I'm In A Book!

I have 2 new sock patterns in Artful Arches.  I'm pretty excited and honoured to be in some very talented company. Several designers have contributed patterns to this book.

This is Westney:



And this is Meandering:



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Happy Knitting! 

Happy Mail

I ordered 4 Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries from the Knitpicks book sale.  I have always wanted these Barbara Walker books.  They were $18 USD each (about $28 CAD).  Despite the fact that our dollar is so weak right now compared to the US dollar, they were still a bargain as I usually see these books for $50 (paperpack) to $90 (hardcover) in Canadian book stores.  Also, I cannot complain about paying $7 to ship 4 heavy books. 
They are so inspiring and I love to read the text at the beginning of the books.  If you are on Periscope, I will be doing a show and tell of these books later today  (I am Knitalot924 on Periscope). 
 
I also have Barbara Walker's Mosaic Knitting book, so I will show and tell that during the Periscope as well.
 
I received a beautiful project bag from my Instagram friend, Lindsay.  This was part of the #GetYourYarnWishesGranted movement on Instagram over the holidays.  I sent Lindsay some lovely Felici since they cannot get it in her country and she has always wanted to try it.  I  love Doctor Who and this bag currently houses a scarf that I am working on. 
 
Here is what it looks like on the inside:

If you have any favourite knitting books or stitch dictionaries, I would love to hear about them. I am always interested in good knitting books. 

When Hobbies Collide

Lately my knitting obligations have taken up most of my time.  I have some deadlines looming (submissions that were accepted - yay!) , a Christmas gift to knit, and personal stuff to knit,  and a second business that I am still running, for now - I have almost managed to completely divest myself of it but bits and pieces are hanging on no matter how hard I try to shake them off.  Combine all of this with my primary roles as Mum, wife, homemaker and pet owner and I am busy! My planner is getting quite a workout as  I have started living my life in 1-hour time blocks to make sure everything gets done.  I fall into bed at night too tired to read.

I have a list of books on my reading list but no time to read them, so this week I took the leap to audio books.  This is a big leap for me.  I enjoy the multi-sensory experience of reading: holding the book,  pausing to reflect when I have just read something profound (or confusing) and the stillness of nestling under a blanket with a good book.  I downloaded "Divergent" - I am late reading it, I know - and it was a wild experience.  At first my mind kept wandering so I had to keep rewinding.  Then I got caught up in the sound of the performers voice.  Part of reading is giving the characters a voice in your head. It's really hard to do that when there is an actual voice in your ear.  I am getting use to it now.  I actually kind of like it.  I can knit and read; two parts of my life have collided.  I can even read in the car - so weird.

Not really impressed with the price though.  I have signed up for the free Audible trial.  Two books free for the first month and then one book per month at $14.95.  This was cheaper than buying audio books on iTunes where "Divergent" costs $28.95.  Are there any other audio book options?  Can anyone out there recommend another audio book service?

Happy News!

I am excited to announce that two of my patterns have been chosen to be included in the upcoming book 60-Minute Knits by Stackpole Publishing.  

I am thrilled to be a contributing designer to this project.  The book is due to be released in the Spring of 2015.  I will provide more details as I get them.