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!