Climbing My Mountain

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I recently learned about a great design contest via Ravelry.  The My Mountain Hat Design contest invites designers to create a hat that symbolizes My Mountain, “a goal that feels unattainable – right up until the moment you reach it,” using the Schachenmayr line of My Mountain yarns.  I loved the fun colors of the yarns, so I reached out to ask for some yarn to work with.  The company was nice enough to ask what colors I wanted to use, and I emailed back a bunch of choices (since you never know what’s in stock at a given time).  I was really surprised when they sent me the yarn to make four different hats!

Boston Teal & Sage Green

Schachenmayr Boston in Teal and Sage Green. I’m planning to crochet a hat with these.

Bravo Big hot pink & Lumio chartreuse

Schachenmayr Bravo Big in Neon Pink (top) and Schachenmayr Lumio in Chartreuse (bottom).

I’m still swatching with these – the colors are much more attractive than they appear in this photo!

Lumio Iris

Schachenmayr Lumio in Iris.

I’m completely intrigued by the glow in the dark-ness of the Lumio, and of course, that has made me want to design a hat that would look awesome in low light – lots of textures are needed!

My WIP for today is the first hat I started for this contest.

Bravo Big Color Fire Print

Schachenmayr Bravo Big Color in Fire Print.

Again, my camera didn’t do any justice to the reds and oranges in this skein.  I think it’s perfect for a simple, unisex design, which is what I’m working on.  Here’s my (unblocked) gauge swatch, which doesn’t even hint at all the action that will take place in this design :).

My mountain 1 swatch

As for reading, I’ve been on a bit of a tear of late, and am actually 2 books ahead of schedule (for once) on my Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge.  On the other hand, I put the The NRSV Daily Bible: Read, Meditate, and Pray Through the Entire Bible in 365 Days aside about three weeks ago.  I had been reading sections daily for about 6 weeks, but I decided to take a break due to a combination of the intense heat (making it tough to read this big book in bed) and the disturbing content.  If you have to ask what content is disturbing, I would probably reply by asking if you have ever read the Bible cover to cover!  But, in particular, since I’m reading it from a purely socio-historical perspective, and not a religious one, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the warfare that is going on in the Books of Moses.  I needed a little break before reading through Deuteronomy.

Right now, I’m reading APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch.  I’ve been reading more and more about self-publishing lately, since I’ve decided that 2014 is the year that I will finally complete the crochet book in my mind :).  I guess the book I want to write is really my mountain, and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to reach the summit!  So far, I’m finding APE well written and informative, and I like that it takes advantage of the ebook format by including many hyperlinks.

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