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September 24, 2008


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I love both projects, the mirrored patterns and their colors! Still too warm for sweaters in Missouri. Good luck with the computer stuff!


Rook-y looks wonderful in that vest? half sweater? cardigan? Knitting with black is tough! Do the color changes make it easier, I wonder?

Your list is inspiring - I'm going to print it out and keep it on my bulletin board as a daily reminder for myself when I'm feeling overwhelmed by work!


What wonderful words of wisdom. Your four suggestions are great reminders of how to live in a difficult world without either freezing up or burning out.

The sweaters look great. I've picked up a sweater I started last year and I'm at the stage where I'm wondering if it's going to be OK in the end or not... and knitting on faith as I wonder.

Good luck with the book.

Deborah Robson

I'm about to dial Adobe. Been working up to it. The situation is so massive that it's hard to think of how to communicate succinctly. Other than primal scream {wry grin}>

On knitting with Rook-y: I normally don't like knitting with black at all. This is a delight. Yes, the color variation makes a difference.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool

A great list for many, but especially those of us who are out own boss! Thanks for sharing. I could of used the list last week though! ;-)


Number 4 is especially useful. Some of my best solutions have come to me while I was working on something else. The "back of my brain" would continue working on the problem while my attention was focused elsewhere.
Looking at this from the outside, is Adobe the ONLY software that will do what you need? Seems like even learning a whole new system would take less energy than figuring constant workarounds...

Deborah Robson

I could go back to Quark XPress, which I had reasons for leaving in 2003 (Quark 4). Quark 8 is now more functionally equivalent to InDesign, and yes, I was looking at switching back yesterday. There's about a six-month learning curve in the shift back and forth; the worst would probably be over within about three months. I'm contemplating. Right now, any software switch also involves cash, which is more critically needed right now to print the book (instead of for buying yet more software).

The supervisors at Adobe have no technical knowledge. The tech I got yesterday gave me several more "one more thing" ideas to try.

But yes, I'm keeping my options open.

Donna Druchunas

A few months learning curve sounds a lot better than another year of nothing working and going nuts.

Deborah Robson

Donna: Yup. I still need to check into what kind of rocks are in the road for converting existing projects.


I'm rooting for you and your publishing house, whatever you choose. You have a great mission and produce good, important books. Keep at it, friend!

Donna Druchunas

I like the idea of switching to Quark now that Adobe is such a big fat bloated monopoly that has bought up as much of the competition as possible.


The new Adobe Photo software is also a pain in the tush - to put it nicely. The best of luck with all of this.

The blue cardigan is my dream of the perfect sweater. When and where will the pattern be available?

Lindy (formerly of Salida, CO now in AZ)

Deborah Robson

The blue cardigan is the Must Have Cardigan from Patons Street Smart book (http://www.patonsyarns.com/patternbook.php?PBS=500989), except that I changed all the cable patterns. I kept the basic shape (lengthening the body 2 inches and the sleeves 1 inch, because that's what I have to do) and the filler stitch at the sides of the body and the undersides of the sleeves.

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