Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi from Hell

Oh, I know it looks all innocent over there, wide-eyed and pink and oh-so-sweet but don't you believe it for a moment. That cardi is the devil's workshop.

The pattern was beautifully simple, clear, well-written, error-free. You couldn't ask for more. So why oh why did I struggle so much with the #*@*!@( thing?

I'll tell you why: the yarn. Plymouth Baby Boutique (also spelled Boutic on some ball bands) (See what I mean? If the yarn doesn't know its own name how can you trust it?) made me totally crazy. I swear it has a life of its own. It's not meant to be a stretchy yarn but some end-of-row stitches stretched out to three and four times their length. And let me tell you, that's one scary sight when you have almost 300 stitches on your needles and no desire to tink, frog, or jump off a high building.

It's a mystery, that's what it is. A knitting mystery. Stretchy yarn shouldn't stretch like that. And it shouldn't spring back into position as if it never happened. Shouldn't there be a calling card left behind? Some little hint that the knitter at the helm isn't crazy? That the whole now-you-see-it-now-you-don't thing wasn't a figment of her imagination?

Don't answer that.

In case you were wondering, I have been sucked into the Facebook universe and am struggling to return to the land of Blogger where thoughts can be expressed in more than three sentences. But oh how I've come to love Facebook and if you're over there too, please friend me. (I never thought I'd type that sentence. "Please friend me." Friend as a verb. Oy.)

SPUN BY SORCERY is set for release in November and my anxiety attacks are gearing up in preparation. I'm hard a work on Sugar Maple #4 and struggling to come up with a title that combines magic and knitting. And that's a whole lot harder than it sounds.

Because I've missed you (and have an inherently evil streak) drop me a note here with Baby in the subject header and you'll have a chance to win some of that possessed Baby Boutique yarn. But don't say I didn't warn you.

So what have you been up to?


Blogger Debi said...

The yarn for the Tiny Tea Cardi sounds really possessed and a BABBY is that way at times also.

I've been reading and knitting. Enjoyed SHORE LIGHTS this summer.

Combining knitting and magic into a title; yeah it sounds difficult: There It Was -- Gone


August 26, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Kate Si said...

I don't normally read fiction based around knitting (or really any non-technique/pattern knitting anything) but I loved your two books and can't wait for the third. Come to think of it I almost never read anything that could fall into romance cateogry either... Anywho, I also hope there's many more after that. Thesaurus time?

August 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger cksknitter said...

I can't wait for Spun by Sorcery. Your Sugar Maple series is so entertaining and relaxing to read!

September 2, 2010 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited for this book. I loved the first one and then found out it was a series I about died.

September 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Rhoads said...

Even though I don't knit I love these books and so happy to hear book 3 is coming soon. I just added it to my Amazon wish list.

October 9, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Rhoads said...

I'll have to send you an email but I would love it if you could drop by Fang-tastic Books to promote Spun by Sorcery.

October 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

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