It's just about 1:30 on a Friday. So far today, I've cleaned the bathroom, washed a load of laundry, gone to the printer's to check my lookbook proof, put together some important paperwork, taken pictures for this post, and surprisingly, not collapsed on the floor from sheer exhaustion and relief. I have a headache and I haven't had a cup of coffee yet today - perhaps the two are related? - but I've been working so hard for so long, and things are finally starting to come together and it is so frigging exciting.
So what about the pictures?
Well, they are two things that I find amazingly beautiful right now.
First: the yarn is a skein of - yep, you probably already guessed it - Prairie. A few weeks ago when I went to Churchmouse with my friends to get some Loft for the sweaters in my line, I also came home with this beauty. The colorway is called Spectrum, and it makes me think of galaxies and Impressionist paintings and my aunt and uncle's lake on a summer day. I have no idea if this color works with my skin tone, but I think it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
And the second?
The other day I went up to meet Lumberjack after work, but before that I went to Blick to pick up some paper for my technical board. My technical board and lookbook are based on the same content, but my board needs to have all of my looks, ordering, sizing and color information on it, to use as a visual aid during my presentation.
Basically, I wanted a nice heavy paper that would show the true, saturated colors that I'm using for my line. I also worked really hard on the illustrations, so I wanted the layout to be really simple and pretty to look at. I had printed out the pages on regular copy paper and was disappointed with the colors, so imagine my delight when Lumberjack helped me print all nine looks out on the nicer paper, and the result was this.
The paper is Canson Infinity BFK Rives, and I would absolutely recommend it for high-quality printing. 'Cause damn. The colors are perfect. The type is crisp. The layout looks clean and professional, to toot my own horn. I have to crop a half an inch off of each side, but other than that, these are exactly how I envisioned my looks. And it feels pretty awesome.