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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Energy Crisis

"Energy and persistence alter all things."

- Benjamin Franklin

Feeling sluggish this evening - don't know why - maybe it's adrenalin let down after several VERY busy days. Today was catch up day on the Sunflower farm.

Laundry, closet cleaning for a trip to Goodwill, tackling the kitchen of doom...

Things tend to slide around here when there's a release date around.

And don't even TALK to me about Christmas! No decorations up, barely any gifts purchased. I am really behind this year. I have however, baked cookies and started knitting some presents which cannot be shown here.

Speaking of which, another of yours should be ready by the end of the week.

Now that Spruce is out, I have been devoting my knitting time to this

Yes, it's another free Xmas Cowl pattern: this time in colorwork. I am well past the midpoint in the design and back to using only 2 colors at a time with no pesky long carries to twist and tangle the yarn. The rest should go pretty smoothly. And it's DK weight so it goes quickly.

Missed the deadline for submission to the Spring/Summer issue of Knitty - darn it! It is today. I could have finished my pattern, but realized I didn't have time to adequately photograph it. If only I had the idea sooner - sigh!

But things continue to roll along. I really want to make a splash with the design so will be contacting a lot of you to test knit in January. Maybe if I can get a number of projects on the Rav boards quickly, I can make an impression.

I'll share pics of that project later this week.

Other exciting news looms in the New Year. A new website over on Wordpress with a real store!

Long overdue, I know...

Didn't realize quite how bad it really is until I heard Lime & Violet's most recent podcast. They went on and on about my designs and it was obvious they were on line at the time because they kept saying things like, "Down there, at the bottom of the sidebar" and "I know it's here somewhere!"

The segment about me lasted a good ten minutes and probably would have been half that, had my blog been easier to navigate. Y'all have been very patient with me.

I know I should have something inspirational to say, but my energy crisis has gotten the better of me this evening, Maybe tomorrow...

After all, in the words of the immortal Scarlett O' Hara, "Tomorrow is another day!"

Just to spread the joy around, I will be giving away a free pattern (of your choice - Spruce excluded) to one commenter a day through Christmas, randomly chosen by Mrs. Claus (just me - don't get too excited).

I'll announce the previous day's winner in each post this month, If you are the winner, email me your preference at susanpandorf@comcast.net and I'll email your pattern right out to you.

Doesn't that sound like a lot of fun?

Yesterday's winner is: Lois poohknits. Email me, girl...

Now aren't you glad you left a comment?

34 comments:

CinnabarsKnitter said...

::volunteers to test-knit::

RachelAnderson said...

I can't wait to see the new patterns ... and the new website. But, all is not lost. While they were talking about you for 10 minutes, you had that much more exposure than if they had only been talking about you for 5. It's all about looking at the sunny side of things. (but yes, I still am excited for the new website).

RachelAnderson said...

Oh, and I have to copy the prior post ... I would love to test knit ... as long as its lace. ;-)

craftycat said...

Hugs hon!!! I so know what you mean about being behind. I look forward to the new changes.

That cowl is gorgeous.

Hugs!!!
Cat

Rebecca in Tennessee said...

haven't bought a thing for Christmas yet and have 5 kids still at home....just can't seem to catch up enough to get it together....I feel your pain.

HL said...

Looking forward to a new website! I keep thinking I'll migrate but it's just not a priority.

Can we see the back of the cowl? Would like to see the carrying....

:) Abs

adrienne said...

cookies are good

Erin said...

I love the new cowl pattern, pretty colorwork! You've been so very busy, don't forget to take a little break for yourself. I hope you have a lovely and restful evening tonight.

RagdollDesigns said...

Love color work - keep going!

Suzanne said...

Cowls are so much fun to knit.

Donna Lee said...

You know, you really have done remarkable things considering it's only been a short while since you were trying to figure out "this whole blog thing"!

Kristen said...

I see schoolhouses in the design of that cowl!

squiggi said...

love the cowl

Jani said...

I had wondered why there aren't more colorwork cowls out there - glad to see yours! And don't worry, there's always the new, early 'Fall' Knitty to try for.

Nancy in VT said...

funny timing- Gone With the Wind was on TV today! On to more Christmas knitting!

A 30-something femme createrix said...

The holiday cowl ooks LOVELY! I haven't braved colorwork yet, but it looks so nice, once it's done, I might have to try your pattern :) I feel you on the low energy thing. I've been dragging all day! My blinks even seem long, lol. Unfortunately, I realized about an hour ago it's because I haven't taken my thyroid meds for the last two days, so it's all my fault! Tomorrow is indeed another day and, hopefully, it will include a lot of energy for us both :)

Rabbitknitz said...

OOOOO! I can't wait to see the new cowl. Don't feel bad about the decorations. I just got my tree yesterday, and I don't have nearly your reasons! You sound VERY busy. Kudos on the shout out on the Lime and Violet podcast! If you go to Wordpress, will your blog move over there, too?

Karen M said...

I really like the cowl, I can't wait until the pattern is up, I would volunteer to test knit but when it comes to stranded knitting I'm still a baby.

Amy said...

Congratulations on the well-deserved attention from Lime & Violet. All of your designs are lovely and have wide appeal. This is clearly so or they wouldn't have spent the 10 minutes trying to navigate. :)

Susan said...

I like the cowl. Is this what you were asking people to test knit on Plurk yesterday?

Now that my Red Scarf Project knitting is done, I am back to knitting for my family.

Ash said...

Rest and eat cookies. We can wait for your works--they're worth it.

Ulla Stigaard said...

Maybe all the excitement has drained your energy. I hope you will feel better after a good night's sleep. I'd love to have the opprotunity to to test knit too, but I don't suppose I need to say it out loud, doesn't everyone want to be a test knitter for Susan Pandorf?

Suz B said...

Really looking forward to seeing the website!! And love the cowl design. I am not hot on colour work (I am a lace "gal") but might well give this one a go!

Suz

arly said...

I like the colorwork.a nice change

bev said...

If you can put up with my fussiness, I will test knit for you. And the energy crisis is one that I gave up a few years back. We don't give lavish gifts any longer. At our house, a single gift for the family is sufficient. Then, we wait until New Years Day, get a huge gift card for each person with the money I didn't spend on gifts for Christmas and we all go, as a family, shopping. It is great fun and everyone but the DH loves it. The DH doesn't enjoy the whole shopping thing, but loves having the money to get what he really wants. Makes for a very relaxing holiday season!
Maybe you should save your energy.

Dr. Jackie said...

Still hoping to win!

Marianne said...

Hi Mrs. claus...please pick me

Julie said...

Congratulations on your new store. I'm not sure why people find it difficult to navigate your blog. When I found it I loved it and have been coming back ever since. The cowl is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing it completed. You have certainly been a busy bee!!

Anonymous said...

Love the cowl. Love reading your blog. Love the contests.
Andrea

Linda said...

We've all been in that "I'm behind and I don't know if I can catch up" stage at least once, I think. Hang in there and try to enjoy this holiday season.

carrollb said...

"I know I should have something inspirational to say,"

Please don't "should" on yourself. Tomorrow is another day, and we'll all still be here.

"Carpe" knitting!

DebKnits2 said...

Cute cowl!

Monika said...

Just reading about you being exhausted, makes me tired. Nice cowl pattern! Looking forward to the new website.

Sally said...

can't wait to see the finished cowl!!