Monday, April 4, 2011

Kickstarting

Now that the fun of blog week is over, it's time to return to my usual posting fare - but before I get into my WIPs and FOs and all that, I want to spread the word about Shannon Okey's Kickstarter Campaign for the Cooperative Press Fresh Design Series.

Even if I weren't a part of the project (I have a design that will come out in the Toy book), this would be the type of company and project I'd love to throw my support behind.  They have a great concept and working with them has been nothing short of fantastic.  Plus, you can get some excellent thank-you gifts for pledging - for ten bucks, a digital version of The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design can be yours!  Even if you aren't planning on pursuing a career as a designer in this field, it's a really great book that is chock full of interesting and helpful information.  There are lots of other thank-you gifts available for various levels of pledging - so please take a minute to check out their page on Kickstarter and donate to a worthy cause!

It's incredible that she's nearly met the $5,000 fundraising goal in less than a week - but the more money we can raise, the sooner these awesome books will become a reality!  Tech editing, professional photography, and fancy layout/design aren't cheap - and what's the point in doing it if it's not going to be done right?  My thoughts exactly. 

Now that the hard sell is out of the way, let's see what I've been up to in the past week:

Exhibit A: yet another completed monster!

Pattern:  Harold the Houseplant Monster by Rebecca Danger - from The Big Book of Monsters

Yarn:  Mystery Yarn from Kitchen Sink Dyeworks - I'm fairly certain it's the Merino Bamboo Worsted, but I managed to lose the label somehow.




Exhibit B:  finally making progress on the first pair of Cookie A. socks I'm making from Knit. Sock. Love.

Pattern:  Stalagmite Socks by Cookie A.

Yarn:  Lorna's Laces Limited-Edition Organic Sock in a color I custom-dyed myself when I used to work there.

Also making a little progress on Tyler's sweater while completely ignoring my own (didn't even get halfway through my Malabrigo March sweater - oops)....and, as previously blogged, I made a little panda chart to play around with!  All in all, another busy week. 

I have a lot of new and exciting designs on the horizon - found out a few of my recent submissions have been rejected, so I think I'll just D.I.Y. it and work on them in my own time, because I think they're going to be great once they come to fruition.  I don't think my intentions always come across in my design sketches; it's definitely one area I'd like to improve upon.  What I see in my head and then get down onto paper never seem to match up - but somehow the finished project ends up being just what I was going for - sometimes even better!

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