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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Total distraction

I have nothing much to show you, so you'll just have to use your imagination in this post :)  I'm totally distracted.  The cardigan is dry and I chose toggles for it, but do you think I've so much as picked it up to put on the band?  Nope.  Wanna know why?  Because I've been knitting the Little Coffee Bean baby sweater for my friend Kat :)  I pulled out a skein of Cascade 220 Handpainted yarn in the sunniest, cheeriest yellow I've ever seen and I'm striping it with a light heathered gray.  It's beautiful!  See, I was a total tom-boy growing up so I love to knit for baby girls in non-gender specific colors.  Mom's will get tons and tons of pink, (or blue, as the case may be) and I just think that babies should also have orange and aqua and bright yellow and green the color of grass...and definitely red!  So I went with the yellow/gray combo, but I did modify the increases to little eyelets so the overall sweater will still have a slight feminine touch.  And yesterday, I chose the best little yellow flower buttons to complete the look.  I'll probably have this finished today...that is, I should have it finished today but I'm distracted by another design submission.

There is a well known book series that is a little light on designs right now, and they contacted the shop to see if we'd like to contribute (as the girls did last year).  Naomi is pushing me to work something up for this book, because she believes in me and thinks I can do it.  And since this entire design adventure it totally her fault (cause she's been pushing me to design for the last three years), I told her I'd swatch and see what I could do.  So out came my Barbara Walker treasuries and a skein of lace weight yarn.  I gotta tell you...I hate designing in lace.  I don't know why I'm banging my head against this wall either.  I have a fun little pattern that I did for my MIL and as I sit here typing this, I realize that it might be the design to submit...  And it's true that I'd love to be in a book (and can definitely use the paycheck).  So I guess I'll be working on this one today...that is I should be working on it today, but I'm distracted by Jane Eyre.

Stupid, stupid classic literature!!  Okay.  I was in advanced English in high school, and we had a completely different required-reading list than everyone else.  Any time I have a conversation (and sadly, I still have these conversations) about books that we were forced to read growing up, everyone else has read the more traditional classic novels, and I feel like an idiot because I don't know what they're talking about.  I was an adult with two children before I read the Odyssey, or the Iliad, or Withering Heights, or Pride and Prejudice, or any of the other classic novels I've actually managed to read.  And I did try to read Jane Eyre, but I just couldn't get into it.  However, we were talking about it in class and I discovered that there is another novel based on one of the characters in this book...and that this spin-off novel is supposed to be an amazing read...so I have no choice but to go back and revisit the almost 500 page long Charlotte Bronte novel and see if I can manage.  But things are looking good so far.  I discovered that Jane and I share one common element so far and I guess I can understand how she's feeling right now, so I'm still reading.  We'll see how I feel after a few more chapters.

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