But it just might be a lunatic you're looking for...
I agreed to make this for Ella's (my sister-in-law, and apparent recipient of all Liesls) wedding:
It's called Bella's Bridal Dress from Nicky Epstein's Knitting in Tuscany. I saw this a year ago, and while I thoroughly dislike most of Ms. Epstein's designs (they really just aren't to my EXCEEDINGLY minimalist taste), I saw this dress and said, "Oh, that's Ella's dress" and bought it.
Ok, I mis-characterized a little bit in the first sentence. I didn't just agree to make this, I OFFERED to do so.
Yeah. Approximately ten million miles of crocheted thingys. I haven't crocheted for, oh, at least two years now, if not more. This should be interesting.
I'm also making one of Stephanie Japel's amazing shrugs for Ella to go over the dress. We're going with something really simple to offset the dress.
Any suggestions on the yarn I should use for this one? It called for a Tilli Thomas yarn called "Elsie" which is now discontinued. Elsie was an aran weight milk protein and wool blend. I'm thinking a wool and silk blend would be too heavy for this dress (I'm afraid of pulling) and I'm a little concerned about cotton for similar reasons. Oh, and I need almost 3,000 yards of yarn, so it's gotta be something relatively cheap. Webs, here I come.
Traveling Woman is going quite nicely. I finished all of the repeats of Chart A last night, and have moved on to Chart B. I'm pretty excited. I screwed up a little when I was knitting angry back on Tuesday, but I ripped back and all is well now. No pictures yet.
Also, my life as a freelancer is going pretty well. I have two pieces scheduled for publishing. I'll give you all links when they go up. I'm madly researching other opportunities right now, and cutting expenses everywhere I can. So right now my time is divided between writing and researching (8am to 6pm) and worrying about money (6pm to... well, 8am).