Big sorry to Arlee - I left a Fiona link on the site by mistake - all my fault. More haste less speed. Have enabled it now and the other links were fine. Couldn't start a class without you, Arlee!
Thanks for all your support with the book. I'm sure there will be others to follow it, Olga. I think it might have been you who started the whole thing off, with your encouragement of the Embellish and Stitch idea. It is on track for the Knitting and Stitching show and we are testing on the secure site.
I had it ready really early but it is amazing how long it takes to add captions and do all the final proofing. We have found storage for the books and will be able to borrow the WWSIL's van for book collection. I am just longing to hold it in my hands. I know there have been a lot of books (too many, do I hear you say?) but the ones that have been slaved over by Michael, Clive and me, at all stages, are special somehow.
Arlee talks about Amazon. I rather hope that the book won't be listed by them as this company is not good for authors. It's not that good for publishers either, as they use their huge buying power to pay very low wholesale prices (and we receive very low royalties). At the moment they are putting the squeeze on the publishing group that includes Random House and, because they won't go any lower, have removed the 'BUY NOW' buttons from all their books.There is a huge row going on about it. If I am honest, I am a hypocrite, because I do buy books from them sometimes too, but I enjoyed the rant.
vintagerockchick (aka old bill) http://vintagerockchick-gill.blogspot.com/ I am so excited that you are blogging. Also that you are C&G - ing with Gina. Will follow your exploits closely. Love the studio.
Isn't it funny about the weather and the catalogues. What a pity we didn't do it earlier. We might have had a summer. Mine is very dry so I shall water it. My friend Pat has just told me that she fell in her pond while dunking her catalogue (so sorry Pat).
This brings me to Smudge's latest CATastrophe. I was putting a casserole in the oven yesterday when I heard a sad sort of mewing. There he was - a drowned rat, covered in pond weed and shaking all over. We rushed upstairs and hosed him down with warm water in the bath. It was hell getting all the pond weed out of his coat. Here he is after a good cuddle in a warm towel.
He spent all evening washing himself and soon recovered.
I don't know what happened but Stevens had a seat in the circle and I'll swear she was laughing!
Even worse - I forgot to turn the casserole down and it boiled over in my clean oven.