Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Interweave Crochet Summer 2008

I'm so excited to tell you about the article I wrote for Interweave Crochet Summer 2008 Issue!  They have a reoccurring column called "Crochet Around Town" that focuses on the crafty/crochet/fun spots in a certain city.  In the last issue Vickie Howell wrote a great piece about Austin.   I almost exploded when Interweave emailed me and asked me to write a tour of crafty Philadelphia.

Andrew took this wonderful picture of me in MARCH.  I knew it was going to be published in the summer issue, so I tried to look summery.  It was 41 degrees outside when we did our photo shoot in the park, and I could barely feel my fingers.  My winter coat is sitting on the bench just out of frame.  Even so, the photo came out great!  Thanks, Andrew!

Back in the lazy days of December, I was thinking that in 2008 I'd really like to write a book.  Maybe finally publish some of my crochet patterns.  I thought I could kick that out in my spare time.  Well, writing this one-page article brought reality crashing down on my head.  It was a lot of hard work to pick the places, scope them out, write the piece, and get everything just right.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to write about a handful of yarn and craft stores and not say "yarn" every two words?  Heavens to Betsy!*

If I remember correctly, this article took every spare moment I had for a week.  (Which hopefully says more about my lack of free time than my writing abilities.)  That means I could write a 52 page book in a year ... with no time off, no movies, no concerts, and no *crafting*.  And 52 pages isn't much of a book, either.  Writing a book is more daunting that it seemed back in December.  Not un-doable, just daunting-er.  And now I have even more respect for how much work goes into craft books.  Well, any book, really.

So, if you feel like crafting it up in Philly, check out my article.  Or, if you're like me, you can walk around with the magazine open to my article and periodically point at my picture and say, "Hey, I know her!"  And, of course, the magazine rocks.  I've been thinking of making a loopy bath mat forever, and there's a cute pattern for one with great tips for getting uniformly sized loops.  And the Ocean Pearls Cardigan is way-adorable.  I love the ribbon tie closure.

*I've been finding myself using my Grandmother's exclamations lately ... and I'm liking it.  It's funny to see all the crazy looks people give you when they are used to you cursing all the time and you yell, "Oh, for Pete's sake!" instead of dropping the f-bomb.  It's priceless.  Not that I've stopped using the f-bomb ... I've just been mixing it up a little lately.  And, for the record, I'm not 100% that Grandma said these things, but I'm 99% sure she did.  My favorite expression I learned from her was "burr behind my eye"  as in, "Well Grandpa couldn't stand that man.  He was a burr behind Grandpa's eye."  Oh, that Okie slang sings to my heart.
34 Comments (comments are disabled)

planetjune said ...
Congrats Alice! Can't wait to read your article (although the chance of me visiting PA anytime soon are somewhat slim), and you look gorgeous in Andrew's photo. I have to agree, the writing part always takes a lot longer than I think it could possibly take - it still surprises me every time I come to write a new pattern, let alone something as wordy as your article!
6/18/2008 9:23 AM

LeeAnn said ...
I think I'll have to head to the book store to read your article. The photo is beautiful, frozen fingers in all. At least you have the foresight to think about the publication date. :)
6/18/2008 9:27 AM

nyjlm said ...
congratulations! The photo is beautiful.
6/18/2008 9:56 AM

Blaize said ...
Well, boy howdy! (One of my mom's expressions.) You rock. Not like that's a news flash or anything.
6/18/2008 10:37 AM

stephanie s said ...
how absolutely fantastic - your picture, your article, everything!
i need to go find that magazine at lunch and learn about philadelphia and all the great yarn stores... and you!

congratulations alice.

6/18/2008 11:20 AM

Michelle said ...
I did exactly that, I did open up my magazine and say, "Hey, I know her!" Very glad you finally got yourself a copy. :0)
6/18/2008 11:34 AM

lil' d said ...
Congratulations on your article!

I keep finding myself using old-fashioned exclamations, too. only problem is that no one knows what on earth I am saying over here in the States...
6/18/2008 1:08 PM

Jody said ...
You're such a rock star! Congrats!! I can't wait to read it!! I'll be dork pointing at your picture - saying I know her!! - at least in blogland :)

6/18/2008 2:47 PM

E to the M said ...
Oh my god, that is so cool! Your pic is super cute too. :)
6/18/2008 3:09 PM

geek+nerd said ...
Congrats on the article - I'll be on the look out for it. And I have to add, you have the most stunningly, gorgeous hair!
6/18/2008 3:43 PM

Natalie said ...
Congrats! You look fabulous too!
6/18/2008 4:39 PM

Kuky said ...
Congratulations! Andrew took a great picture. But of course I do always like looking at his pictures.

And this post gave me such a kick I laughed out loud twice and I think I even clapped my hands once. I think it was the whole * paragraph the first time. And then the second time it was the "Hey, I know her!". Because I was totally thinking of doing that. I mean TOTALLY.
6/18/2008 5:11 PM

iHanna said ...
Congratulations for being published and taking the time to write and submit - it's what I should and want to do too! How fun it is to be "printed" huh?
6/18/2008 6:37 PM

Penélope said ...
Congratulations!Beautiful picture
6/18/2008 7:08 PM

That is so great! You can't even tell it's cold out! Congrats!
6/18/2008 7:50 PM

Michelle said ...
I saw that article in the magazine when I got it yesterday. Had no idea it was you!

6/19/2008 12:18 AM

esther said ...
kawabunga!!! oh gosh! you're so celeb!! congrats again for being published :} you look gorgeous!
6/19/2008 12:24 AM

Sonya said ...
When I write about yarn I have a tendency to use "subtle" aaaaall the time. Color, it's subtle. Congrats on the article. I will pick up the magazine at my LYS. And excellent photo! You are a Crochet Goddess on a half-shell.
6/19/2008 2:01 AM

Vivi said ...
Lookit how cute you are!! I knew it was only a matter of time before your plans for taking over the world would bear fruit. Congrats!
6/19/2008 3:10 AM

Shivi said ...
you know how you said that that outfit would be what you'd wear in summer, well for me in Australia, that would be one of my winter outfits! lol
6/19/2008 4:42 AM

macati said ...
well, this picture is amazing and you actually fooled me... :)
yes, I imagine how difficult it is to make a book... and writing about how to make things even more... I bet you'll have some people asking for autographs... :) and you'll be a heroin for little crafters :D hahahaha
6/19/2008 5:55 AM

Keri said ...
Yay! Congrats on your article!
6/19/2008 9:02 AM

Candace said ...
That's so awesome - congrats!! I can't wait to pick up a copy. And as always your hair is so gorgeous!!
6/19/2008 8:37 PM

ambika said ...
Oh my gosh, congrats! And what a great photo! (I know you've probably heard it before but I *so* envy your hair.)
6/19/2008 9:25 PM

kat said ...
how wonderful! congrats on the article.
my menfolk commented thusly:
man - she's hot
child - she's a weasley! (red hair)
so it seems you are a huge success at my place ;-)
6/19/2008 9:44 PM

Lynsey said ...
Congratulations on the article! I use 'fiddlesticks' quite a lot instead of the usual f word and my daughters have now picked it up! A nearly 2 year old trying to say fiddlesticks is priceless!
6/20/2008 7:59 AM

6/21/2008 8:27 PM

Hey! Congratulations! That is completely awesome. You need to frame that!
6/22/2008 7:13 AM

Berlinswhimsy said ...
Congrats on your article---now I really must find this edition!

Also, I'm beginning to understand the time involved in writing up a book project. Another blogger friend & I have discussed this topic---she's a single mom like I am and I just don't see how I could carve out the writing and researching time in the midst of raising my kids... I'm glad a few other bloggers are pointing this out... That said, I love your crochet projects and as I try to become more proficient in crocheting (from a knitting background) I continue to look at your past projects with awe....
6/23/2008 12:32 AM

Shannon said ...
Awesome! And I looove your hair in this photo! Look how long it is! Beautiful!
6/23/2008 2:27 AM

Alex said ...
So, this is what I get for pretending time stood still since last Wednesday when I finally got myself organized enough to post again only to sink into... can't even say what it was, I was just busy... you have become extremely famous and I did not know.
WOW, Alice, this is so cool.
6/23/2008 4:50 AM

Laura said ...
Heavens to Betsy is the best exclamation I have ever heard! I think I may pilfer it and see if I can make it part of the local lingo in Scotland.
6/23/2008 6:55 AM

AndreaLea said ...
I was planning to comment on this a while ago when I received my magazine. Congrats on a great article. For some reason I was surprised that your name in Alice but I am pretty sure I already knew that. :)
6/28/2008 6:22 PM
Feed Dog said ...
I moved from Philly to California about a year before your article--dang! The city seems to have really upped the craft content since I left. I know it's had decent knitting stores for a while, but it was hard to get a start as a quilter without a car or a quilt shop nearer than Chestnut Hill. Fabric Row was great, but Spool was just what I was dreaming of! Mustn't complain with the Bay Area shops I can get to now though.
9/30/2008 8:21 PM