Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ho Ho Ho! Cocoon & Hat Set

Time for another peek at an upcoming pattern from my book. Celebrate the season and the arrival of your little one with this merry Ho Ho Ho! cocoon. This simple shape is adorned with a fluffy yarn around the border and a ribbed stitch bodice that frame the festive embroidered motifs. Perfect as a wintry welcome for a new baby. If you'd like to purchase this for your tiny new elf, visit trickyknits.com.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Later, Gator!

Hello gentle followers! Time to post a sneak peek of a pattern from my book ("Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way").

For the first time in view of the blogosphere - here is the Later Gator Blanket, lovingly plopped upon by my Jeannie.

Headnotes from the book...

“See you later, alligator!” Now, there’s a cute animal rhyme that we’ve all heard countless times, but probably have never seen on a baby blanket - which is exactly why I thought it would be so cute. This snappy little treasure is sure to “wow” the new parents. I’ve knit it with a double-strand of the softest organic cotton, making it the perfect weight for snuggling in any season. This blanket is a bit more time-consuming because of the embroidery, but so worth the extra effort for the years of crocodile smiles it will bring."


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Party on Your Head!

Well, since I have a book coming out, I guess that means I'm supposed to start spreading the word - slowly building my own little merry band of followers who will hang on my every breath. (Right). I'm not one for evangelism, but heck - if I had to pick one thing to stir up a crowd about, why the heck not my knitting book? So, to my tiny (make that "teeeeeny") list of hearty followers who have been visiting this dry well for months, it's showtime! I'll be posting very frequently (OK, maybe not every day - I do have 7 young children pawing at me), but...frequently. Like tomorrow for sure.

Gotta go knit and list my new stuff on my Etsy shop!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My book is finished!

I can't believe I just heard myself say that! After 6 looonnnng months of writing and knitting and writing some more...and styling yarn for photos (who knew I'd be doing that?) - it is absolutely finished! Every last caption, every last how-to photo, every last teeny thing is done.

"Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way" (thank you, Sellers Publishing!) is due to hit the streets in March 2011 and is available for pre-order at most online booksellers. Don't believe me? (Don't worry - I still can't either) - here's the link. It is the real deal.

Stay tuned here for sneek peaks of patterns and pics from the book!

Visit my shop! trickyknits.com
Thank you to my fab photographer, Brooke Kelly!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Whew! One deadline down!

Oh, sweet relief that this day has come and gone. The first major deadline for my book - the manuscript, the photos, and the actual knitted items of the first 4 projects - is today. Miraculously, everything made it out the door. I could never do this w/o the selfless help of my sweet husband, Timothy, and my wonderful editor, Cary Hull.

Take a quick breath, then surge on to the next 6 projects due July 15! AGhhh!!!

We had a great time shooting outside in my backyard the other day - 4 newborns. Such fun! And my soon-to-be-1 year old already is digging fiber, as evidenced in the glazed look on her face as she stares into the yarn...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Here comes the sun...

What a week here in Nashville. I never would have believed this flooding (still strange to hear myself say it) it if I hadn't seen it.

A few things I used to think:

1) You have to live right on a really big river to get flooded.
2) If you live right on a really big river and it floods, well - you had it coming.

Was I ever wrong on both counts. It is hard to imagine what has happened here, and oddly enough - even harder to describe even though I've been seeing it in person this whole week. We have been told that we just experienced a 1,000 Year Flood Event, so I guess we have that going for us.

Here's what Nashville's been up to:

The great thing is that we're handling it on our own. Nobody is down here helping us - it's just us. And we really are handling it. Despite still having no power for days, there have been scant reports of looting. No crime sprees. And our beloved police chief Ronal Serpas (who, sadly for us, just took that same job in New Orleans this week), chuckled when asked how many arrests had been made for looting - 4, and 2 of them were cowards from Springfield who drove here hoping to cash in on our misfortune.

For the first 3 days last weekend, several of my children were stranded at friends' homes b/c the roads to Bellevue (I-40, Old Harding, Hwy 100, Hwy 70) were all underwater. I mean - Bellevue? Yeah, Old Harding from Sawyer Brown to Poplar Creek Rd. was flooded - as in all you saw were the rooftops in River Plantation - for days. People were being rescued by boat from the rapids in the Belle Meade Kroger parking lot. These places are miles from the Cumberland River downtown. Little creeks that you could normally hop across became huge torrents that swept away cars. Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the Cancer Center - nowhere near any river - had their basements and first floors flooded.

Here's the scoop - at about 5:00 Friday afternoon (May 7th) we loaded up our whole family in our 2 cars, plus the grill and a couple of tables, then headed to Costco where we bought tons of typical picnic food and condiments, a case of oranges, a few boxes of cookies, paper towels, hand sanitizer, water, plates, etc. I had sent a message to my neighborhood listserv that we'd love some help, and within minutes I had $300 in donations, not to mention more donations of food. I love my nabers. We drove out Old Harding and just picked a random spot on Morton Mill (subdivision across from the driving range). We basically just unloaded the car on the corner, fired up the grill, and set out looking for hungry passers-by. It did not take long to find takers! Rest assured, friends - this meager offering was heartily received by hot, tired, and grubby workers and homeowners - even one policeman. We were thanked repeatedly. And it was nice to see so many other people driving by offering water, ice, use of tools, etc. We stayed til dark then loaded it all up again and came home. My children were very happy to have helped (they each had a job) but totally konked out in the car on the way home.

The devastation is astonishing - truly surreal to see it in person. Hundreds and hundreds of households with every item they owned strewn about the yard in musty piles -not to mention all the ruined drywall, kitchen cabinets, windows, insulation, hvac units, appliances, flooring, lawnmowers, etc. We never saw the owners of the house where we were standing, but I know what her wedding dress looked like, what color curtains they had, what size shoes they wear - it was all right there at my feet on the curb.

And so with that, I thank you again and will tell you that the Drake/Moses family will back at it tomorrow - and we'll get a much earlier start - no later than lunchtime. I am happy to share our donated goods if someone else would like to do the same in another spot. I think I'll load up the children and scope out Bordeaux tomorrow morning - geez, like I even know where that is exactly. But we'll figure it out.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Book...

Well, I never thought I'd hear myself say these words, but I have closed my Etsy shop (TrickyKnits) to write a book. Still sounds strange. But a fabulous thing happened and the upshot is that for the next few months I get to order beautiful yarn and try to whip it into beautiful creations for newborns and toddlers. What's not to love about that? It keeps me up at night - my head spins with fun things to try! So, I whip out my sketch book and write it down before it disappears into the ether. I think it will be hard to narrow this book to just 20 designs...maybe Volume II is out there on the horizon somewhere!

Off to knit!