it sometimes happens

The original.

It was back in January when I got the email, it was from Vickie Howell saying she had stumbled across one of my photos online and was wondering if I would mind if she used it in her upcoming book. I was shook, cripes I watched Vickie on PBS and Knitty Gritty when I was first learning to knit!

A few things ran through my head:

No.1 I still really love the Beekeepers Quilt and I still really love my Constellation Charts.

No.2 Holy Shit!

No.3 Why did I stitch a Taurus chart and photograph it? No one in my family is a Taurus, and my original picture was from 2011 and for the absolute life of me I can’t remember why Taurus.

No.4 Feeling pretty justified in watermarking my photos. I’ve always debated with myself if it was worth the extra effort to do so, or if it just came across as pretentious. I never did it thinking it was going to stop people from stealing them, I did it just to make sure no matter where they ended up that hopefully people could track it back to me. (Granted it only took 8ish years, but it worked ..haha!)

The publisher needed a hi resolution version of the image and I panicked, not knowing if my then early 2000s Nikon Coolpix point and shoot even took publisher quality hi-res images (back in the day image files were huge and my little 32mb SD card embarrassing by todays standards) ..did I even kept the original ..what if I didn’t keep the f’ing original!!!! Anyways, after sifting through old flash drives I finally found it, I sent off a few images not fully knowing what I was doing or what they were looking for, then a little while later Vickie asks me what are the odds I have something even higher resolution, I didn’t, but I still had the puffs, so we decided a reshoot would be the fix, it was, and now I have a picture in a book. ๐Ÿ’•

Slow & Steady

There is something about working mid-weight lace that is just so pleasing, the knitting builds up quick and once done it doesn’t melt into a puddle of unrecognizable folds around your neck ๐Ÿ’•

..pay no attention to the fact this took me over a year to finish..

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Cowl Pattern: Slipstream

Project Bag Pattern: Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio

half heart

I didn’t “need” another blush, but I kinda “NEEDED” this blush, the packaging totally brought me back to the memories of playing with my grandmas ornate AVON glamour compacts and at the same time stirring the 1980s kid in me and my love of plastic charms, solid perfume lockets & lip gloss tins!

My rosy cheeks didn’t stop there, I also restocked with NARS Orgasm (which happens to be the perfect shade of pinky gold shimmer) ..oh and 3 Urban Decay Afterglow pans in obsessed, crush and quiver ๐Ÿ’•

..who knew I was such a makeup hoar, or how much I obviously needed to look like I’d just been sexed up (what’s with the names!?)

Speaking of pink crushes.. I was making such good progress on my Ruvene, when I realized I got lazy with my stitches, my backside cable ruts were a wanky slopped up mess and I started to doubt my ability to make a clean transition or even knit properly ..I don’t know, maybe I was just overly critical, looking for any excuse to guiltlessly rip this out. Two things: I love the simplicity of this pattern, it’s beautiful, but I have such a problem with knits (especially scarves) that have such an obvious wrong side. I would be spending all my days wearing it fussing with the placement :(

 I’ve queued 2 other giant blanket like scarves, one is DRYS (same designer as Ruvene) and the other is Endless Wrap (a name that might be more literal than I think?), both are super gorgeous and I hope a little more “reversible” ..but am I thinking realistically about this, can I wear these worsted weight beasts? I mean, I run HOT, like sit close enough and I will slightly toast you, I’m a little oven HOT and I would need to buy wool, oh wool, the stash is already OUT.OF.HAND ..blurg

oh the woes of a perfectly flush wool monger

..now I just need more pie and a shower ๐Ÿ’•