Rush as in endorphin rush [not as in "Rush! You must go somewhere!" because I've just done that mentally for 3 solid weeks]. There is this weird feeling when I put a new issue up for the world to see. First, there are little things that always need fixing. Always. Then people send in the loveliest notes and that is such a fine, fine way to spend an afternoon. Often, a nap follows [more like a passing out with relief, but usually in nap form].
The next day...what the heck do I do with myself? If you read this blog, you'll notice that I start to make lists of all the things I want to do that I couldn't do until the issue was live. So why break with tradition? Here's the list!
- In the middle of the production crunch, Claudia blogged
about a sale on Grafton Fibers
Darn Pretty Needles [DPNs...get it?]. They'd been out of my price range -- justifiably, since they're not only gorgeous, but totally handmade in Vermont -- but at the sale price? I ordered two sets. Checking their site today, I see there's a new colorway on sale. OOOh, so tempting.
- So what will I do with my brand-new DPNs? Well, there's this big sock thingy
I'm lucky enough to be teaching at. And I have got a lot of socks to knit before August, so I'm going to get started! Knitting on pretty handmade needles makes everything even better.
- I'm eyeing the ugly living-room curtains with the same critical eye I took to our naked dining-room window after the last issue was finished. Time to get out the Bernina again! Just waiting for the right fabric to show up at Ikea.
- I have two gorgeous bags of hand dyed silk roving
bought at Rhinebeck last fall. I am going to spin and ply all of it on my Ladybug in a reasonable amount of time. It's only 4 oz [though in silk, 4 oz goes a long way]. Will! Do! It!
- The ukulele group I belong to has a rather primitive forum architecture and I have been given supreme administrative powers to slap it into shape. The software is fine, it's just that the nice guys who set it up are musicians first. :-) Am scared I'll make it all go boom, so am taking my time.
- I need to design new Knitty shwag.
- I need to prepare for Maryland
, because this year I AM GOING! I know it's crazy busy crowded with spinners and knitters and not as familiar to me as every inch of Rhinebeck is, but that's half the fun. Plus I'm going as part of Jennie the Potter's
posse, which means I get in a day early to help her set up. And maybe map out the grounds a little to know what's where.
- I have a few big ideas for Maryland. Watch this space. I'm not telling yet.
- And I'm knitting, really. The top-down raglan in Lorna's Laces new Pearl yarn
is going along swimmingly. Amy Swenson
, new resident of Toronto [yay!!] and I are working on the design together. It's very simple, designed to take advantage of the drape of the non-woolly fibers in the yarn. Pictures forthcoming, promise.
And now I need to get to it!
By the way, I know my blogging has been pretty spotty for a while, and though part of it is due to the requirements of magazine production, most of it
is due to Twitter
. It's so easy to whip off a few sentences and maybe attach a single picture that it makes blogging seem ever so much harder. :-)
For those with RSS-feed readers, if you care to read the Twitterings of a geek knitting magazine editor, you'll find the feed here: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/18513281.rss
I will not be abandoning the blog, no sir! But I am loving the Twitter.
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