Friday, September 12, 2014

My Amazon Author Page

It exists! It's kind of a strange feeling....


If you have a book on Amazon and you're on the fence about making an author page, you should do it! It's truly easy, Amazon has great customer service, and if you get confused, there is a lot of information out there about how to fix/add/soup up your profile.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sock Architecture Is Here!!!!!!

I came home last night to a box.


...and opened it to find this!


It's real! It exists! Could you ALL hear me squealing with delight? 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Crazy Cat Couple Achievement Unlocked



When we saw cat ties at i like you, I knew it was all over. Boomer (top photo) likes his tie better than Travis likes his. (Don't worry, we don't leave them on, they would be destroyed or dropped in a toilet within the hour, anyway.) 

Maybe Boomer just likes all the extra attention. Our little boy, all grown up. 

Yes, I know. We're officially crazy. But, at least we only have two.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Unofficial KAL

One consequence of adding a bunch of patterns to Ravelry at the same time is that my designer page has become an unintentional popularity contest for all of the patterns in Sock Architecture. I'm pretty sure the patterns are shown in order from most popular to least popular, since it isn't in the order that added them.

Right now, Uncommon Dragon appears to be the fan favorite, by a wide margin!



I'm planning on knitting up some of the patterns from Sock Architecture as a VERY unofficial knit-a-long. Would you like to join me? I'll start as soon as my needles are free from obligatory/deadline knitting - and I'll start with whichever pattern is the most popular, according to Ravelry.

If you want to watch me knit your favorite one first, go "vote" with your like!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Mistakes, Errors and Other Problems

When I started work on Sock Architecture, I talked to all of my knitting friends about what they look for in knitting books.

Accuracy was a big one. No one wants to face trying to figure out if it is their knitting, their brain, or maybe the designer's mistake when their pattern just isn't working out.

The more people I talked to about accuracy in publishing, the more (very kind) people pointed out that it's nearly impossible to have absolutely no errors in a book. There are just too many ways for a mistake to sneak in there.

So, we did our best, and many people had a hand in making Sock Architecture as perfect as possible, but there is at least one error an eagle-eyed friend of mine has pointed out to me.

I'm making the errors in the book as easy to find as its praise - so the errata page is right next to the Reviews page on this blog. I will add errata notes there and to the Ravelry page for each design as they come up.

Please forgive me if any of my mistakes trip you up. I truly want Sock Architecture to make knitting socks the most fun you can have with sticks, strings and your knitting brain.

Yarnbomb in Minneapolis!


I didn't do this, I swear, but isn't it adorable? I love site-specific art! It's on 50th and France.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Math4Knitters Podcast Reboot and the Knitmore Girls



The Knitmore Girls agree with my IRL knitting group - I should restart the podcast. Actually, like everyone else who hasn't been a previous fan, they don't seem to know that I've put it on pause.

It may take me a little bit. I have to find my microphone (I checked the box I thought it was in and, no dice) and figure out the most efficient way to do it. I will probably start with a twice-a-month schedule and see how it goes. It will NOT be on the Journal Gazette website, since I don't work there anymore, so it would be a completely new feed.

I do miss the intimate nature of podcasting, and I will probably not do so many interviews, but we'll just see how it goes...

Any questions or suggestions would definitely make it easier for me to get going!

Totally Normal Behavior


Everyone pauses horror movies to take pictures of architectural details, right? I mean, seriously, it's starting to seem as if houses are haunted because they are so cool looking. This is a grating (mysterious noises come out of it, so we get a good close-up view) from Haunter, which is kind of like Groundhog Day, only Bill Murray is an annoyed teenage girl being held hostage by a truly evil ghost. So, you know, pretty much the same. I LOVE the lines/diamonds/squares in this grate.