Here's a snapshot for the memory books: What it looks like when I write knitting patterns.
[sorry - original photo lost; use your imagination]
Here are the tools of the trade: Calendar to let me know what project I'm supposed to be working on, if I were on schedule (which I usually am not), trusty Moleskine notebook with grid pages for schematic drawing and construction notes I take as I knit things, little box of tapestry needles and stitch markers, leftover yarn, and 11 ball bands from the sweater I just finished. Don't ask me why, but saving the ball bands as I knit is the only way I can keep track of exactly how much yarn I use. Why not just write it down? No idea why, but I always forget and loose track. At this stage, the sweater I am writing the pattern for is already complete, and has been photographed for my editor, in case she wants to know what I'm up to. Absent from this shot is a schematic cross-section of the sweater in three sizes, with stitch counts...it fell on the floor.
If you squint really hard, you can see on the calendar that tomorrow through Sunday are devoted to the TKGA classes, show and sale. I have been looking forward to this for a long time: 4 solid days of knitting and knitters, partying like Shriners! I hope I will be able to clear my head enough to absorb the instruction. I am trying not to feel desperate about the time it will take away from book-writing. After all, all work and no play, blah blah blah.
Can't wait to see what there is to see and meet who there is to meet!