Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What's New?

Last time I wrote about the UK based magazine, KNIT, going under. Since then a new company has bought them out, and KNIT is being re-launched as YARNwise. The new magazine may have its work cut out for them, to re-build trust among subscribers, designers and advertisers, but I wish them all the best.  
Luckily, they were able to get their hands on a number of the knitted samples that had been shipped, and they are interested in publishing my pieces. So yay! 
Watch for a few of my items coming up in future issues.

My Lola’s Top  – which had been published in KNIT -  did not meet such a great fate. I never did get paid for it, and it seems I never will. Le sigh. 
Well at least I can self-publish it (which I have) and make a few bucks that way.

I want to thank the 2 Knit Lit Chicks (Barb and Tracey) who recently sponsored a contest on their podcast. For the prizes, I donated a skein of pretty yarn, 3 of my patterns, and my friend Michele (MicheleStitches) donated a beautiful project bag and stitch markers.  I think the “chicks” did a great job. 
Do check out their podcast if you haven’t already - it's fabulous!  By the way, both of them have knitted my Lydia Shawl, and their versions turned out great!

Here’s a pic of the adorable Elise, in her new sweater.
By the way, at the ripe old age of 2 ½ she has started French lessons, and her accent is wonderful.  
Now on a serious note.
My sister, who is just 2 years younger than me, has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She lives in Toronto, while I'm in Los Angeles.  I flew up to Toronto to be with her when she had her hysterectomy 3 weeks ago. She is recovering well, and we had some good "quality" time together. 
But I'm home now and I feel so helpless since there's not much I can do for her.

For the knitters out there, I did give her a lace shawl, but it's too hot out right now for it to be of much use.

She will be starting chemo as soon as she's fully recovered from the surgery. That will be difficult, as she lives alone and doesn't have a lot of friends for support.

I did think of one thing I can do: I will donate all proceeds of all my pattern sales for the month of August to the Cancer Society. 
And to sweeten the pot for my customers, they can get 20% off the purchase price using the code AUG20.  It's a small gesture, but it's all I can think of right now.

Take care everyone.