Wednesday, March 21, 2007

March Rain

I live in Wisconsin. Picture Narnia where it is always winter. Then one day it doesn't snow - it rains! The death grip of Winter has begun to loosen and thunder sends my beagle scuttling under the bed.

I tell my 14 year-old to take a photo of the beagle; it'll be cute! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Busted! We haven't vacuumed under there in one full year. I know exactly because last spring break, my daughters and I redecorated that bedroom. I promise the parts of the house you can see at least look clean. Hey, no one's died of dysentary here... yet.

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Look, no dust! Screw housework. I've been busy knitting. Yah-sure-you-betcha-hey, still pluggin' away on Lizard Ridge. Still lovin' it. But I'm also sneaking in a little side action on Kirsten Kapur's Tahoe cardigan. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cathay (50% cotton, 35% microfiber, 15% silk) knit up mostly on size 9s. The result is drapey, grapey goodness. And look at how pretty that Koigu KPPPM is going to be for the trim.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Past The Half-Way Mark

Panel #15 of Lizard Ridge - complete! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

There's Kureyon for five or six more, which means I have a bit of a supply prob. I live in rural Wisconsin, near the physical plant for the kitschy http://www.herrschners.com. Picture fluorescent lighting, aluminum and particle board display cases, a non-knitting staff and a long walk through aisles of horrible counted cross stitch kits to a seemingly endless array of acrylic yarn. The shop has a small selection of Kureyon and other quality stuff.

Over half of the Kureyon for this project comes from online vendors. It's frustrating that some list items as in-stock when, in fact, they are not.

Hmmm, a shopping trip to Madison, perhaps?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Still

It's still f-f-f-f-reezing winter in Wisconsin. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

And I'm still knitting away on the Lizard Ridge afghan. It's fun. It's colorful. But enough with showing you every last panel that comes off the needles.

Still waiting on those book manuscript reviews.

So I'm showing you a tool that's(still)my favorite. I needlepointed it in 1979, which is a very long time ago. This is the top - see, a bunny. The pink of the ears is silk and so are the eyes. The rest is wool. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

The bottom... Wook at its feets!Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

It holds thread scissors. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Monday, March 05, 2007

Edging Closer to the Finish Line

Progess, everywhere progress.

The Lizard Ridge afghan is progressing nicely. I have 12 completed panels, which is the half-way point. Here are the panels all rolled up together. When this thing is done, it's going to look like a flash of parrots through the Amazon rainforest!

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These are the latest panels. How I loved knitting them! Just like the woman who designed Lizard Ridge, I am making this afghan for my daughter to take to college. There is a lot of love knit up in this one.
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And on the professional front, things are clocking along. This fall, Tom and I wrote a book about an aspect of a contemporary Plains Indians tribe. The project is the culmination of many years of field-work. It was a joy to write this book.

After casting about for an agent (no luck), we called a friend who had published a book on a similar subject. She put us in touch with her editor. In just two weeks, we have advanced to the review stage - which means the editor read the manuscript and liked the book enough to buy it. As it's non-fiction, the editor has to make sure we're not talking out of our hat. Since we do actually know what we're talking about, we anticipate favorable reviews. But we still have to wait another six weeks to hear. Still, we're worlds beyond where we were with this two weeks ago.

So now we wait. And what's better than knitting to pass the time?