It’s Not A Wink!

Well, I guess you can say it’s finally Spring when certain things happen. Sure, the calender marks a moment, flowers bloom, bees sting, sunlight shines…..and hay fever wreaks havoc on your eyes and sinuses.

A friend of mine was going to come over today and help me film some instructional videos I’ve been wanting to tackle. Sounds like fun, huh? However, I woke up this morning with one eye puffy and red, shut tight and dry. Dang it! Ah, well…..as long as its nothing serious it just ends up hysterically ironic. It’s just a case of springtime ragweed allergies. Hey kids, it’s picture day! Ewww….except for you….

So, we plan to reschedule for Sunday. But, I am looking forward to it.

IMG_1482Here is my bear for the day, made with yarn that was hand dyed and spun by Shayla Morgan. He ended up bigger than my usual bears, for the yarn is nice and thick. It’s also nicely variegated, moving from blue to green, to purple. Very nice yarn. But, because the yarn is one of a kind, so is this bear. There will never be another like him. And with this my last season, I like doing more of these “one of a kinds.” So, if you’d like to adopt this little bear click here. He measures 14″ from head to to, and is ready to ship with a signed card by me. I think he’d look really great in an Easter basket, surrounded by jelly beans.

IMG_1462Oh! And really, snag a copy of my new book, “Will Knit For Food.” All copies are autographed, so that’s pretty cool. But, you can take it one step further, if you want, and get it personalized to you, and shipped with a t-shirt. Which I think is even cooler. And the more copies of my book that sell, the less I have to knit, and the less I have to knit, the more I can rest my arm, catch up on orders, and start setting my eyes on what happens next in the continuing saga of “Mad Man Knitting.” Cheers! No, really, I’m not winking, one eye is just a little puffier than the other :)

 

IMG_1439To order an autographed copy of “Will Knit For Food” click here. “Will Knit For Food” is only available on this blog. Paperback, 488 pages.

To order a Limited Edition personalized, signed paperback copy with t-shirt, click here. 

 

In Bed With Boys, 22, a Connection, and Ice Cream

I’m having a really interesting and lovely day. The weather is gruesome today. Grey skies, misty air, a bit of a chill. So, I decided to do something I rarely do. I decided to work in bed. Now, you must know that’s simply not my style. Once I’m up, I’m up and working at my desk, knitting and writing my long spidery fingers off, long before the coffee is ready. But, I had been toying with the idea for a while. Leave the boots off, gather your yarn, curl under the blanket, grab some soup and knit in bed. And you know what? I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. Here it is nearly 2 and I still haven’t put my boots on. I’ve been watching classics….and I don’t mean 1940’s or such. I mean 1970’s. Films I’ve never seen before. Like, “The Boys from Brazil,” “The French Connection,” and “Catch 22.” I’ve actually been much more productive than I thought I’d be. I had the notion I’d be lazy and just drowse in and out with the needles poking me should I roll over. But, no!

IMG_1458I felt inspired, rested, and cozy in my little turtle shell of blankets as I knit up this little bear. He kinda reminds me of ice cream. I don’t know why. But, everyone’s perception is different, isn’t it? You may see something else. I saw ice cream. The yarn is by Ella Rae in 100% wool. I just love his face. He’s the only one, so if you’d like to adopt him, click here. He’s ready to ship with a signed card by me. If he finds a home today, I’ll put my boots on and rush across the street to get a nice warm bowl of Pho to Go, come back, slip back under the covers and knit some more while taking the occasional sip.

IMG_1462Oh! And as I was getting out of bed, I took notice of my stack of books all piled up.  I thought it would make a great picture. So, be sure to check that out, too.

Alright, time to publish this blog, sit back, and finish my movies.  It’s a great day for Pho! Pho to Go!

 

IMG_1439To order an autographed copy of “Will Knit For Food” click here. “Will Knit For Food” is only available on this blog. Paperback, 488 pages.

To order a Limited Edition personalized, signed paperback copy with t-shirt, click here. 

 

Faith and the Greater Good (Audio Excerpt)

Thanks to Kevin Potter for the advice and to everyone else for the encouragement. Another attempt at an audio excerpt. Perfect for Sunday morning.

IMG_1439To order a paperback copy of “Will Knit For Food” click here.

To order a Limited Edition personalized, signed paperback copy with t-shirt, click here. 

 

 

An Especially Good Start to Spring

I think today is the second day of spring? Is that right? Well, regardless if its the second or third, it is a great day, an especially good Saturday and a wonderful way to start the season. My t-shirts and books are all safe in my hands. Isn’t that awesome? I tell you, I was so proud to open that big huge box and and see my book finally in print, finally standing on its own, finally cataloging this long journey.

IMG_1439Now, as much as I wanted to model a great shirt myself, I just don’t fit into them :) I ordered large. Figured that was a pretty standard size. But, just to see how I looked in one, I slipped into the shirt and disappeared. Sure, pretty easy to do for a 6 foot gangly man who ways about 135. (I’m all sticks and legs). So, my friend Phillip decided to model it for me. And he looks so much better in that t-shirt with his tattoos and muscular forearms. So, thanks, man! Doubt people will confuse you for me!

IMG_1436We did take a quick shot of me reading it and just look at the glee on my face. What a smile! A smile of accomplishment, I tell you!

I’ve spent the afternoon signing copies and that made me feel….official? Yeah. That’s it! Official! So to celebrate, I had a Cuban sandwich, a cafe con leche, and a sit in the sun. Being in the house finishing up the book has made me pale :) When I got home? I kept on smiling.

 

IMG_1444It’s an awesome start to Spring. All the info you need about my new book is on My Book page. You can order a regular paperback, or  you can get a signed copy with the t-shirt. So step on over and take a look.

(Gonna go back to the other half of my Cuban sandwich now…..wow, those are good). All that’s missing is a silly cigar and a swank Fedora. Have a great Saturday everyone!

Week in Pink Pt. 2

IMG_1413This little one isn’t quite, full on pink, but pink striped with some powder blues. Perfect for a newborn, or maybe in an Easter basket, this little bear feels like cotton candy. :) This is more yarn from A Hundred Ravens. Truly love this sort of merino wool. Tender, fluffy, soft against the skin. This little bear is ready to ship with a signed card by me. Only one available! Click here to adopt him.

IMG_1433Oh! And check out my new t-shirts! Woo hoo! Pretty fun, eh? They’re only available when you get the book, “Will Knit For Food.” Thought I’d model one myself, but not even the small is a little roomy on me. But, here is my friend showing off his tats sporting my new t-shirt.

A Week in Pink

IMG_1394So, I have all of this really interesting pink yarn from different companies and spun from different fibers that I thought I’d spend a week doing something with it. It’ll be cool to mix and match and get a little creative. And with Spring approaching, it’ll be nice to have some colorful flair going on. Who knows? Perhaps some of these bears will have flowers?

IMG_1399Here’s the first one. A mix of different shades of pink done in Lionbrand’s Wool Ease. Measures 12″ tall while wearing a mock sweater with removable hat and scarf and ready to ship with a signed card by me. There’s only one! So, if you’d like to adopt this little bear, click here.

You can also get the pattern for this bear here.

Shine

I was sitting here working. Peeked out the front door from where I sit knitting and noticed a blaze of brightness that only I can be blamed for never noticing.

I never noticed  the shine of the sun as it hits at a certain time the foliage that guards me. The green leaves gleam of life, as their petals shade the decay that has fallen away. My view was bright and full of light, shining in full glisten as the petals of every tree I did see boldly claimed prominence. The branches of the trees reached for the beams of the golden disk, their timbers turning to meet the sky, their limbs running upward to find the light, to praise the light, to be but a reminder for this little man of life from where it comes….from the sun.

It was just a beautiful sight, I thought I’d share.

The world is a remarkably beautifully place. And you don’t have to travel the seas to see the genius of a life lived in turn with existence. Life and existence are different. Life is action. Existence is observation. So, like the leaves that scream a certain green as the sun hits their form, I can decide to do the same. YOU can decide to do the same. You can watch it from inside, as I had been doing for so long.

You can exist and see…..or you can walk outside, take the stride of the burning, blazing, giving sun and shine. You can be a part of it. You can live.

Don’t hide in the protection of the shade. Go outside and be a part of life as it moves.

Yes, do that. Don’t observe, but be as the trees, extend your leaves and… shine.

 

 

 

An Audio Selection

It was recommended that I do an audio version of my new book, so I thought I’d test it out with this little clip. It’s only 3 minutes, so not too long for a test run. It’s a scene from early in the book, a few months after I had become homeless and was living in the woods and had just started knitting teddy bears. Let me know what you think :)

 

“Will Knit For Food” is limited edition, only available on this blog, personalized and signed, runs about 600 pages (it is both “The Waiter and the Fly” and “Slip, Slip, Knit”) but also comes with a t-shirt.  Why not proudly stomp around town with a shirt that says, “MAD MAN KNITTING.” Imagine the looks you’ll get. :) And “Slip, Slip, Knit” is the sequal to “The Waiter and the Fly” alone in its own packaging. Runs about 260 pages. Just click on the pic of the book you’d like and lulu, redbubble and paypal will take care of the rest. Cheers!

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The Best Book Launch Ever!

IMG_1358Yep! You see that! THAT is how I celebrated the launch of my new book in print. I took my cute little butt to bed and I slept. I ordered my pizza, watched some of the new episodes of “The Walking Dead” and then treated myself to a nice long crash! Having worked so hard to finish it, format it, publish it, take it to market, the only thing I wanted was a nice long sleep. And I did! I got a great 7 hours of sleep, getting up only once just to pee. Exactly how I wanted to celebrate my hardwork. It was the best book launch ever. Pizza and rest.

When I woke? I took a long shower, a needed shave and with a spring in my step and a nice wide smile, got back to work on life, on teddy bears. Working on this project has been great. Truly great. And I love that the reception to both “Slip, Slip, Knit” and “Will Knit For Food” has been great. Today I’m returning emails, knitting up some bears that need to go find new homes, and enjoying the bright shine of the spring sun. Gonna plant me some wildflowers if I get a minute :) And I get to play croquet tomorrow! Hot damn! This really IS the best book launch ever!

“Will Knit For Food” is limited edition, only available on this blog, personalized and signed, runs about 600 pages (it is both “The Waiter and the Fly” and “Slip, Slip, Knit”) but also comes with a t-shirt.  Why not proudly stomp around town with a shirt that says, “MAD MAN KNITTING.” Imagine the looks you’ll get. :) And “Slip, Slip, Knit” is the sequal to “The Waiter and the Fly” alone in its own packaging. Runs about 260 pages. Just click on the pic of the book you’d like and lulu, redbubble and paypal will take care of the rest. Cheers!

 

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And This Boy Went Down

For the last couple of days it has been…..hmmm, I guess we’re all adults. I guess I can say it…..It’s been balls to the walls. Sorry for the sensitive out there reading that, but I can’t think of any other way to explain it. Busy tightening up the book, formatting it, getting all the specifications right for both printers and kindle. On top of that, busy knitting.

I guess I got carried away with all of it. My friend Phillip came over to help me finish up all the graphics and the first words out of his mouth were not encouraging. “Damn…You look awful. Were you up all night?”

“Sort of. Went to bed at 2, would have gotten more sleep had it not been for some damned bird screaming outside my window at 6am. Seriously, all these cats running about and I’ve got a bird bothering me….I feed them too well.”

He recommended a nice big bowl of nutritious Pho up the road, then a solid nap. And nap this boy did. I collapsed into my bed, went down like a sack of bricks, complete with boots and ballcap burying my face into a pillow and was out….for hours. HOURS.

When I was awake, having a coffee, all of that hard publishing work was done. DONE. Yep, my book is now in print. (You’ll have to wait a day or two for the Kindle version. They have to format it for their own device). But, the print version is ready. Damn, I feel sooo much better. YAY!

The print version is ready to go. But, more than that, we took it a step further. With this being my last season, and I’m finishing up loose ends, I wanted to put it all into one perspective, one volume, make it commemorative. So, you can do one of two things. You can buy the print version of “Slip, Slip, Knit” or you can buy both books (“The Waiter and the Fly” and “Slip, Slip, Knit”) in one volume finally titled, “Will Knit For Food.”

fig,black,mens,ffffff2“Will Knit For Food” will be limited edition, personalized and signed, runs about 500 pages (it is both “The Waiter and the Fly” and “Slip, Slip, Knit”) but also comes with a t-shirt. Yeah, don’t think me foolish, but why not have a t-shirt? Why not proudly stomp around town with a shirt that says, “MAD MAN KNITTING.” Imagine the looks you’ll get. :) Just click on the pic of the avenue you’d like to stroll and lulu, redbubble and paypal will take care of the rest.

Alright, time to put all of this down, rest, crawl into bed and sleep for a day (ok, realistically, don’t have the time), but I’m gonna eat myself a pizza tonight, I think. Yeah, to celebrate my book’s release I’m gonna treat myself to a pizza. I truly TRULY hope you enjoy the books. But, get the signed one with a t-shirt! woo hoo!!!!

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