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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just popped up to say hello

Have been working frantically since I got back from the I Knit day and haven't had a chance to blog at all. I've seen some of the fab photos that were taken on the day - most of them are on the I Knit flickr pool page here.

So what have I been doing? Just like the two weeks before I Knit day, I have spent these last two weeks finishing - sewing up seams, sewing on buttons, knitting button bands and collars, crocheting matching berets, blocking, pressing, darning in ends, measuring and much more.

Another issue of knitonthenet is looming and I have SO much to do I don't want to think about it.

I managed to get a design off to Twist Collective for early next year and I've got a design in Gerard's new book -

knits to share

which is out later in November. Even more exciting (sorry Gerard) is a date for publication of A Stitch in Time which is November 13th 2008. Knitonthenet's online shop should be ready in the next few days to start taking advance orders.

A Stitch in Time cover

This is the new cover featuring my beautiful friend Theo on the front cover.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I also did two little designs for the I Knit day programme and I'll be putting one of them on my blog as a free ravelry download in the next few days.

I have also decided to embark on two new research projects -

1. After a number of email conversations after posting the Galliano pattern from Elle magazine on my previous post I am finding out some more about the patterns from the magazine - Will they ever be republished etc? If anyone has any of these Elle patterns I would be very grateful for a scanned image of the photo page with the design number on.

2. I am also going to do some research on how patterns/designs came about in the Woman's Weekly magazines of the 1930's and 1940's. What I would really like to find out is who where the designers and the knitters. How long did they have from concept to completion and how did they work.I think it was an in house team, but I don't really know. If anyone knows or has heard of anyone whose mum or grandmother worked for Woman's Weekly I would love to hear from you.

Finally, I've got a new computer - my lovely IMAC - and its taking time to get myself all transferred over and to get my scanner attached and I haven't got photoshop yet so I'm a bit low on the picture front. I will have some vintage patterns that I bought off ebay to show once I get all my equipment organised and hopefully a September/October competition.

but for now
Ruby xxx