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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Knitting Challenge

I learned to knit in April of 2017, so of course I decided it was time to tackle my first sweater. Mostly this decision was made because I fell in love with a pattern and wanted to try it, however, the yarn the pattern calls for cost more than $100 and there was no way this could be my first project. It was a top down, seamless sweater and since there was an online class for a top down, seamless sweater, I signed up for that and bought much cheaper yarn.

My first hurdle was swatching. This is where a knitter tries to see if their stitches per inch matches what the pattern requires. The pattern for the online class wanted it washed and dried the same way I'd wash and dry the sweater, so I made one large swatch and tested out the size knitting needle called for, one smaller, and one larger.

I finished this after laundry day and I waited an entire week for the next load of clothes. I came out spot-on for gauge, BTW, which I almost never do. (The picture is of my swatch.)


With the size needle I needed settled, I opened my pattern and prepared to knit. Only to discover I needed a 16 inch circular needle to cast on. Guess what I don't own? The disappointment was major.

Now I'm on hold while I wait for the necessary needles to arrive. I'm impatient, not only because I want to start my first sweater ever, but also because I don't want to start another project and have to put it aside, so no knitting for the past couple of weeks. :-( I suppose I could have worked on a couple of projects I had hibernating, but I didn't feel like it.

Come on, needles! I need to cast on!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Novella That Grew

I've mentioned from time to time--both here and on other social media--that I was writing a novella. Well, guess what happened? The novella is growing to novel length.

I had about 3/4 of my first draft written and was confident it would be a long novella. Okay, a super long novella, but even though technically 45,000 words is considered a novel, I just couldn't count it as this. But as I reworked my draft, it grew and grew, and grew. As I write this, I'm at 20,000 words and I've barely reached the beginning of my first draft.

As I think about what I have left to write, I'm guessing I come in over 60,000 words. Maybe higher. This is truly a novel.

On the plus side, I am having so much fun writing this story and my characters are torturing themselves, so I don't even have to do that. :-) I would and I'd enjoy that, too, but it's easier when they do the hard work for me. Heh!

Wicked Obsession is coming, and it's a the prequel to a new series I plan to work on.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Plush

When my favorite towel maker had a huge sale, I bought a lot of towels and wash clothes and bath mats. I was really glad I'd gone crazy when I discovered they'd gone out of business. For years I've been using these towels I got at bargain prices. But I reached a point where the backup supply was exhausted and I was forced to buy new towels.

As it turned out, someone had bought the name to my favorite brand of towel, so I decided to buy a set of the new ones to find out how well I liked them.

They were thick and plush and I was like awesome! I threw them into the washer, dried them, and hung them up to use. It didn't take long to discover something I never considered--those super plush towels are heavy!

I've always used a huge towel to wrap my hair, now this towel is hanging from the weight and getting caught beneath my other towel. Trying to pull it loose almost guarantees that it will come unwrapped from my head. Drying off has become an adventure too because of the weight. This used to be a quick, easy thing to do. Not any longer. Now the process feels slow and laborious as I maneuver this weight around to catch water.

The label on these towels assure me that they'll only become plusher the more they're washed. :-(

It honestly never occurred to me that super plush towels would cause so many issues. They absorb well and I have no other complaints except for how heavy they are, but they're not the original towels that I loved.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cover Reveal

I've resisted sharing the cover for my latest story for a while now and it's been so hard! I've wanted to show you all how awesome it turned out since I got it.

This is for Wicked Obsession which should come out late summer or early fall. I'm hoping late summer. It's the start of a new romantic suspense series called The Paladin League. The first hero up is Ryder Pienkowski. His heroine describes him as half Italian, half Polish, and all gorgeous. She should have added all stubborn to the list.


It was supposed to be a wedding: a little fun, some wine, the chance for Langley Canfield to forget a devastating breakup. Until the wedding turns into a kidnapping, and her brand new ex—US Army Special Forces Sergeant Ryder Pienkowski—races to the rescue.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

I Have Socks

Believe it or not, I finished my socks. They fought me until the very end.

I had to rip one entire sock apart because I'd dropped a stitch in the leg and didn't notice it until I was to the gusset. My attempts to fix it made everything worse, leaving me with no option except to start the entire sock over from the beginning.

As I'm working on the toe and nearly to the end, my ball of yarn had a knot. This is one of those knots they put in at the manufacturer when they have a break, so there is no way to undo it. That meant I had to cut out the knot and had two extra ends to weave in. This didn't make me happy so close to the finish line.

Also there are many mistakes and imperfections, but considering how hard I fought to create these things, I'm calling it good. (Those are dragon sock blockers inserted into the socks.)