Sunday, May 26, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013


Today I published my 101st knitting pattern. I fell into designing in 2007 with the publication of Neiman. And it kept going. I never made a choice to design, I never had a moment where I decided to be, or felt that I was, a professional. Now I have an Employer Identification Number and an LLC, but it's just me in a messy apartment (soon to be a messy office in an otherwise organized home, KNOCK WOOD), plus a great tech editor, my sister, and some amazing test and sample knitters.

Pattern number 101 is Shante, an art yarn cowl that, to quote Karida of Neighborhood Fiber Co., is "a little bit drag queen, a little bit rock and roll." You can use the Ozark Handspun, or sub another art yarn or your own handspun.

You can purchase the pattern for $5:

To celebrate the 101 mark, I'm giving 50% off all my self-published patterns until I publish pattern number 102 (probably in about two weeks). You can find the patterns here. Use the coupon code 101 at checkout. Enjoy, and pass it on! And THANK YOU!

(Oh, and about the house: CLOSING THIS WEEK!!!!)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Weaverknits Yellow Pages Search FAILS!

Nope, don't have a house yet, but I feel like we're getting closer. Last week I got an email from the mortgage people that said "CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

But then it said, "you have been approved with these remaining conditions," followed by a list. The list was short, but one of the requests was for an explanation of why the Yellow Pages search for my two businesses, Weaverknits and Ann Weaver the freelance copyeditor, failed to produce any results.

Short answer: Because it is not 1970. This is my office at home (also the only three pieces of furniture in our current apartment, a table and two chairs):

But this is also my office in a hotel room (note the shockingly not bad Wine Cube in the foreground; I was unwinding):

Look closely at the knitting on the left. It's a new design some of you may have seen this weekend. Coming soon!!!

I replicate this office wherever I go: family and friends' houses, hotels, coffee shops. My businesses consist of me, at least one computer, and a few knitting projects. Where would I list such a thing in the yellow pages?

Also not in the yellow pages: The Baltimore Satellite Reef! The opening was Friday, and the exhibition is up through June 28.

The bleached reef plus angry painted turtle:

Blues and greens (a few pieces from me are in this shot; I ended up crocheting like crazy the week before the show. It's addictive and cathartic):


Check it out if you're in the Baltimore area! And cross your fingers for me and the home buying nightmare!!!