Behind the scenes
I am a firm believer in easy. And one of the things I do to keep things easy is find a handy, neutral background somewhere with good light and take most of my blog photos there. You're here to look at the stitches, not the scenery, so there's not much point in tromping off to somewhere picturesque to show you 'look, six more rounds of this hat/sock/whatever.' In the Cleveland house, it was the top of the porch railing. You can see a bit of it here, and it was the background in pretty much every close up shot while [...]
This has been a test of the Emergency Kitten Nap System
Had this been an actual emergency kitten nap, pretty much the exact same thing would have happened.
Kitten Overlord Levon wants to be sure that we are all aware of his work in the furtherance of the knitting cause. He is worried Kitten Overlord Douglas may steal too much attention, so he asked me to mention just how hard he works to keep me firmly settled in my seat, busily cooking up new projects. He guards my tea and delicately pats my knee with one paw if I do anything as ill considered as getting up. He does ask, however, that we not discuss the small whisker in cream incident that occurred shortly after this picture was [...]
Kitten Overlord Douglas is decidedly unimpressed by my sink full of soaking socks. I, on the other hand, am totally impressed and looking forward to some serious sock pictures over the next few weeks. I'll see what I can do about the furball's attitude, but enthusiasm is notoriously hard to generate in cats.
Exactly what part of "Go away, this is my chair" did you not understand?
We Regret to Inform You
We regret to inform you that the blog has been canceled for the day due to emergency kitten cuteness. I had a choice. I could either do something productive and diligent and businesslike. Or I could entertain this kitten. The kitten won. I'm sure you understand.
I believe I've mentioned the importance of bins to my organizational scheme. They really are quite central to the overall structure of my world. Each book gets two bins, one for the yarn and swatches, and one for the finished pieces. Watching the bins fill and empty is how I mark the progress of the books. And yet, at the moment, I find myself with two empty bins (because Curls just finished up, and the next book is all ready for its photo shoot and so put tidily away, Curls 2 is in progress, and the yarn for the book [...]
Kitten Overlords Barry and Levon would like you to relax. They think you very likely need a bit of a rest. To help you in this quest, they will demonstrate a high quality napping strategy. Please pay close attention.
I have a process. I have a very specific process. First I get yarn, then I swatch, then I write up a shockingly structured page of notes, then I type up the pattern. The swatch and the page of notes and the label are all stapled together (with my nifty staple-free stapler...no actual staples needed, it makes a hole to tie the swatch through, so clever it hurts). The result looks something like this. That is the process. There is no changing the process. There is no questioning the process. It works beautifully. I have everything I could need in [...]
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