Random but related

Three kinda' related bits-

1. Yesterday was a great day. I finally finished up a pattern and sent it to my Technical Editor. It's for Nesting Dolls, a set of knitted and felted dolls that fit snugly inside each other. I was stumped about how to embellish their bellies and my friend Naomi suggested embroidering floral motifs on a piece of felt and then stitching that on. I had other help on this pattern too. My husband Michael helped draw the embroidery designs in Illustrator and my sister and fellow-blogger Laura watched my kids ALL DAY so I could put the finishing touches on the pattern and the next few that are in the works. Hooray for finishing projects and for supportive friends and family. 

I am hoping to publish the pattern for them next week. A friendly dragon and his cave-home are up next.

2. Laura introduced me to a great poem by Karla Kuskin called "Knitted Things" I think it's delightful.

There was a witch who knitted things:
Elephants and playground swings.
She knitted rain,
She knitted night,
But nothing really came out right.
The elephants had just one tusk
And night looked more
Like dawn or dusk.
The rain was snow
And when she tried
To knit an egg
It came out fried.
She knitted birds
With buttonholes
And twenty rubber butter rolls.
She knitted blue angora trees.
She purl stitched countless purple fleas.
She knitted a palace in need of a darn.
She knitted a battle and ran out of yarn.
She drew out a strand
Of her gleaming, green hair
And knitted a lawn
Till she just wasn’t there.

Hooray for knitting-related poetry!

3. This week Whip Up mentioned a new book by Diane at CraftyPod, "Creating a Blog Audience." I bought the book and am so pleased I did. It is a really well-done e-book that is written specifically for craft bloggers. I am excited about making some changes on our blog based on what I learned. Diane talks about engagement marketing and the craft-blog community. I also found her writing on different types of audience really helpful. I am already working my way through the worksheets. Hooray for other craft bloggers and self-publishing!