Wish we were here

Laura and I have so many good things to share with you- the story of her amazing auction fiber score, a new paper star tutorial, several knitting projects that have been started and finished and a few seasonal posts, but right now my life looks like this- 

as I work to meet my first book deadline. And as Laura's house is off-the-grid, I help with her blog photos, so I'm also the hold-up for her pending blog content.

But there's all kinds of magic happening behind the curtain and I'm really pleased with where the book is headed. It's both absorbing and challenging to focus so completely on the same several designs, and I'm so excited to eventurally be able to share them with you. I've also got some news coming up next week about how you can be involved in the book project, so stay tuned for more on that.

I've been a voracious online media consumer as I knit and knit and knit, and when I need to take a break from Downton Abbey, British comedy on Hulu, and The Daily Show, I'm really digging Diane's podcasts at CraftyPod. I found many of her free podcasts instructive and thought-provoking in the past, (her podcast about craft book publishing was one of the most helpful resources I found online when researching my book proposal), so when she began charging a fee for each podcast, I was happy to pay a small bit to support her new series. Diane often writes and talks about the business of creative work and this podcast with Lisa Congleton has been particularly helpful to me as I focus so intently on meeting my specific deadlines. 

Even though I love the work I do, sitting alone in my studio can be isolating and boring at times. Listening to Diane's podcasts helps me remember that I am a part of the larger craft community. I like that Diane features both the "bigger picture" why we do what we do converstations, as well as the nitty-gritty, how do we actually get our work done. If you'd like to think and learn more about how the business of crafting intersects with the online world, I recommend both Diane's blog and podcasts

I'm always looking for more good shows or podcasts. What do you like to listen to or watch when you're knitting a big project?