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