Monday, June 11, 2007

Knitting and Magazine News

Hi all.

Sahara is finished - photos soon. Yay! Got a wee bit tired/irritated/impatient with the project by the end, or was that just due to the torrential flooding storms that hit Sydney and forced the children inside for DAYS, and the sick little croupy child that has been glued under my arm for the past week, as well as the building renovations going on at our place? Hmmm, not sure. Anyhoo, Sahara is DONE... and straight on to SOCKS (again!!) This is Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Sock yarn in Purple Iris colourway, and I am knitting the Conwy pattern from Nancy Bush's trusty book "Knitting on the Road" - full of super sock patterns. I tried the long-tail thumb cast on which was fun, although my daughter thought I was knitting very "weirdly". According to my Mum I always knit weirdly, as I taught myself to knit and crochet from books as a child, complete with odd yoga-like hand configurations to complete stitches! Nevertheless, the finished product seems to work out OK.

I have recently felt somewhat burnt out so splurged on some sock yarns and patterns that OTHER PEOPLE MADE. Feels very decadent, but therapeutic.

Speaking of burnt out, there will be no June issue of "Spins & Needles" magazine, and probably just newsletters to those on our emailing list, rather than magazines, in the future. As this venture is a one-woman-show, my children have suffered through the enormous amount of time I have needed to spend on the magazine. As the magazine does not produce direct income, I have to reduce that in favour of other writing projects I have been working on. I will try and do some tutorials and articles from time to time, though, as I am keen to promote spinning, as always!

I’m sorry to disappoint our readers, and appreciate the enthusiasm and feedback about the magazines. I’ll still be listing goodies for sale on the website, of course.

Catch you soon,


Merry Munchkin Designs said...

Hey Wen, I totally understand how you feel about the magazine and can fully appreciate how difficult it must have been for you to get to the point where you made that decision.

You have done an INCREDIBLE job to have gotten as far as you did all alone no less, and hopefully it will be something you pick up again later down the track. Newsletters sound fantastic and please please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Well done on the splurge! I love buying other peoples yarn, it does feel very therapeutic.
Love Tye xxxx

ARJ said...

I must confess I am somewhat disappointed at the fading of the magazine (always considered it a great resource and a fantastic bargain for free) but can completely understand. If you ever reconsider I reckon you could think about delegating more or charging a small fee (I'd happily pay a few dollars) as they have had some great content.

Taphophile said...

Sorry to hear about the mag, which I enjoy a lot. Fully understand the huge workload involved though. Well done for producing it for so long.