Prior proper planning

My buddy Heather, Texan extraordinaire, and one of my son’s godmothers, has a saying: prior proper planning prevents piss-poor performance. Today I’m taking that mantra to task.

leaf-cami-knitI decided on knitting the “leaf cami” in Knit.1’s summer 2007 issue. It’s their most difficult level of knitting project, and I am no fabulous knitter, so I need to be as cautious as possible. The only reason I’m taking it on, is because it’s a very small project. So here’s the plan:

I’m going to type out the instructions line by line.

That means, if it says “continue with lines 1-14 of the lace pattern,” I’m going to actually type out those lines where I need them so there’s no looking around.

I know. That’s a project in itself. But when I’m done, I will have a very clear pattern to follow.

And since I’m also modifying it a bit by elongating the torso, it will help me to figure out exactly where that happens for both back and front, thus preventing any dodgy not-matching-up problems when I do the final sew.

Wish me luck.

Writer, unplugged

You guys are bumming me out. I realize the economy sucks slimy green alien balls, but the publishing panic is turning uuugly. Run for your lives! It’s the end of the midlist! Where are the liberals wearing “Save the Midlist” t-shirts and staging angry protests?

Well, until the hippies hit the streets, I’m going to go knit something from the Summer 2007 issue of Knit.1. By the time the revolution rolls around I’ll have a swanky new tank-top to wear to the anti-publishing industry marches. Or maybe I’ll watch them on CNN. Or maybe while everyone’s marching, I’ll work on my novel. Or read a good one. An old one. One that’s been getting musty at the library from lack of movement.

Yep. I’ll get unplugged while the rest of you dudes come unglued.

Carry  on.