Did someone ask for a unicorn?

I know there’s a tempting hint at unicorns in the title… but I’m not going to get to that until I share my book progress. Because I’m really proud of it.

Book Progress… check me out!

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I made a huge effort to put the finishing touches on lots of projects. I mean… limbs laying around in bags on my studio floor just isn’t terribly inspiring, is it?

See all of those blue circles? Those are things that are completely finished! Go me!

And the grand count…

I’m 87% finished! Yay!

Okay, I’ll ‘fess up… that number is a little bit misleading. I’m 87% of the way finished with crocheting the projects and typing the book manuscript. There’s a fair number of tasks that I actually have to do before I submit the manuscript. For example, I need to:

  • photograph all angles of each project, both for my records and for the photographer… so he can properly display the item in case it gets squashed in shipping.
  • label each project (with a unique reference number), create a list of all of those numbers, indicate where (in the book) each project photograph should be placed.
  • pack each project for save shipping!
  • create swatches of unique stitches/techniques so that the illustrator can make the proper illustrations.
  • type up notes for the graphic designer (ideas on how I’d like the book to ‘look’).
  • tape each yarn label I used to a sheet of paper, as well as compile a list of phone numbers for all yarn companies used, so that the publisher can verify the yarns will be available at the publishing date.

Oh… I’m probably forgetting something, but it’s okay. My point is, there’s still a lot to do even after the projects have been crocheted and typed! I find those final steps pretty rewarding, though… because when they’re done, I end up with a tidy package of finished work! Squee!

Unicorn time?

I often ask my readers/customers which animals they’d like to see me make… and it’s a long list! But, a unicorn has gotten quite a few mentions recently, so I decided it was time to start designing one!

And, of course… who doesn’t like a little extra value in their pattern? It’s not only going to be a unicorn pattern, but a horse pattern as well!

Yarn (left): Ella Rae Classic Wool

Yarn (right): Caron Simply Soft

What do you think?

I know I’m not too far along, yet… but do you like the colors?

Snowflakes for Karrie’s family

Yesterday, I wrote about the loss of a lovely person in the crochet/knitting world, Karrie from KnitPurlGurl. Of course, everyone’s still mourning, and looking for ways to contribute to her family, which includes a young son.

I read on Karrie’s Ravelry group that Karrie had been crocheting snowflakes for their Christmas tree this year, as their collection went missing in a recent move. Her family is asking for donations of crocheted snowflakes in her memory.

What a fabulous idea! Check out this thread on Ravelry for details if you’d like to contribute.

That’s what I’ve been up to this week… how about you? I hope you have an awesome Wednesday, and get some great knitting/crocheting done this week!

If you want to check out more Work-In-Progress posts, please check out Tami’s Ami’s Blog, who’s been organizing a great WIP Wednesday blog theme! And, don’t forget to come back for FO (Finished Object) Friday!

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Nov 28, 2012 | Posted by in Blog, Works in Progress | 15 comments

Comments (15 Responses)

  1. Karen Rumbaugh says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Can’t wait!! ;D

  2. Cora Shaw says:

    O-o so excited! 2 for the price of 1….yay! Also I was wondering for Karrie’s son what are his favorite colors? Do you know. i am planning on crocheting some snowflakes but would like tos end a little something for the boy.


    • Stacey says:

      That’s so sweet of you, Cora! I would msg the person organizing the snowflakes… I bet she has the contacts to find out that info :)

  3. Stefanie says:

    Wow, that is a jam-packed WIP Wednesday post. How do you do it?!?

  4. lucia thiel says:

    A book and unicorns possible for december… BEST christmas EVEH!!!

  5. Patty B (aka grannypatty) says:

    Stacey, you are really making progress on your book!! Question, when will it be published? Onto the unicorn, I can’t wait to see it. My grand-daughters love unicorns and horses!! Oh I love the ‘You might also like….” suggestions. It always takes me to another interesting blog.

  6. Luna says:

    A unicorn?!? Oh man, I cannot wait to see the cuteness this turns into!

  7. Fiona-grace says:

    Oh, oh, oh, yes please. I’ve been idly looking for a horse to make for my son. His most loved friend is a duck called Peking, and I think he needs a companion, Hoisin.

  8. Nancy says:

    Love the colors you’ve chosen for the unicorn/horse pattern samples, especially the white/lavender combo. All the work you have been doing to complete your book, besides other projects, is so impressive! You are in inspiration! Great job!

  9. Amy Kittel says:

    Unicorns! Unicorns! Unicorns! Yay! I can’t wait! This one is all for me! I guys I’ll have to wait til next year thought. But it will be so worth it! Yay! *Squeeeee*

  10. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait for your unicorn horse! Will it be out in time for us to make Xmas gifts for our kids?

    • Stacey says:

      @Sarah- It won’t be out that soon! I need to finish crocheting them, format the pattern, have the pattern tested and then edited… expect it in a couple of months.

  11. PattyB (aka grannypatty) says:

    ooohhhhhh, Dec 2013, just in time for my birthday (and it is going to be a big one!)

  12. Lori says:

    Yay!!! Unicorn!!!!! :)