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February 22, 2005

okay, talking about the weather is one of those things, but it's worth talking about. yesterday we received 2.18 inches of rain according to the NWS. That's about as much as we got for the entire season last year! this rain year (measured summer to summer) we've already had over 18 inches of rain. the plants are happy.

all the rain is mostly fine as i've been tied to my work here on Knitting for Dogs. I've got layouts of most of the book now and have been fretting over corrections and making things as consistent as I can. We're very close to done and it looks great. Out in November, in time for your holiday shopping!

I'm doing a felted wool (with wool batts, not yarn) tapestry thing with Zoe's class today for their Gala (fundraiser auction) project. I'll be sure to take pictures so you can see how it turns out. Thank the gods, Kristine is helping me. Because of all the damp weather, I've had our "pre-felts" drying in the livingroom with the heater cranked up. They are
almost dry. Dry enough.

I've really been enjoying teaching. I have some definite regulars and it's neat to watch their progress and hear about what they want to knit.

The girls and I went to the fabric store this weekend because I needed to get some muslin for our felting project. Zoe wanted a flannel nightgown. Ella liked the style -- long, fluffy sleeves, empire waist -- but wanted it to be a "beautiful yellow dress". I have no idea where the yellow dress sprang from. She usually favors purple. But she seemed very enamored of the idea. Eventually she found the right thing after wandering around looking and her saying, "No, PRETTY yellow, not that!" In the end what she chose is just the stuff that princess dresses are made of -- that weird satiny stuff. On the sale table, fortunately.

06:29 AM
February 2, 2005
more me

I got the chance to go up to the North County Knitter's Guild meeting yesterday and see Vivian Hoxbro. She was, once again, fabulous. So kind to everyone and very much, I think, an optimist. Ready to see the good in things and move forward in whatever way the fates push.

Plus she has such a sense of style. I admire that her designs are distinctively "her". Her strong lines and colors and very simple shapes. Yet I will attest that her things really do look good on people. And a variety of people at that.

After Vivian spoke, there was Show and Tell for the Guild. Kristine and I showed off the asymmetrical jackets that I designed for Curious Creek. Which got good reviews. The patterns will be available free on the web sometime this spring!

Two funny things: One woman was walking around with a printout of "Sonnet" in her hand. Someone called out from the audience when I introduced myself, "I saw you on TV this morning!" How funny it that? It's so strange to be recognized that way. Certainly flattering and fun, and admittedly this was a group of knitters.

Apparently, I'm still on reruns on the DIYnetwork. Try February 06 at 4:30 PM Eastern or March 17 at 11:30 AM Eastern if you want to catch me!

I'm thinking of launching more of my students into felted bags since they are an easy project and everyone loves them. Plus, the store just ordered some handles finally, so we'll be able to accessorize our bags. Know any good, easy patterns?

06:27 AM