Here is a sampling of spring on this side of the Black Mountains:
No photos yet because the model is in bed, but hopefully I can post a couple tomorrow. The pattern, as I've stated many times, needs serious work, and I don't know that I have the time or energy to put into "fixing"* it and making a tutorial to help out any other people who might like to try their crochet hooks at it. I would have loved to, though. Priorities, priorities.
Glad to have that project off my hands.
Come Sunday I hope to have writing progress to post here.
* By fixing it, I mean not only make the directions clearer but adjust measurements to fit kids as I know (have) them. I made the 18-24 month size, and it is understandably a bit long for Junebug, but Sprout, who is 4.5 can wear it. I can barely button it around Junebug's waist, even after adding rows to the buttonband. The sleeves were also too narrow at the wrists. I upped the size to the one for 36 month-olds and STILL had to add rows up the sides to make the sleeves big enough...
Time to head to the shower then bed, for lo, the alarm will sound at 3:30 a.m. J and I will have to lug two kids and all the bags down four flights of stairs because the elevator has been out of commission for almost a week. Going to refuel for a day (hopefully half a day) of traveling.
But this time tomorrow, I'll be in France, listening to a chorus of night-loving insects instead of incessant car horns. Can't wait.
Catch you from the other continent...
Since wrapping up the zero draft, I haven't touched my kid's book.
This week, I worked a bit on Junebug's sweater. Stil have to finish one sleeve and then put it together and make the hood. Will I finish before we leave for France on Thursday?
I doubt it. :P
Revision and further research are in my future.
This week, however, I need to focus on getting Junebug's sweater finished. I know he will need it in France. I really need quiet and time alone to make progress, two commodities in short supply around here. :P
A good time was had by all.
I'm on monastery hours now, and it is waaaaaay past my bedtime. Will try to check in a bit more in the coming days, but we are entering a really busy time right now:
- J is doing an 8-day blacksmithing workshop;
- several get-togethers with friends before leaving for the summer;
- a retreat next weekend;
- leaving for the summer on the 14th, so a ton of bits and bobs to get accomplished before then...
As I was telling frigg, this is coming hard to me, despite my silly remarks long ago that "it shouldn't be too hard" to write nonfiction. It still has to be entertaining, informative, and accessible. Tricky for one of my convoluted tendencies.
This week I went off on a bit of tangent and sketched skads of lions. I started doing a cat head and then got an idea for a story about a lion, so I drew a bunch of variations on a lion's face and ways the mane could be.
So for a snippet, the cat and some of the lions:
Suffice it to say, I had stuff to share today, and for that I am content.
Ha! Posted then hit "edit," and it let me post the photos. Go figure.