Wednesday, February 16, 2005

I was able to finish my knitty.com submission Monday night, complete with photo shoot, and multiple sizes. Whew. As of Sunday, I really didn't think I was going to get it done. Now comes the hardest part...waiting to hear whether they'll take it or not!

For me, the hardest part of getting patterns ready to submit is drawing the sketch/schematic. I scanned a handdrawn one this time, because I don't have Illustrator on my computer at home, and drawing garment shapes in my sadly outddated version of PhotoShop (5.0!) is nearly impossible. I think it would be good, especially as I start designing more patterns, to get some design software that would help me out with that.

Last night, since I had one more FO, I started Sitcom Chic in Cotton Ease in Orangeade. I'm a bit concerned it's going to look like a hunter's orange cardigan, but the yarn was on clearance when I bought it, so the whole thing is going to cost me $10, so it's not that big a deal. I did have to buy multiple dyelots though, so I'm doing the alternating row thing to take care of that.

I also received a package from Colorful Stitches last night. For once, UPS actually left a package so I didn't have to run out to the west side to pick it up. I have 80% of the yarn for Carlotta now. It's scary how small that yarn is. Now I need to pick up some circs in size 2 (!) and about 1200 beads and some ribbon, then I can start that one. I also got some extra kidsilk haze for a gift for someone, and I'm coveting that. It's so incredibly soft. Yarn porn. Once the second package comes with the remainder of the yarn, I'll post my "before" photo. It still doesn't look like enough yarn to me, because it is so fine (fingering weight/2-ply) but I bought enough to do a size large, so I should be ok. In fact, I might have enough Yorkshire Tweed left over to do the hat on the cover of that Rowan mag too!

The legwarmers are still coming along. I have one almost done, and have been taking it with me and working on it during lunch, my how to buy a house class, etc. They shouldn't be too much longer, so hopefully I'll get them done with time to wear them this year!

Other UFOs: my sister's wedding gift has not progressed, which officially puts me behind, but I'll work on that at Stitch n' Bitch this evening probably. Zeeby's bag (will it ever be done??), toe up socks (virtually abandoned), lace shawl (ditto, probably will be frogged for a slightly less challenging pattern).

I also need to start on some birthday gifts, including one I should finish by Friday, though it's a fairly simple one and shouldn't be that bad.


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