Monday, 18 July 2016

next steps

the book has been sent off to my editors, so now it's on to focusing on other projects and deadlines for a bit. there will be edits to make before the book goes to the printers on august 1, but the biggest chunk of the work is done! so, what's next?

well, first of all, neurocraft. i have so much work to do on this beast, and the fact that it involves weaving means i'm pretty much restricted to only working on it when i'm at home (i.e. evenings and some weekends). i suppose in theory i could take it with me to my parents' on weekends, but i think it's probably easier to leave my table loom in place rather than carting it around everywhere. i've wound up a few warps on my warping board, so i can get started on setting the warp and then start playing. the weavings themselves will be fairly simple in design, it'll be the electronics embedding that takes the most conceptual work i think. i have these delicious-smelling red cedar stick shuttles that i'll be using. i can't wait for my fingers to smell of cedar all the time!

next up, knitting. i have a dozen designs in several stages of nearly-done that need to be dealt with now that i can focus on paperwork other than the book, so expect a lot of test knitting calls over the next little while. i'm currently working on a magazine design that needs to head to its destination next month. it's well underway, but i'm about to get to the areas that require a little more mental focus (i.e. not great for social knitting). once it's done, i have a lacy shawl using julie asselin's nurtured yarn (i have SIX designs scheduled for release with her yarns between now and the end of september - maybe even more, if i can get some extra paperwork done). i have the chart written out, but again, not exactly social knitting when it comes down to it. so, i'm casting on the design that i had planned on taking with me to toronto but changed my mind about. it's actually the same design, but i had originally planned to take the dk weight version with me, which is 4 skeins of yarn. instead, i'm taking the fingering weight version, which is only two skeins of ancient arts yarns' gorgeous reinvent yarn that wolseley wool just got in. because it's so easy, i think i might actually be able to whip off the dk version before i head to t-dot, but we'll see. i'm not too worried about it. there's no actual deadline with this one (for once).

and finally, more scheming. i have a winter collection planned that i am incredibly excited about, but i can't start it until i finish my current designs and the sweater for my collection with yoth. i do have all the release dates scheduled already, and photo styling plans scribbled out onto paper. i'm also in chats with manitoba fibre festival about a pretty big project for 2017 (stay tuned!), and of course there's the yoth collection! that one has a longer timeline, but if i don't want it to creep up on me like everything else seems to, i need to chip away at each of the designs over the coming months. i've actually given myself a rule that one of the winter collection designs is not allowed to happen if i don't have the yoth sweater done before september. and then there's fun stuff like sewing and making wedding quilts for friends, but that's all quite a bit farther into the future right now. for the moment, i need to try and keep my current projects not too jumbled in my brain. thank goodness for lists.

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