it's crunch time - i just realized i have less than a week before i leave town for the holidays, and of course, not enough time to accomplish all that i need to do before that happens. i'm sure 99% of the population is in the same boat (or a similar one) as i am right now. at any rate, here's a summary of what's been shaking this past week:
1. shalloboi played our holiday show at martyr's on monday. this is the first time merilee has played cello with us, and we didn't have a whole lot of prep time beforehand - everyone's schedule has been understandably crazy this month, so we really only had one full-band practice prior to the show. and yet, it went really well - perhaps better than if we were feeling well-rehearsed - sometimes a little fear is good for you. check out this video clip and judge for yourself!
4. the malabrigo book 3 is coming! i know i've been saying this every other week, and that's really not news. but a preview has just been posted on their website - check it out, it's pretty cool! my designs are the ostrich toy, the felted handbag, and orange ribby socks. yet another reason to look forward to 2011.
5. cooking up a new sock pattern - will be submitting it to the twist collective for fall 2011. if they don't take it, i'll most likely be self-publishing. it's actually something i've been gestating for a while (ie, til i had the time to devote to it - and now that all of the holiday knitting is done, there is no time like the present!). i'm also starting to get my design to-do list in order for next year. there's a lot of things in the hopper, and i'm chomping at the bit to get cracking! now that i know how to better arrange my time for an entire year, i anticipate things being less haphazard on my end. it may not seem like that to anyone else - also, i doubt anyone else is paying attention and cares - but i like to use all of my time efficiently, and i prefer to plan ahead so that there isn't a mad rush to get things done. for example, i start my holiday knitting in july. i might be starting in january this year, since i'll probably spend the summer working on design proposals for fall and winter, if this year is any indication.