Saturday, September 6, 2014

Where Have All the Projects Gone?

The reason I haven't blogged in a while is that I have been busy designing this, that, and the other.

Two crochet projects being submitted to Storey Publishing for one of their upcoming 101 One Skein series books:

the whimsical Zucchini Cocoon (with matching hat)

and below, a lace "cloud" of a blanket.

Wish me luck--I hope they make it into the book!

Submitting patterns to others, however, means a looming, brooding cloud of dreaded deadlines.  I kept trying to substitute the word "lifeline" in my mind, or "submission date" or "reception date," but I just couldn't fool myself.  It still felt like a deadline.  Cue the high blood pressure.

So I didn't let myself blog.  I hardly ever let myself spin, or quilt--I didn't finish my one UFO quilt a month "deadline" either!  Yikes!  It began to feel like a burden instead of a joy, so I told myself, "You don't have to finish the quilt.  Just finish the crochet patterns and get them out the door."

As of this morning, the pattern has been e-mailed, the "cloud" itself is off to Massachusetts by snail mail, and I have promised to reward myself with blogging and quilting and spinning like a wild woman, all the live-long day!

Just wanted to drop a blogline first.

And before I go, here's a sneak peak at one version of a new blanket pattern I'm developing.  This is just the center; the border really makes it pop.

All will be revealed in due course, as will the new patterns!


  1. Crossing my fingers and sending good thoughts for your submissions. LOVE the zucchini!

  2. I'm crossing my fingers for you too Reyna. I love what you have designed for submission and I'm sending positive thoughts. Deadlines are worrisome aren't they? I had a similar situation when I was asked to knit a pair of socks for the 2nd Mason-Dixon book. I made the deadline (barely) but it was stressful. So kudos to you for designing and finishing!

  3. Crossing my fingers and doing the dance of joy...good luck!


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