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Pirates Stole My Knitting Time

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 12:24 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2006

I was busy all day yesterday, but not actually knitting. It was heavily knitting related, but almost no actual manipulation of yarn with needles occurred.

Almost. I did work an inch or so of the Baby Blanket that’s on my WIP list.

What kept me so busy? Tomorrow is the deadline for mailing packages to our Booty Swap pals, and I still had to gather together most of the things I’m sending. But the biggest part of the job was completing the writing, the photography, and the layout for The Pirate Project. That’s the new knitting pattern I’ve designed especially for the Booty Swap, and which I will have available here as a free, downloadable PDF file after swap packages have found their destinations.

It takes a lot of work to put a pattern into publishable form. Even after the hard process of actually creating the design, then managing to write down accurately how you did it so others can duplicate it. There’s taking, and then selecting, the pictures; writing the descriptive text; remembering all the extra instructions, like I-cords, that must be included because you can’t assume that your reader knows them; figuring out what abbreviations you used and providing definitions for all of them; proofreading, testing, and proofreading again to see if your directions actually work. And then taking all that and laying it out in an attractive way on the printed page.

The good news is, I totally got the whole thing done yesterday. Well, I finished it. I’ve actually been working on it on and off for several weeks now. But I’m pleased with the final result, and even though I was tearing out my hair a few times, the hard work was worth it.

You’ll get to see it next week, and can judge for yourself then.

Sable in Hammock
Sable says, “Get back to knitting, Mom! We lurrrrrv our hammock, but we’ll outgrow it before you know it!”

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