Friday, October 06, 2006


I'm supposed to be working right now, but I managed to e-mail off the pattern from hell (which I've been working on since July) so I figure I deserve a little break. I've managed to get myself way in over my head again with pattern work. Remember me saying I was going to focus on my own pattern line and not do a bunch of submissions? Well, somehow I've got myself another bunch of work to do, and I'm not sure how it happened. Part of it is the nature of the knitting design business - stuff that you submitted months earlier suddenly shows up after you've written it off or completely forgotten about it...

I've got two bags and three pairs of socks to do for Blue Moon. We've been talking about these designs since May, but I just got all the yarn (without warning) for them at Oregon Flock & Fiber. Kind of hard to plan out the schedule when you don't know when in the heck you're getting your yarn! I don't say this in a bad way at all, because when they're late with the yarn, it makes me feel better about being late with the design. And I'm more than happy to knit with their amazing yarn - it just adds to my disorganization to have these things suddenly in my lap.

I'm also going to be doing an exclusive pattern for The Sweet Sheep, which I'm very excited about. And I just got notice that my sock design was accepted for the 3rd Stitch 'n Bitch book (it's going to be an advanced knitting manual, and I submitted a stranded colorwork sock which I think is very cool). And I got an e-mail from the editor of Cast-On magazine, looking for more sock patterns. And an e-mail from the editor of a book that's being published next year of maternity knitting patterns (I'm submitting a nursing top to that one in an attempt to selfishly further my lactivist agenda...). I am working furiously to get the new website up before the next Interweave Knits comes out, so we'll see what happens!

Just to make life a little more complicated, we've decided to adopt a kitten.

Isn't she cute? Her name is Kika, which I like but Bill's not so sure about. So we'll see if we end up renaming her. We went over to see her last night, and the kids went nuts for her. She lived with a 2-year-old previously, so she's really good with kids (although she was a little bit riled up by the time we left). Of course, I had to go out and see what eco-friendly kitty litter options there are, and found this great stuff. The clumping clay stuff has always kind of freaked me out, so I was delighted to see there was an environmentally (and kid) friendly option.

I'm really excited about having some creatures around. I've been thinking alot about what kind of pet(s) we should get since I think it's really important for kids to learn how to be around animals. Fish? Guinea pig? Bird? I do think I've talked Bill into getting some chickens next spring, but those aren't really house pets. I will definitely enjoy the fresh eggs and fertilizer they produce, though!

Okay, back to the grind. Have a great weekend, and we will have another guest sock update on Sunday!


Blogger lexa said...

What a sweet little kitty! My cousin had one that looked like that named Izzadora.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Congrats on all the pattern work - that sounds great!
And kitty is really cute!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

My goodness, Chrissy... I got dizzy just reading all about your patterns!

And what an adorable kitty... mwah!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Stariel said...

The kitten is adorable and congrats for getting all those patterns accepted!

9:20 PM  
Blogger choomon said...

Adorable kitty. We have a stray kitty that we feed that has that tortoise shell coloring like that. When we first got our cats I used a corn based eco-friendly cat litter. It worked great, but one of my cats didn't like it. Sometimes even the best laid plans don't work out. Now we're using cheapo non-clumping litter. I hate it- but it's what the cats like.

9:26 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Wow, congrats on all the acceptances and requests and yarn, oh my! :) And I meant to ask earlier if you really meant it about the chickens. I guess you did. *grin* It is my dream to have bees, so maybe we can trade honey for eggs? :)
Cute kitty--and glad she's good with the kiddos!

10:00 PM  
Blogger jillian said...

What a sweet kitty! Congrats (I think) on all the pattern work :) You'll get it all done - sooner or later!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Confessions of a Knitting Diva said...

Kika is beautiful, congrats. I just love my cats (and dogs). WOW, are you going to be a busy knitter. Good for you!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Brittney said...

I'll knit at your house anytime if that kitty will sit on my lap! She looks exactly like my cat I had growing up, Banzai.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Siri said...

Yikes! You sound busy! Any plans on how to keep the cat away from the yarn? Or vice versa, I suppose?
First October sock-of-the-month socks are here:

Thank you!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Lavendersheep said...

Chickens sound like fun. My mom raised chickens when I was in high school. She had Barred Rocks, which are really friendly and lay jumbo eggs. If you have any questions about really good pen enclosures, let me know, my mom had a really good setup.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Kika is a doll!

Congrats on all the patterns!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

She's adorable! And Kika has a twin: my cat Chicken. I couldn't find a perfect match in a picture, but trust me. Here she is after getting into the stash.

Click on "pics"

8:38 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

The kitten is so cute!! And I'm happy to see she's doing so nice with the kids.

As for the chickens, one big reason I like to have them around for is the fact that they will eat all the left overs from us! I hate throwing away food, but this way you don't really throw it away, right? :D


11:38 PM  

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