I'm knitting on deadline (again). It's a mystery project for an upcoming book that I've been involved with from the start. It won't be published by my micropublishing company, so I'm just a contributor and mentor for the title.
With the way of these things (which I'm not completely in agreement with but respect), only hints can be released in advance. Thus: it's lace, and I'm knitting with Brown Sheep Burly Spun (spelled "Burley Spun" on the website and "Burly Spun" on the skein tags). Eight-ounce (227g) skeins—about the size of a paperback book. I'm going through yarn pretty quickly, even with that much in a hunk.
The trick of managing large-scale lace is keeping the tension loose. I tend to knit loosely anyway: I'm on 8mm (size 11) needles and a "normal" knitter would be on 9mm (size 13). Even at that, I'm consciously keeping my tension very relaxed in order to reduce stress on my hands and make it easier to work the decreases.
It's an enjoyable project, and it looks like I'll make the deadline easily enough.
Ship date for Ethnic Knitting Exploration!
We finally got a ship date from the printer for Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland, by Donna Druchunas. It is scheduled to leave the plant on 2/18/09. It will take between three and five days for the trucks to reach their two destinations—one warehouse on the East Coast and my garage (must make space here for 35 more boxes of books by the time the truck pulls up).
Then we redistribute from there: about 50 cartons will ship out immediately from those two locations.
Spin-Off's new site
Spin-Off magazine, of which I was the editor from 1988 through early 2000, has a new website. It's about time it had its own space in the cyberworld. No great surprise to anyone who knows me, here are my favorite parts so far—reconstituted from the old site.
They've set the site up for social networking. That could be great fun, if I can find time!