Patterns Released, Teaching

New Patterns!

Hi! Don’t forget about my Winter Workshop hosted by the Charlotte Knitting Guild – coming up this Saturday! There are still spots available!

Go here for more info or to find out how to sign up!

I’ve published a couple more patterns over the last few days. And my very first e-book!

First up is my Thrummed Mittens pattern. This is a pattern that I wrote for my Thrumming class, and now it’s available for purchase. It doesn’t replace taking my class with me, but if you want just the pattern now you can get it!

Next up is my Arctic Cowl and Muff pattern. This was published last year in Cast On magazine, and now it is available for individual purchase!

If you like both of those, then I suggest you pick up a copy of my very first e-book, Thrumming. You get both patterns plus a wealth of information about thrumming! Plus you save $1 off the cost of purchasing both patterns separately.

That’s it from me for today! Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Patterns Released, Teaching, WiP Posts

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season, and are starting 2018 with renewed energy! I sure am!

I’ve had a lot going on recently – lots of deadline knitting that was all-encompassing for a few weeks there (right in the middle of holiday stuff going on too!) But I’ve finished all that up and can concentrate on some other things for a bit before the next designing deadline hits! 🙂 (A note on what was keeping me so busy – be on the lookout for 2 articles and 3 accompanying patterns of mine in the next issue of Cast On magazine! I especially can’t wait for you to see the sweet baby dress I designed!)

I finished up a little project/pattern I was working on, and just published it. It’s a Cabled Ear Warmer, using just one skein of sport-weight luxury yarn, and an optional 2″ pom-pom if you wish. This ear warmer is perfect for when you wear your hair up, but still need to keep your ears warm (hair buns do not fit in some hats well!) With the recent cold snap we had, I really needed this! It knits up really quickly, so you can whip one up in time to use it the rest of this winter.

 

 

 

 

I’m participating in the Cheers To Ewe ADVENTurous wrap knit along as well, and haven’t had much time to work on it, but I’ve added a few rows to it here and there.

I’ll be teaching in Charlotte on the 20th at the Charlotte Knitting Guild January Workshop! Registration info is located here. I’ll be teaching Estonian Stitches and All About Socks.  Lunch is included. It is sure to be a fun day, so if you live in the Charlotte, NC area you should come join us (and me!)

Then later in March (on the 17th) I’ll be teaching two classes at Cheers To Ewe, Fix It and Mosaic Knitting. The Fix It class is a great class to take if you want to learn to fix your knitting mistakes and gain confidence as a knitter. And mosaic knitting is a fun technique! You can find out more info by going to the Cheers To Ewe website here.

That’s it from me for today, I’m planning to post a bit more regularly this year (we’ll see if I can stick to that resolution!)

Happy Knitting!  Here’s to a great 2018!

 

Teaching

SAFF 2017 Recap

Hello everyone! I’m back from a fantastic week at SAFF! This was my first year teaching there, and I will most certainly be back because all my classes went great! Every single one of my students (36 in total over 5 classes and 4 days) were FANTASTIC! I had just so much fun teaching everyone.

On Wednesday afternoon we had a chance to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway a bit (my husband and sons came with me and we camped at the Asheville West KOA). I was hoping to see more red leaves than we did – I think the wind blew off the red leaves first! But I did manage to see a few.

Blue Ridge Parkway Views
Blue Ridge Parkway Views
Blue Ridge Parkway Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time to do my job and teach! I had a few breaks during the week though, thankfully. I needed time to shop, after all! (And a bit of time to rest!)

I taught 5 classes from Thursday through Sunday: A Sampling of Short Rows, Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs, Finishing School, Steeking, and Beginner Fair Isle.

One student came to Finishing School with her swatches blocking! 🙂 As long as you come to class with swatches to use it’s all good!

I was a bad teacher and forgot to get photos of my two Thursday classes. Oops. But then I remembered on Friday and at least got a few photos for the rest of my classes!

 

Steeking class: students in various stages of cutting their knitting!
Three cut steeks for this happy student!

 

Beginner Fair Isle class.
Fair Isle hat in progress.

Of course, I did a bit of shopping too…. 😉

Bag on left is from Jan Smiley. Fiber underneath is matching yarn from Kristen’s Fiber Studio. Middle top bag (RV Halloween print) is from Bede Sisters. Fiber on right is lace yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Co. Bags in middle (Star Wars and DC characters) are from Sew Flo. And Buttons on bottom are all from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons.

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (I have a cool WiP to show you, so I’ll post with that in a few days.)

Teaching

GAFF 2017

Hi all!

I’m here in Columbus for the Georgia Fiber Fest-  it just wrapped up. I’ll be heading home tomorrow (I’m hoping the traffic is not too bad heading North out of the path of Irma!)

I was a bad teacher and totally forgot to take pictures of my classes,  oops! My Short Rows class yesterday was small, but went well I think- I hope my students came out with some knowledge! My Decorative Cast on and Bind off class today was larger than expected thanks to some transplant students. Franklin had to switch to an earlier flight due to Irma, and his afternoon classes were cancelled.  (I hope Franklin makes it home safely!) We needed to switch my room to accommodate everyone, and I had to have a couple extra handouts printed out last minute, but the ladies running the show we’re wonderful helping me get switched up, and the class went great!

I loved getting to meet Franklin, and chatting with him for a little bit on Friday afternoon, and the dinner Friday night was full of wonderful food, and Franklin’s presentation was hilarious – so fun!

Overall I’ve had a great weekend- I’ve met so many lovely people and had such a good time! I hope to be able to come back next year!

I did buy a little bit of yarn-I was very restrained since I didn’t have too much time to shop – too busy teaching! I would have bought so much more if I had had more shopping time!

Door prize! Hand made fan from Twin Birch Products. Lovely! It’ll make the perfect addition to my Renn Fest costume!

Sock yarn from The Fiber Seed. Such wonderful colors!
Striping sock yarn (colorway ‘Hippocampus’ – it’s Dory from Finding Nemo!) from String Theory Colorworks. Can’t wait to knit this one up!

I *so* enjoyed making so many new acquaintances this weekend! 🙂

I’ll post again soon – until then, Happy Knitting!!

Master Knitter Posts, Teaching

I’m a certified Tech Editor!

I finished the TKGA Tech Editor certification course – I am now a certified Tech Editor! Pop over to my Services page if you are interested in hiring me as a Tech Editor for your next pattern or patterns! 🙂 The course was fantastic, and Sharon (the instructor) is a wonderful mentor, so it is well worth the time and money – and holds up to the high TKGA standards one expects.

I forgot to tell you last time – I had a pattern in the August K2Tog Newsletter from the TKGA, Neon Plain Socks. These are simple cuff-down socks with a heel-flap heel – the heel flap has a twist on the usual eye-of-partridge pattern. Check out last month’s newsletter if you’re interested! Not a member of the TKGA?  Why ever not??  There are lots of benefits to being a member, including the K2Tog newsletter and Cast On issues and discounts on correspondence courses. You really should join. 🙂

I think I’ve decided to steek and work a gusset in the arm-holes of my sweater that I posted last time. I just haven’t had the time to work on it yet but when I do it I will fully document what I do and walk you through it!

I’m hard at work on a couple of patterns – one is a sweater/tee and one is a pair of socks. You’ll see the sweater next Spring, and you’ll see the socks in a couple of months. 🙂 There are also a couple of submission calls out that are right up my alley, so I’m working on submissions for those as well…. I’m a busy gal!

Next week is the Georgia Fiber Festival, and I’m teaching there! It should be a lot of fun, so hopefully I’ll see some of you there! I’ll do a post afterwards (and maybe one or two during it as well!) so that if you can’t join me there you can see how much fun we had! 🙂

Oh – and I have a new logo thanks to my mother!  (Thanks Mom!) How do you like it? It think it’s world’s better than my previous one, and I’m slowly rolling it out to all the places where my logo shows up…

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!