i'm not quite sure how it's already february, but i suspect this month will fly by even quicker than january did. i'm into the final weeks before heading to nova scotia to do the photoshoot for my book, and i still have 4 designs to knit - one vest, one sweater, one scarf, and a hat. i finished a pair of socks two nights ago at 1am, and i suspect that's going to be my new bedtime for the next few weeks. it's ok though! i'm excited about all the things i'm making. i'm also excited to share with you my new patreon page - check it out!
|they have a phone app too.|
patreon is a crowdfunding platform that allows artists to choose between fundraising for a specific project OR a regular monthly donation (patreon/patron...you get it). i really like that people have the option of choosing to support something specific or just supporting your practice in general if they're able to. it's really lovely, actually. as an artist, and especially as a craft artist, every little bit helps, so $5 from a few people every month might mean that you're able to do a project that otherwise you wouldn't embark on because it's just enough money to have to choose between focusing on it or something larger. anyway, i've got my page set for specific goals right now, all related to the book. the pledges are converted to us dollars, but i've got each level reflecting their canadian value. the dollar fluctuates too much to do anything else in any sort of fair or reasonable fashion. that being said, if you're really wanting a specific perk (say, the $40 book and stitch markers), but that means you need to opt for the perk one level lower because our dollar sucks right now, that's ok! i can reverse-math the exchange rate on my end, and just make a note to ship you the other perk. see? magic. and hopefully in the meantime our dollar stops being so shitty.
now, part of my tricksy plan for making sure i finish everything on time is that i'm giving myself the deadline of the end of this month to complete the knitting, but in reality, i don't fly out until mid-march. so that means i have about a week and a half to play with falling behind (basically guaranteed), dealing with finishing details, actually getting the pattern drafts to nicola (thank glob she's so understanding and awesome), and sewing! and also knitting some other stuff that is non-book-related and will be released in early april.
|dottie angel frock. you can see why i love it.|
i'm actually so excited to get past these crazy deadlines and into a less hectic/solely focused work rhythm. it'll be nice to feel like i can afford an evening given to a selfish project, or to working on my neurocraft plans, or to just knitting at a less insane pace. the latest issue of seamwork came out this week, and it's a) all about sewing lingerie/with lingerie fabrics (it's like they read my mind or something) and b) just generally about selfish making as self-care. which i love, and am really into exploring these days. i recently ditched a bunch of my wardrobe at a clothing swap, which was great, but between that and the seasons shifting, i'm feeling like i need a couple more options in my wardrobe to rotate. especially in the dress/skirt department. all my hemlines are shrinking up in the wash! damn it. so i need to sew some new dresses and skirts with knee-length hemlines, i think. i bought the dottie angel's frock online and am going to use some of my fabric stash for it. it looks like it'll be a relatively quick sew, and i feel like churning out a few of them in different fabrics will chill me out a bit and also help me work through my fabric stash. i don't understand sewing the way i do knitting, and so my stash is not the most useful in the world. single yards, remnants, a couple of pieces large enough to be a dress but not in the right weight for what i'm thinking...it's a whole new world of textile learning for me, so having stash-busting projects is really helpful, especially when i'm low on cash/should be funneling it elsewhere. $10 patterns are one thing, $100 of fabric to make said pattern is a whole other...
of course, fabric sales are always good for rooting through! there's one in a couple of weeks at marshall fabrics, so i'm going to see if i can find some plain linens or cottons that i can overdye. one of the seamwork designs this month is a kimono robe, and while i can't really see myself lounging around my house in a silk robe, an eco-printed light linen one would be actually the best way to spend my weekend work mornings, i realized last year that i'm actually really into the idea of wandering around my house and working from home in a slip - they're comfy, i like the way they look, and there's something pleasurable about dressing up/down really sexy for yourself (assuming the comfortable aspect is in there - i am a practical femme, after all). but having an extra layer that isn't a huge sweater is a nice addition too. hence, eco-printed linen kimono robe. spring me-made wardrobe, here i come! in a month or so...