Thursday, February 24, 2011

My writing and knitting news

I've got a jumble of news to share.
In local news...
This article (written by Laurie Kay) was on the front page of The Islands Independent (a newspaper that is distributed to most of the southern gulf islands)

Mayne author releases second book
Mayne Island's Leanne Dyck plans to store her knitting needles in the very near future as she embarks on her new career as a full time writer. Dyck has just released her second book, The Sweater Curse, described as a paranormal, contemporary thriller, about a young and aspiring knitwear designer who must re-examine her life to escape her potential destiny in hell. Dyck's first mystery, released in 2009 is an exercise in character analysis and intrigue set in the islands off the BC coast. Maynely A Mystery has a 'read to the end feel' that's particularly inviting to islanders who can relate to the unique lifestyle with a taste and thrill of the paranormal woven in.
Though released after Maynely A Mystery, Dyck had actually started writing the darker toned The Sweater Curse first. Along with tossing in a lure of the paranormal, the latter provides readers with another twist; it's an ebook.
Also known as digital books, ebooks are image-based productions readable on computers or other digital devices. Dyck says there are many benefits to being an ebook author including speed of publishing, and world wide readership.
During an online interview with The Islands Independent Dyck added that though Decadent Publishing has the right to publish The Sweater Curse as an ebook, she retains the right to publish her work traditionally, either through a separate publisher or as a self-publish endeavor. Authors are also paid a percentage of the sales for books on line.
Dyck says The Sweater Curse has allowed her to include her thriller within an already existing body of knitting-themed literature. Her recent ebook also lets her explore character in depth yet again, something that is emerging as a keynote element of her style. And like The Sweater Curse, now Maynely A Mystery is available as an ebook.
Dyck is definitely excited and confident about her new career that represents a bold step up in her own character development. She says she keeps daily business hours, a level of discipline not always easy for writers or islanders, and has already half completed a Young Adult adventure loosely based on her own experiences as a Katimavik volunteer. She's also started the sequel to The Sweater Curse.
Dyck plans to release The Sweater Curse in a limited edition paperback soon and is welcoming pre-orders. She can be reached at email: or mail S21, C4 Mayne Island, V0N 2J0

I recently received this beautiful magazine in the mail.

'KALEIDOSCOPE, published since 1979, explores the experience of disability through literature and the fine arts. Fiction, painting, sculpture, poetry, nonfiction, book reviews, and theater are all featured in various issues.
Unique to the field of disability studies, this award-winning publication expresses the diversity of the disability experience from a variety of perspectives including: individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, among others. The material chosen for KALEIDSCOPE challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes about disability.'

I'm very proud that my creative non-fiction is included in issue number 62.
Now, here at home, in knitting land.
Those, familiar with Olavia's hand knitting patterns, may recognize this pattern as Summer Sunset. It was very popular, and in fact it was the last pattern I sold--before closing my knitwear design business.
I enjoy wearing this sweater, and last year re-designed it and came up with...

I like this cardigan, but...
I'm not thrilled with the Stockinette stitch roll.
I thought I would be, but I'm not.
I decided to try again, and came up with...
I love this combination of 1 x 1 rib and Stockinette.
I bought five balls of Patons Decor (70% acrylic/30% wool) and set to work.
I thought I had sufficient yarn. However, as it turns out I didn't.
Notice how it rolls in at the opening.
Yeah, well, it isn't suppose to do that.
I need a facing.
I don't have enough yarn.
If I lived in the city I could go and buy more yarn. Unfortunately, I live on an island and I want to finish this cardigan. So, what I'm going to do is use navy.
I'll take another picture once I'm done--wish me luck.
Web Tour
Knitwear designer Stephannie Tallent interviewed me here
Decadent Publishing is very supportive--case in point Yup, there's more than one reason why I'm proud to be one of the authors in the house.
Work on work in progress
Word count: 30, 520 words
A new sentence added: Well, actually, their last name was Brimbley, but they reminded me of the TV Waltons because they lived on a farm and there was too many of them.
A word about how I write: What I like to do is write new passages, scenes, chapters, in the order they come to me. Then I devote sometime in reviewing them. In this way, I maintain the story's flow, discover holes, and regain inspiration.
Next Post: The first part of a two-part interview with author Rachel Haimowitz

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