Summer Lovin’

Well, It’s been 2 months since I added anything to the blog. Many apologies. I was working on a deadline that seemed to get harder and harder to achieve the closer I got to it. Miracle of miracles, it all came good on the day, and I let myself wallow in a petit knitting burnout for a couple of weeks. Then I was on holidays, and excuse upon excuse upon excuse later, here I finally am, back at the codeface.

So what have I been doing? Well, I’ve been working on a blanket which is pretty well charted out, but knitting up S.L.O.W.L.Y and I went on a super brilliant hat design course with the very cool, bus-dwelling Woolly Wormhead in This Is Knit in Dublin. More on that tomorrow. As a result, I have one and a half hat designs that I will be writing up tonight. No really! Back to work, Ellie!

My gorgeous little sister got engaged 3 weeks ago, and I’m very excited to be part of the wedding posse – you’re lookin’ at the Matron of Honour for the F/J bash of the century. I get to do the invite calligraphy and hopefully design a shawl and some shrugs for the shindig too! Not to mention the hen party!

So my dears, hope you had a lovely time with the childer over the summer holidays if you’re a parent like me, or else got at least a little sunshine. Be chattin’ to ya!

Introduction to Catching Loop

Dear Reader,

Welcome! My name is Elanor King and I’m a knitwear designer. This is my first non-anonymous, public appearance on the web, and I’m just a little nervous about it. First impression stress hittin’ home and all that. How about I just tell you I’m funny, informative and my patterns kick ass, would that do? No? I have to back it up with actual humorous, interesting, content and really good Yuen Woo-ping-stylee designs? Eep! This is worse than speed-dating!

Way back when, before balls of yarn filled every cupboard and drawer in my house, and my shelves had more than knitting pattern books on them, I was a software engineer. In fact, I may possibly have been just a little bit of a geek. In the programming languages I used most often, there were “catch loops” that would be triggered if an error occurred. Like, if a customer on a shopping site tries to buy an out-of-stock item, the catch (no-items-left) loop might pop up a little message box saying something like “Sorry, we’re all out of KnitPros, would you like to try some Addis?”.

So my life catch loop probably goes a bit like this:

try{    beSAHM();

} catch (burnt_dinner, nappy_explosion, looming_deadline, unkissed_booboo, leaky_bath) {

get_kids_to_bed();

pour_glass();

knit();

}

Knit long and prosper!

x Elanor