25 August 2014

monday's musing

"Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity." - Og Mandino

Hi everyone! :waving: I'm playing catch-up right now, but so happy to be (kind of) back. Thank you again for your patience with me and your kindness while I tried to chew the huge mouthful I bit off. I will be posting again soon, and working on making my absence up to you. Status rep coming up! We are going to have some fun.


07 July 2014

monday's musing

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” - Tom Krause

I know I have said this before...but perhaps not enough times. I can't thank everyone enough for being so kind and patient while I am working through my book project. I know it has disrupted everything.

When the opportunity came up, I almost passed it up. I knew it could/would throw all of my other projects off, and that you all could just end up disappointed in me, and angry. I already knew the book process, and that I would likely end up dropping off the edge of the Earth, not to be heard from for months. But I looked at the quote above, and decided that courage was in order. Sometimes, you just have to put your big girl panties on, and that's what I worked on. Because really, it was an opportunity not to be passed up: an exciting, stressful, amazing thing to become involved in. And I hope that - when all is said and done - you will love the projects as much as I do.

To those who have written kind and encouraging notes and comments: thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart. You mean the world to me, and I cherish each and every note you have written. I take them out and read them over and over when I am feeling super stressed. To those who have voiced your annoyance: I will endeavor - in future - to be worthy once more of your expectations. To all of you: I will make it up to you with something special.

Meanwhile, though I am often at a loss for words, I've been posting photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It makes me feel more connected to all of you. I hope you enjoy them!

Many thanks again to everyone, especially the fantastic moderators who nurture the incredible community of wonderful people in my Ravelry forum. I am missing you all big time. I will be back soon and catching up on everything!


26 May 2014

monday's musing

A Memorial Day remembrance and heartfelt thanks to those who have given everything, and to their families.


19 May 2014

monday's musing

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” - Kahlil Gibran

Have a fantastic week everyone! You all are so completely awesome!  Thank you for all of your kind comments and care, and everything. You mean more to me than you will ever know.


05 May 2014

monday's musing

I saw this video and by the end, was crying my eyes out. In a good way. It's a lovely way to say something important. Enjoy!


21 April 2014

monday's musing

“You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.” - unknown

This is something for me to work on every day. I consistently ruin my day by worrying about the future.

Which brings me to this year in general.

Those of you who've ever worked on a truly large project will know what I mean when I say it eats you alive for a year (or more) and then spits you out, hopefully none the worse for wear. But it's tough on the way through.

That's what writing a book is like. And my upcoming book for Interweave is something I want to be very proud of, so I am putting everything into it.

That means I might not get back to you quite as quickly as I might otherwise. Even though I was working on them before I signed the contract with Interweave, other patterns might be a little late - like 7 Small Shawls Y4 and Oddments installments. I might miss a few deadlines...because I cannot miss my book deadline and because I will do the best possible job I can on everything. I am not a halfway person.

I'm asking for your indulgence for now. I will do whatever is humanly possible to finish everything on time. But I don't think it's quite going to happen this year, so...fair warning y'all. I hadn't really been planning to do a book, but we all got talking and it was just too good to pass up. Even though there was no time at all to do it in, and all of my commitments were already fixed in place. Sometimes, there is no really good time to do something important, but you want to do it anyway. :)

I hope you'll love it.


19 April 2014

egg hunt

Get ready for my 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

This year is a little different, but I think it's more fun, because everyone can win at least a free pattern without trying too terribly hard. :) 

eta: Grand, First and Second prizes are gone but the Third prize code is still hidden in my pattern page photos for you to find!

Here are the specifics:
I will be uploading pictures of Easter Eggs into my pattern pages on Ravelry starting later this afternoon (Saturday, April 19). These pictures will have codes in them for prizes! Starting at 9pm EDT this evening (4-19), the codes will go live and you will be able to use them! Some of them are single use (so make sure you find it first!), and some of them are multiple use codes. I realize that this is an international community, and apologize for bad timing for some of you; that's why everyone will be able to get at least a free pattern. The codes will expire at 10am EDT Monday, April 21. There is nothing to stop you from getting more than one of the codes. IOW, you could snag both the Grand Prize and a free pattern. Here's a list of prizes! 

One Grand Prize: a single use code (meaning it can be used only once and by the first person who types it into their Ravelry cart and completes their purchases) for $30 to my Ravelry pattern shop (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)
Two First Prizes: a code (that can be used by the first two peeps to type it into their Ravelry shopping carts and complete their purchases) for $20 to my Ravelry pattern shop] (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)
Three Second Prizes: a code (that can be used by the first three peeps to type it into their Ravelry shopping carts and complete their purchases) for $10 to my Ravelry pattern shop (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)
Unlimited Third Prizes: a code for $6.50 to my Ravelry pattern shop, which will cover the price of most any of my small shawl patterns. In other words: use the code and get a free pattern or get $6.50 off a larger purchase; one use per person (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)

We've dyed the eggs and taken the pictures, and now it's time for the count down! Are you ready?