One of the cruelest things about the way the knitting design world works is that, because of the lead time necessary for publication, tons of deadlines for finished samples and patterns and articles fall throughout August. The very time that the kids are rammiest and need the most entertaining, the month that is perfect for vacations, the time (for me, at least) when the summer starts to seem all used up and I just want to lay around in the air conditioning and read escapist fiction but instead we have to go to Staples or Target and buy school supplies from absurdly-detailed lists ("four green paper folders with 2 pockets on the inside", "one clip-on pencil case" -- what on earth is a "clip-on pencil case"?).*
Yesterday I finished the last of 5 or 6 various projects that were all due over the course of August. I'd breathe a huge sigh of relief, except I still have so many things I want to do before the summer is over and, let's face it, I've pretty much run out of time.
Instead I will take solace in the fact that someone in the world is mightily productive. Check out Sandvik -- a gorgeous Faroese shawl by WendyKnits knit in.... Black Bunny Fibers laceweight! Isn't it gorgeous? A huge thanks to Wendy for creating such a lovely shawl in BBF yarn. (I've ordered more of that particular laceweight blend, if you're interested, although there is some great wool/silk laceweight in the BBF shop right now, called "Flutter.")
*I know I've complained about this before, but I just don't understand why all of a sudden, kids are expected to provide their own freakin' pencils for school. WTF? The amount of school taxes I pay and my kids have to bring in their own pencils? [Insert your favorite cranky "when I was a kid we walked ten miles to school, barefoot, in the snow, and there were always No. 2 pencils waiting for us at the one-room schoolhouse" speech here.]
UPDATE: Ha! I found at least 15 patterns listed on Ravelry for knitted or crocheted book covers!