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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Please Make Time Stand Still!

I wish time could just stand still, just for a week or two. Is that too much to ask? To have 2 weeks of uninterrupted, glorious knitting time - what I wouldn't give for that! I am also turning 27 today and it feels a bit strange. I wouldn't mind time standing still for a bit longer than 2 weeks either!

On Monday, I was contacted by Lark Books about a submission I sent a few weeks ago. The informed me that they would like to use 2 of my 3 submissions for the book - which was very exciting! Then I came off my high and realized that I need to knit 2 quite substantial sweaters by the first week of January. Not only that, but I was in charge of getting the yarn myself - which meant trying to contact the manufacturers to get it donated or having to buy it myself (which would have really ate into my small payment). Luckily I never erase an email and went back to an email from Rowan from 3 years ago and got the USA contact info. They wrote back right away and I have free Rowan Cracksilk Haze on the way at this very moment. Oh yeah, did I mention that not only is one project quite substantial, but that it is also in Kidsilk - on size 4 needles???

Now you must be thinking to yourself, "Ah, what is she worried about - she has 2 months and she just knit a sweater in 2 weeks!" But this is what you might not realize is going on behind the scenes - I have 3 projects for Black Pearl Yarns to finish, a new Spring pattern for Sundara Yarns, and my SnB project to do! I'm pretty much booked until 2007! Everyone is getting IOU's at Christmas this year!

And not to leave you with a completely pictureless post, here is my progress on sweater number 2 for Black Pearl:

blue progress


I also have progress to report on my Soctoberfest sock, but I keep forgetting to take a picture. I don't know if I'll be able to finish even one sock before the end of the month, but as Lolly says, there's no deadline - it's for the fun of it! Well, even if I can't finish, it was nice to be able to participate this month!

17 comments:

Alexandra said...

Happy Birthday!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday! I just turned 27 myself and felt weird, too, but you get over it. Don't worry about it today at least, it's your birthday!

How exciting to be so in demand! Stressful, yes, but think about a few months from now when you get to see all your new knits published!

gleek said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

wow, you ARE going to be busy. and you'll be working too, right? :( if only you could take a leave of absense to get it all done :)

cynic the lamb said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! *HUGS*
And holy crap, you are IN DEMAND. Congratulations! Just remember, you can totally do this. You rock!

Lisa said...

Wow - that's very exciting news! And Happy Birthday! Can't wait to see all these mystery projects!

Colette said...

Happy Birthday! The blue sweater looks great - that pattern really works with the yarn.

mayarn said...

Happy birthday! I'm with you on wishing time could just stop for a week or two. Then I could maybe catch up! ;-)

Connie said...

Happy Birthday, Melissa! And yes, you're busy, but it's a good kind of busy, right? :) I love Cracksilk Haze by the way. What a treat for a mother-to-be! Congrats on getting Rowan to donate the yarn too!

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Good luck on getting that all done! It sounds like it's time to invest in some really yummy coffee, b/c I don't think you're going to have time to sleep....

cccavicch said...

Happy birthday! See ya later. :-)

Carolyn

Moni said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you get to enjoy it :).

Man, two glorious weeks of knitting would be awesome! but it sounds like you truly need it! congrats on the submissions!

Knittymama said...

Hope you have a great birthday! Congratulations on the submissions.

Karin said...

Happy Birthday! It must be 27 - I was not a happy girl for that birthday, the rest have been fine 'tho :). I can't wait to see the Black Pearl designs - the teasers have me very intrigued. Do you know the debut dates for those and your Sundara project yet?

YarnB said...

Happy Birthday Melissa!!!! And Congratulations on all of your new book patterns and wow, that zen blue sweater is looking just amazing. I hope you had a nice day!

Alison said...

Happy Birthday! Myself, I'll be 32 in a couple of weeks. I'm sort of blah about it.

Congrats on the patterns and good luck with all the knitting!

sulu-design said...

Happy birthday! Look how loved your work is. Congratulations!

goodkarma said...

Happy Birthday!! 27 was a great year for me. You've got lots of fun things on your plate; can't wait to hear more.