Sniffle, sniffle.

I've had about two weeks of sniffling due to this lingering sinus infection that doesn't seem to want to go away. In that time I did manage to run a 10k race last weekend but due to my lack of running in the last two weeks, that resulted in plantar fasciitis. Today is the first day all week that my feet don't feel like I am walking on knives when I get out of bed so I am hitting the road again, this time with new running shoes. The Reno Tahoe Odyssey is just three weeks away and although I am more prepared than last year, I can always be better. I've got some good long runs planned in the next few weeks and a couple of double-days just to get my body used to the extreme tired all over again. Hopefully my feet will hold out as well! The last couple of weeks were pretty awesome in design-land. On Monday my newest pattern, the Winter Wheat Hat was featured on the Berroco Design Blog which was a huge honor and super exciting! I sold the first three copies of my pattern after that. Berroco is the company that made the yarn I used in the pattern. Their assistant creative director, Amanda Keep who is an awesome designer herself, saw the design and contacted me to ask if they could feature me in a post about independent designers using their yarns. As you can imagine, I was pretty floored.

Also recently, I received a beautiful pile of Shubui Linen to design something for Jimmy Beans Wool with. Did I mention that I am now the official in-house designer for Jimmy Beans Wool? I can't remember if I did, but I get to design as part of my job now! I will be designing a new knitting or crochet pattern per month for Jimmy Beans and eventually sewing patterns too! My boss Laura asked me about a month and a half ago and I've been working ever since to put together a plan, procure yarn support, and start drawing up designs and ideas! My first design, using Sweet Grass Wool Mountain Silk DK will be debuted this week in our monthly newsletter! I can't wait to share it with you all. Such a huge honor and opportunity for me! I do this along with all of the social media and blog coordination for the shop, and a bunch of other jobs like processing videos, co-writing the newsletter, creating kits on the website, coordinate classes, organizing trunk shows, and a whole slew of other marketing related tasks. I'm a busy girl, but this designing stuff is my true passion and I am so pumped!

Lastly, I just found out that one of my design submissions has been chosen for the Winter 2012 issue of Knitscene Magazine! I can't tell you what the design is going to be yet because the issue doesn't come out for a while, but I am so excited! This kind of feels like my first publication! Knit Red is my actual first publication which is due out June 5th, and I am so honored to be included in such an amazing group of designers! It still seems like a dream to be a part of such a lovely collection. Knitscene is exciting as well as is the first design I had accepted all on my own! No training wheels yo! It's such a cool feeling!

I'll leave you with a dose of cuteness. This was from a pre-cold trip to visit my good friends Bethany and George and their new baby girl Penelope. She slept in my arms for over an hour that day and was as sweet as can be. Holding her kind of makes my uterus jump around a little bit and cry "me next, me next!" Sorry uterus, you'll have to wait a bit longer. :)

Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

Kristen