I just saw, over on Whip Up, that Jess Hutch is going to be giving a workshop at the Maker Faire in April. This caught my eye for two reasons: I just last night started on Kate, & I'm going to have a table at Bazaar Bizarre SF, which is taking place inside the Maker Faire -- &, actually reason 3 (more accurately, reason 1 + 2), is that I'm specifically making Kate to hang out on my table at BazBiz in a spokesmodel capacity for these cards that I make which are designed to be given along with a knitted gift. I would call this serendipity, except for the fact that I am going to be working the show & won't be able to go to any that one or any of the other cool workshops. I could maybe send my husband, but I bet you that he's going to be way more interested in "Hands-on Hardware Hacking" or "Sheet Metal Work for Fun." But, wow, I was just looking at the workshop list, & there's some amazing crafty stuff that's going to be happening over the weekend. Who wouldn't want to take a Gocco workshop with Jill Bliss?
Ok, so, back to stuffed cats & (almost) serendipity: last night I started digging through my yarn stash for suitable wool, & came up with almost exactly the colors called for in the pattern -- which is very unlike me, to do a pattern in the specificed colors, but I am embracing Use What You Have in a lazy sort of way, so, pink + fuschia, ho! This is an exciting project for me, due to the inherent funniness of the cat, but also because I have probably not knitted anything more substantial than a swatch of my handspun in about a year.
I haven't gotten far enough along to be very interesting, but I'm posting this because alongside this pile of fluff that came home with us from the fabric store yesterday (this is what I get for taking the kids along with me in an attempt to browse for curtain fabric, my windows remain undressed but my daughter is going to have the pinkest dress-up skirt on earth),
it puts me in mind of Project Spectrum for this month -- on the very last possible day, of course.
Oh! I also wanted to post about the new painting that came in the mail from Amy Ruppel today:
Isn't it gorgeous? She works with paper & wax, & the painting is just so small & smooth & pretty! Also please imagine how quickly I had to put down the camera & snatch up the painting to keep it out of the clutches of the (hello kitty stamp ink-smeared) hands attached to that blurry little head in the foreground. I'm going to have to make them reach as high as they can & then hang the piece higher than that.