Although Christmas is still a week away, it’s already spring in the publishing world. The digital edition of the Spring 2015 issue of Crochet! Magazine was released yesterday (print version available Jan. 7), and it includes one of my designs. I was so pleased with how the fashion photos turned out. Thanks to the photographers and staff behind the scenes at Annie’s who make our projects look fantastic!
The other day I came across this Facebook post from Creative Knitting Magazine:
The heavy rain storms that pounded California last week made it to Colorado, with enough moisture left to dump snow in our mountains and along the Front Range. It was a surprise to wake up one morning to a landscape of white. During the midst of the snowstorm the bird feeders were crowded with finches, juncos, chickadees, doves, blackbirds and a bluejay. I managed to photograph this little guy doing his busy hopping-dance back and forth in the snow along the deck rail under one of the feeders looking for spilled seed. He didn’t stay still for a second so I was surprised to capture these images:
A hole in my knitting from one lousy dropped stitch. I decided to knit a version of one of my own designs recently published, the Gallant Bloom vest in the new book “Vest Bets: 30 Designs to Knit for Now“:
© Sixth&Spring Books/Cascade Yarns
I had a quantity of Red Heart ‘Shimmer’ on hand in stash and since the color is green with a hint of metallic sparkle I thought it might be a good project for the holidays. I was about halfway through, speeding along up to the front/back dividing point when last night I discovered the hole several rows back. Alas, I spent an hour trying to repair it by just dropping down to the spot and restoring the stitches but it became more than just an easy fix. Perhaps today I’ll be frogging back and redoing the rows.
At least I have a few days to complete this before Christmas. Then I can look forward to 2015 and other new design releases and surprises to come.
P.S. Surprise #5 — Mr. Bluejay, who has been squawking and making a ruckus out in the yard for several days while avoiding the camera, suddenly appeared on the deck and stayed long enough for this photo:
P.P.S. Surprise #6 — the finished Christmas vest!