I feel like a hypocrite after yesterday's post. I am off to Detroit to do three segments on Shay Pendray's Needlearts Studio PBS t.v. Show. I fly today and return Friday night. I am totally ill-prepared but since I'm talking about what I know, I think I can pull it together okay. I have quite a few hours in the hotel for swatching and with the illustration deadline, I haven't had time to do anything but draw and paint. Our sweet little farmhouse looks like a bomb hit it, but I'm leaving and don't have to look at it. It doesn't seem to bother any of the inhabitants.
Last night, I picked up the Kristin Knits projects at a girl's track meet in Buckland, Massachusetts so that I would be able to bring them with me and show them on the t.v. segments (along with the Julia yarn). While there, I spoke with the COO of Storey Publishing (the publisher of CS and the new KK) and he gave me great news - Michael's (the giant craft chain) has been re-ordering Colorful Stitchery like crazy and it's going to re-print.
Although in my personal life, I prefer frequenting and supporting small businesses who are independently owned, this hasn't help my bottom line with Colorful Stitchery. It seems there are very few independents left who sell stitchery items (correct me if I am wrong, you shop-owners out there who sell stitchery, read my blog, and who bought the stitchery kits from JCA). It seems the best dollar (and maybe only) is with stores like Michael's, JoAnn's, and Hobby Lobby for this book.
I am so proud of what I have done with CS and it seems a shame that knitters who perhaps know my work haven't embraced it and crossed over the stitchery void - or maybe they just aren't interested. The folks at Storey think it's too "early." Whatever it is, I hope it catches on more sometime because it is such a beautiful piece of work (in my humble, or not so humble, opinion).
I honestly can't wait to get back to "Farm, Sweet Farm" on Friday night and see what else is blooming. The flowers shown here popped up overnight on Wednesday - they are such a vivid shade of blue. The kittens are growing too! Happy weekend everyone!