Even if you're staying home and only experiencing the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival through others' social media posts, you can still participate in Cooperative Press's Sheep and Cowl promotion. Check it out:
We love indie dyers, so we've partnered up with more than a dozen of them to run a great contest at Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend. Join the mailing list at the link above to get your game instructions before Saturday, or pick up printed sheets on site in Cooperative Press' booth. There are both on-site and play-at-home versions of the contest, so everyone can play.
Cooperative Press will be in the Lower Corral area again (near the sheepdog trials), and we'll have 50 limited edition hand-dyed kits for Grey-diant, the cowl seen above.
CP's own Shannon Okey designed a cowl to highlight yarns by each of her favorite dyers who will be at Maryland. (Read more in the related Knit Edge issue 7 article, "Cowl-operation"). After the show, they'll be released as a print book called The Cowls Are Not What They Seem, which you can preorder now from CP, and which will include not only a few more cowls that won't be at Maryland, but also lots of instructional content, too.
Help us spread the word: check out our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram to find shareable content, or forward this email to friends. Watch the hashtag #sheepandcowl all weekend long for action from the show! Thanks for supporting indie in all its forms!
...an editor who works with an amazing small independent publisher. Now, imagine that publisher is a publisher of fiber-related books (and smart fiction).
Is this what you pictured?
If not, thank you for playing. Don Pardo has some lovely parting gifts for you.
I've been sitting on this news for over a week, but now that it's official and those affected have been notified, I can spill it: I will be editing the next two books in The Defarge Series from Cooperative Press. Heather Ordover has done a fabulous job on the three books released so far, but needs to cut back on her editing responsibilities. For me, this couldn't have come at a better time. I am honored to get to work with Shannon Okey, Heather (consulting as Awesomesauce At Large on the books), and a talented bunch of designers, several of whom are already friends of mine.
SO, with my added workload, I'll need to come up with some sort of schedule for posting, but I'm not going to blogfade; I'll still be here.
How do you like to spend your Saturdays? Are you a run-around, "Do ALL THE THINGS" person, or do you like to sleep in and take it easy? Maybe some combination of the two? Is Saturday an ordinary work day for you?
Me, I like having some fun stuff to do, but the occasional "nothing on the calendar" Saturday is like having a golden ticket. I cherish my Saturday mornings because it's the only day all week I don't have to set my alarm clock. I rarely sleep past 8:00 since my body is SO used to waking up at 6:00 Monday through Friday, but it's still a pleasure.
Today? Today is a yoga-pants-and-giant-sweatshirt-wearing, yarn-dyeing, laundry-doing, "Arrow"-watching, shawl-knitting kinda day. And I'm likin' it.
Slow mornings - ALL mornings - start here.
The dyeing? I ended up having to use two different yarns in my "rough draft" of a lace design for Cascade Yarns Forest Hills, and the finished product looked...like I ran out of yarn and had to grab a different color in the middle of a lace pattern. To turn it into something I wouldn't be afraid to wear in public, I decided to dye it. Should be interesting. (And I'm feeling rather proud for thinking of putting the Crock Pot inside something to minimize drips on) the stove, thankyouverymuch.)
(Coral + Steel Blue) yarn + 1 scoop Royal Purple + 1/2 scoop Midnight Blue should do the trick!
My ultra-fancy, high-tech dye setup. Don't worry - that particular Crock Pot is for dye only; food is NEVER cooked in it.
The knitting? Well, I wasn't gonna do any "work knitting" today, but I caved because I'm having so much fun concocting this project with Lambie Toes from Dizzy Blonde Studios ("rough draft" is THIS color.). So, with "Arrow" on the laptap via Netflix streaming, and headphones on to block out T1's "M*A*S*H" binge, I play. Sorry I can't show you a WIP picture. Eventually....
What are YOU doing with your Saturday? Whatever it is, I hope you're enjoying it.