Let me catch you up since I last posted seven months ago. Seven months! That's almost enough time for a new child to come along. (Don't worry, I don't have any new children.)
I had a few vacations, worked a lot, knitted even more, read several books, designed some more, published a couple patterns and just got back in touch with myself. I cancelled cable television--small victory because I still have internet and Netflix, so I'm not completely crazy--deactivated Facebook, got back in touch with some old friends. There have been furniture purchases and redecorating and, of course, more yarn. More and more yarn.
There is always more yarn.
But one of the biggest reasons I feel ready to come back to regularly blogging is the community of knitters, crocheters, crafters and designers that I've dipped back into on Ravelry. Being a knitting designer isn't really that exciting; it's a lot of hard work. And it can be lonely (oh boo hoo, Steven, pull up your big boy pants). But every year about this time of year, a group of hardworking indie designers get together on Ravelry for a huge gift-along/knit-along/crochet-along extravaganza. This is the third year for the event and I think I've participated each time. I know for certain I did last year. (Come to think of it, maybe last year was the first year I participated.)
I haven't really been able to participate much in the planning--my full-time day job is just too demanding to be able to devote the time to the group--but I'm helping in any other way I can. Well, frankly, that means a lot of Twitter posts and participating in the GAL (that's the nifty abbreviation) group on Ravelry.
So you should totally come and join, too. Starting Thursday, 11/19, there will be a 25% off sale on over 5,000 patterns! Wow! If you can't find something to knit from 5,000 choices, well.... I don't know what. Join the group and get active in the forums. Everyone is super nice. Tell 'em RodeoKnits sent you. There are sales and contests and prizes, both digital and actual, for-real prizes like yarn! (You need more yarn!)
I have 20 patterns in the sale and each will be 25% off. There are a couple new patterns and several of
my old favorites. One of my newest patterns, Whittaker, is a fairly simple stranded colorwork hat that works up quickly, even though it uses a sport weight or fingering weight yarn and US #3 and #4 needles. Hats just seems to work up so much faster than any other projects, no matter the needle size.
Coming soon: several more stranded colorwork hat patterns and variations, perhaps an earwarmer and matching cowl. Of course, for the cowl, I will need to find some very soft and luxurious yarn for close-to-the-skin wear. And get ready for the premiere of some Rodeo Knits sweaters!