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Coolness

Hey, Mom! Look at what I can do!

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That would be the cuffs of 1 pair of socks (2 socks). Knit on 1 set of needles. With 1 sock inside of the other. Like in Anna Karenina, where she pulls one sock out of the other when she’s finished with the pair.

Yeah, it’s like Stupid Human Tricks, but for socks. No, seriously. I know it doesn’t look like much, but you should be Seriously Impressed by this. This is a Feat of Awesome. (Or maybe a Feet of Awesome?) Anyway, knitters go for entire lifetimes without ever even attempting this. I’m not patting myself too hard on the back for it, because I’m only about 1 inch down on the cuff, and haven’t even gotten to stockinette, much less to the heels. But still. Seriously. Awesome.

OK, and the other cool thing I did this week:

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This is Not Your Granny’s Granny Square, a scarf made of granny squares (crochet) in laceweight yarn (you remember laceweight, right? It’s what I’ve used to make several amazing and elegant shawls?). I finished sewing it up, and am now on the part where I block it, so it gets all drapey the way lace does, then seam in all those little hairy ends. Weaving in the ends is probably the least-favorite part for most knitters and crocheters, and it’s why I usually try to weave in as I go. But with lace yarn, it’s really best for me to weave in later– blocking does so much to the lace, that anywhere you might weave-as-you-go might change too much to continue hiding the end.

So, yeah. Those are my two bouts of Awesomeness for today.

How did the rest of you strive for Awesome this week?

Shirts, Shops, and Shouts

The T-Shirts are Coming!

The shirts are at the printers, getting the artwork tweaked a little bit, and turning into awesome T-shirty goodness! They will be available hopefully by the end of next week, in Youth S-M-L, Adult S-M-L-XL and Adult Plus 2XL-3XL. I’m trying to keep them as affordable as possible so everyone can enjoy them. I’m also setting up a very basic web cart to handle shirt orders and other goodies. After a grueling democratic process, the color has been chosen: white!

I’m actually quite pleased with this selection, because I think the shirts will look terrific on a white background, and white is gender-neutral, so our male readers will be able to enjoy them, too. The shirts are standard fit and 100% cotton. This is our first run stocking shirts; we’ll carry more if there’s enough interest in them.

What? Another Shop Visit?

May is going to be a very busy month! In addition to the shop visit at KnitWitz in Stockton on May 1, while I’m in Portland on May 12, I’m heading over to KnitPurl for a shop visit and talk! Both visits are just after Issue #2 comes out, so I know we’ll all have plenty to talk about! If you’re local or in the area, come by the shops for the meet and greet and signing; I’d love to met you!

More Shops Added!

We added more shops this week, including Fancy Tiger in Denver, Colorado, and Woolly Notions, opening soon in Graeagle, California– good luck with the new venture!

As always, check the Shop Locator if you’re looking for the comic and don’t know where to find it! We’re up to 38 shops worldwide now– very exciting!

How’s it All Going?

I get this question a surprising amount (almost as often as I get “where are you?” but that’s another story).

Right now, a lot of Issue #2 is out of my hands. Marc’s working on the artwork. The designer is working on the design. My creative contribution, the writing, is done, so I doodle with new designs of my own, work on personal and side projects (I still have something of a day job, after all), and knit on various “stuff.” The past couple of weeks, I’ve picked up a crochet hook again for the first time in a long time, and in an evening of fooling around, I crocheted this little goodie:

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Isn’t that fun? I’ll be writing up the pattern as some freeform crochet and knit instructions for Maker Faire in San Francisco, and to be available on the website in May. I’m hoping handknit mask-wearing takes off big time, and we all go around making masks for ourselves. Practical, too: if you have insomnia, you could turn it into a cute sleeping mask by knitting over the eye holes.

Shout Outs

In my quest to find the shout outs and mentions this week, I pulled up my server logs– you all have been busy, I must say!

Morningbear shows the secret behind my method for handline subscriptions that start on Issue #2.

I put a few comics in the hands of local yarn shop owners who attended the Yarn Market News conference earlier this month.

Purl Girl Knits picked up her copy of Handknit Heroes at Stitches! It was great to meet you, too!

Bonjour á nos amis de Quebec! Je suis trés heureuse de faire votre connaissances. Je parle français (plus où moins), si vous avez des questions, n’hesitez pas a demander.

Craft Sanity got a copy of HKH in her Phat Fiber box!

G1 Phone User Guide

Someday I will write
Online help system in haiku.
No one will read it.

John and I got G1 phones (the Google phone). They’re pretty cool, and hidden in the user manual, in the “Caring for your Phone” section, are little bits of poetic language, just waiting there as gems for the people who actually DO RTFM. Like “Water will damage your phone and accessories – even a small amount such as water droplets from a soda in your car cup-holder, melting snowflakes, tears of joy….”

Precious. Just… precious. I know there are some folks from Google who drop in on my blog once in a while (and if not, I’m sure someone will find this through… a google search!) so, to the technical writing team over at Google: Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

Long-time Finishing

This blanket took me almost 2 years to finish. It’s not even very big, but after I had knit 22 squares, I just lost interest in it– in the yarn, in the project as a whole, etc. Fortunately, it still matches the interior colors of the motorhome, so finishing it did give me a nice, cute throw blanket for the sofa:

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The yarn is Cascade 220 superwash, which means I can throw this into the laundry as needed for cat hair.

I also finished writing a pattern/design that I’ve photographed and shared with Marc– it’s pretty cool and spiffy, and I’m looking forward to getting it all tested and knit up for the events in May!

T-shirts, Voting, and Shouts

All Quiet on the Store Front… for now!

It’s pretty quiet here in Handknit Heroes Central. We’re working away on getting a better web store running. Marc’s taking a little time to work on a personal project. And I’m focusing on our marketing and upcoming events schedule, trying to make sure I don’t cause myself to collapse entirely in October, when the 2 shows in the UK are followed by Rhinebeck and Stitches East…. the temptation to go to both of those on my way back from England is very, very high.

New Shops

We’ve added 2 new shops this week– Yarn Over in the UK, a brand new shop in East Sussex (opening March 31), and Fancy Tiger in Denver, Colorado!

T-Shirts are Coming!

Marc, the shipping team, and I have worked out the kinks in offering T-shirts. In the next week or 2, we’ll be carrying T-shirts with the cute 1-frame artwork with Sue and Ana:

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Now, I’d like to to pick a great color for these shirts, and I’d love your opinions! Click here to vote for a t-shirt color (http://www.demochoice.org/dcballot.php?poll=Hkhshirts)! I’m not considering black, because very dark colors add a lot to the printing costs. We will offer black t-shirts some day, but not in this first, limited edition shirt run.

Shout outs

A quick shout-out from BenSparks!

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