goal.  You would think I'd be used to it by now, but even this week, I got a little thrill when I heard someone describe me as "tiny". Even after all this time, I feel like I'm fooling people or something.  Weird.

Thing One had her senior portrait session this week.  She's a SENIOR.  HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

One of our "extra daughters" got married last Saturday, and we're so happy for them!  The wedding was so much fun, and I even got Andrew to dance with me for longer than he normally would.

Speaking of extra daughters, it makes me so happy when one of the girls' friends comes over, and greets us with, "Hello, Family!"  We certainly don't have the largest, fanciest, or even the cleanest home on the block, but if my daughters' friends are so comfortable here that they feel like part of the family, then I consider my homemaking successful.

September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday

My great-grandparents (on my mom's side) are in the center of the back row.  I love this picture - so much to look at!  I particularly like how just one woman is looking at the camera.

Not sure of the date on this.  By how young my great-grandparents look and by the clothes, I'd guess it was the very end of the 1800's.

Mille grazie to my cousin Akhila for forwarding this on to me!

September 22, 2015

No More Braces!

The nekkid teeth will go well with her band uniform.

September 8, 2015

40% Off Selected Cooperative Press Books

We're closing down...

...our warehouse & direct sales.

Sorry. Didn't mean to scare you. Cooperative Press itself isn't going anywhere. We'll still be publishing the books you love, but some changes are on the way. Here's a summary, and a 40% discount on selected books for you.
  • Get 40% off PRINT copies of these books with code 40PERCENT until 15 September. Please make sure you've chosen Print+PDF and not PDF-only from the drop down menu!
Why & how...
  • Fulfillment costs are rising faster and higher than we can afford. In other words, the amount of money it costs us to sell you a book, from shipping copies to the warehouse from the printer, to paying people to ship those individual books and other customer service costs.
  • This cuts into the money we have to produce new books and pay fair royalties. We don't like that. We would much rather spend that money on producing new books and spreading the word about what CP does.
  • When we've gotten the majority of our books out of the warehouse (you can help by taking advantage of that 40% off discount!), we're switching to a website that shows you where you can buy our books, with direct links. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, you name it. We'll have indie and international coverage, too. Some of our authors will even be offering signed copies from their own websites! 
(All the sales in the past week+ have been designed to empty the warehouse as much as possible so we don't have to pay a second time to ship copies back to our office)
  • Yarn stores can still order wholesale from CP.
  • We'll still sell at Rhinebeck, Maryland Sheep and Wool, and at other fiber events. (We'll be in building C at Rhinebeck again! Lots of new books, too!)
  • We'll continue to use the CP mailing list to let you know about new releases and the other things you expect from us.
It's a series of big changes all at once, and we are, as always, very grateful for your patience and continued support. We'll do our best to minimize any inconvenience to you as this transition happens.

CP's founder Shannon Okey is heading into her second year on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association--we're making these changes with input from both our accountants and from trusted colleagues in the rapidly-changing field of publishing. This should make a significant difference in CP's long term viability. Thank you for helping us at every step of the way so far.

Shannon, Christina and the rest of Team CP
Copyright © 2015 Cooperative Press, All rights reserved.

September 6, 2015

Shawl We Knit?

20% off with code 20PERCENT
Lest ya'll think I only pimp promote my own designs, let me show you my favorite shawl-related eye candy from Cooperative Press while the print copies are still on sale.

While these are all full of amazing drool-worthy shawl patterns, my favorite is Shaping Shawls because it is an invaluable reference tool.  Oy, do I wish I had this book before I started designing.

Remember, print books only.

20% off with code 20PERCENT

20% off with code 20PERCENT

30% off with code 30PERCENT

September 4, 2015

Madame Defarge is Cheap(er)!

 No, the good Madame isn't a cheap hussy, but she is, indeed, cheaper than normal because the Cooperative Press warehouse sale on print books is still going!
30% off with code 30PERCENT

Bertha's Mad, Mysterious Mobius

Jane's Ubiquitous Shawl

Ahab's Scarf,
aka The White Wool

20% off with code 20PERCENT

Land of Counterpane

20% off with code 20PERCENT



Simple (Girly) Comfort

Simple (Striped) Comfort

A Mother's Comfort

Remember, the sale is on print books only, however, as with all CP books, when you buy a print copy, you also get the PDF version.

August 29, 2015



Now through September 1st, get 60% off all print books in the Fresh Designs series from Cooperative Press with the coupon code FRESHFLASH.

August 27, 2015

Mixed Nuts


Defarge Does Chaucer is chugging along.  In the meantime, by all means take advantage of the Cooperative Press Warehouse Sale.  ALL print books are 20 - 30% off for a limited time.  SUCH a deal, I'm telling you!

I'm still working on my Pepperberry Knits cashmere project.  It feels like it's taking forever, but only because I did SO MUCH swatching, and one of the swatches was actually 1/2 or 2/3 the size of the actual item.

The Lambie Toes project is being enthusiastically test knit by my friend Audrey.  I couldn't afford to pay her the $$$ the job was worth, so I bought her the yarn and told her to keep the project when done.  She's enjoying it so much that she's planning to cast on for another one with stash yarn when she's done, LOL.

The pattern will be released at CogKnitive Fiber Retreat in October, where Dizzy Blonde Studios will be vending.  You'll be able to buy a print copy of the pattern (I'll send you the PDF) and buy the yarn for it right there!  After the retreat, the pattern will be available on Ravelry.  Laura will probably be the only one with print copies for sale.

Don't ask about Forest Hills.  It's in time out through no fault of its own.  I probably need to frog and start over again.

Just a few more days left to get $1.00 my cowl pattern Bijou Bijoux, using code BRASS.  Promotion ends when August ends.


The winner in the category of "first unsolicited college pamphlet mailed to Thing One because The Powers That Be know she's a senior in high school" goes to Berklee College of Music.  Clearly, they do not know this kid.  (A mailer from the US Navy arrived last week.)

This school year is definitely a different one for me.  Much as I was looking forward to the end of my driving kids to school, I'm finding that the forced outing was actually really helpful for making sure I got errands done.  I'll get it figured out.  So far, the only restriction I've put on myself is that I don't let myself do any "work knitting" after 3:00 so that I can focus on the home front.

Thing Two has jumped into high school with both feet.  She's still wrestling with her morning schedule, but she's doing pretty well.  In addition to taking drama, she tried out for the fall play, "As You Like It".  She got a bit part, so her afternoons are crazy, with rehearsal three days a week till 5:30 and band "sectionals" one day a week till 4ish,  Her original plan to try out for the volleyball team went out the window.

Thing Two loves seeing the colors in the sky every
morning as she walks to school,

Next month will be a biggie around here:  Thing Two will get her braces off at last, and Thing One will turn 17.  SEVENTEEN.  Every time I think of it, I hear "I Saw Her Standing There" in my head.  You're welcome.