USA Today Bestselling and Kindle Bestselling author Deborah Cooke writes paranormal romance and contemporary romance; as Claire Delacroix, she is a New York Times Bestselling and Kindle Bestselling author of historical romance, medieval romance and urban fantasy romance.
A few weeks back, I started to knit a dragon. The pattern is called Doughty Dragon and it’s knit of Noro Kureyon Sock. I happened to have a ball of that in my stash, in a dark colourway (#233 – it’s the 10th one on the page linked above) that I thought particularly suitable for a dragon. This pattern is knit in pieces and then assembled. The dragon bits are stuffed as they’re seamed, and have pipe cleaners in them to give a bit of structure to the figure. Here are the dragon bits, so far:
I took this outside, and the tree is casting some interesting shadows.
The instructions in this pattern are excellent. It’s fiddly work, but very clearly described. This, however, is not a project for anyone who dislikes grafting! I find I’m working on it in spurts and stops. The problem with the dark choice of yarn is that it’s a bit tougher to see what I’m doing when picking up stitches and grafting, especially at night. I’ve also done a lot of winding back and forth in the ball of Kureyon Sock, trying to ensure that his left and right sides match.
He needs a head, back scales, head scales and his wings sewn on. I need to go digging for some red yarn (for the inside of his mouth) and some white (for his teeth). I’m quite happy with this project so far. I have a ball of Noro Silk Garden Sock (same gauge, less yardage) in a flashier colourway (#315 – it’s discontinued and isn’t displayed on the linked page), but we’ll have to see whether the Dark Dragon gets a Bright Brother or not.
What do you think?
Have you ever knit a dragon? A knitted toy or sculpture?
The free EPUB sample of The Crusader’s Heart is now available for download in my Selz store. I’m trying a longer excerpt this time – this one is the first two chapters. Wulfe and Christina’s book is the second in my new series of medieval romances and will be published in October.
The audiobook of my medieval Scottish romance, The Renegade’s Heart by Claire Delacroix, went on sale yesterday! Once again, Saskia Maarleveld has done a wonderful job of narrating a story of the Kinfairlie siblings. You can listen to a sample on my Soundcloud page for the True Love Brides series, and get your copy at Amazon, Audible or Apple.
The Renegade’s Heart is the first book in my True Love Brides series. The rest of the series is also in audio production, being narrated by Saskia. Stay tuned for news about The Highalnder’s Curse, coming soon to audio!
Last week, I was checking the distribution of a book, and discovered that Harlequin had published a new edition of one of my backlist books in German. This is their right, but what is striking is the cover art that they chose.
It’s the end of summer, and perhaps the best time to visit Scotland. I like to travel there in the fall. I’ve too much to do right now to make the actual trip, but a little armchair travel is always welcome – let’s change centuries while we’re at it, escape to Scotland and fall in love!
Highland Heroes, my boxed set of three medieval romances, is on sale from now through the 15th of September for half price – just $4.99 instead of $9.99 US at certain portals. Pick up a copy and take a trip to Scotland with me!
What a crazy week I had. It’s a summer thing, I think. There are so many distractions. Plus, this past Saturday was the date of a Writers Making Connections workshop on marketing that I hosted. We had a terrific presentation from Kobo, then a panel discussion with three authors – myself, Jessica E. Subject and the dynamo Zoe York. It was an awesome day.
I’m still working on Wulfe and Christina’s book. I spent more time researching details this week—what bits of Venice were there in 1187, for example—and also made a chronology of events in the series. This book’s timeline overlaps that of The Crusader’s Bride, and some scenes are presented from the point-of-view of different characters. This is interesting and I like the dimensionality it adds to the story a lot, but I was getting confused. Could Christina have seen that? Did Wulfe know that? So, the chronology that I should have done in the first place was done this week. I’ll update it as I go from this point onward. In addition to the chronology, the workshop prep and working in the garden, I had added 11,000 words in the book. I wrote more than that, but I cut too, so that’s my net gain. I also learned another of Wulfe’s secrets. From here, it should be a hard run to the finish line. I’m still optimistic that I’ll finish this book in my last week of my summer writing challenge.