My co-writer and I finished preparing our manuscript for the copy-editor--extracting footnotes from the main text (what a nightmare), removing the double space that I type between sentences, changing the smart quotes to not-so-smart quotes, and making sure that all the interviewees who wished to be anonymous are in fact anonymous and properly coded. The chapters are already even printed out. All we have left is to figure out where we would like the press to place the illustrations and then do one more editing of our acknowledgments page. All will be mailed off Friday morning! We'll still get copy-edits back, then page proofs from which we will have to make an index. The book should be out in early fall 2007.
Meanwhile, Swallowtail is progressing slowly but surely. I have four more rows in the second Lily of the Valley pattern and then the peaked edging. Due partly to my frustration with the recent history of this shawl and partly to the very limited amount of time I have spent knitting in the last week, I'm only knitting a couple of rows a day. Keeps me sane.
I've been dreaming about new knitting-related projects for the upcoming post-book year: a scarf from Arctic Lace knit from luscious local alpaca, an Alice Starmore sweater (or even two--one fair isle and one cabled?), a lovely shawl with gorgeous yarn....
But right now, now I don't want to knit. I want to nap.