Teaching, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 3/21/18

Hi all! What a yucky Wednesday it is here in NC – we have some snow mixed in with our rain in spots – and it’s the second day of Spring no less! Oh well, I am bundled up indoors and have a constant stream of hot tea at my desk today. I may have to get my apron on and bake something warm and yummy too….

Anyhow, I am still in love with this Copper Corgi Savannah Sock yarn. It is so squishy! And I’m loving this stitch pattern – I’m imagining all kinds of garments using it now… Pattern should be done in a month or so.

And I got yarn to make my two other sizes of felted bowls for my Entrelac class. I’m planning on winding these up today and starting on them. That pattern should be ready in another month as well. I picked out super bright Spring-like colors. They are certainly much happier to look at than looking out my window right now!! lol.

That’s it for me this week! Check out my calendar over there ——> to see what classes I’ve got coming up! And now I’m exactly 2 weeks away from my trip to Dallas for the DFW Fiber Fest! Eeek! I can’t wait!!

I will check in with you all again next week! Until then, stay warm and Happy Knitting!!

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Designing, Teaching, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 3/14/18

Happy Wednesday everyone, and Happy Pi Day! I hope everyone in the Northeast is staying warm – yikes, what an almost-spring we are having this year!

I finished up my socks for the upcoming issue of Cast On and got those sent off, yay! Now I’m whipping up another pair, this time to self publish. I love having socks on the needles, and decided I didn’t want just plain socks on my needles this time, so I came up with a new design and I’m writing the pattern for them as I work them up. I’m using some yummy Copper Corgi sock yarn I got about a year ago or so for these. They are turning out really soft and squishy! Stay tuned in the next couple months for the pattern for these…

I was on the Cheers to Ewe show yesterday morning, did you catch me? If not, you can watch the episode on the Cheers to Ewe YouTube channel here. I had a lot of fun being on the show! 🙂

I have LOTS of new classes on the schedule at Cheers to Ewe, too! You can see the whole shop class schedule here, or you can see just my schedule with my nifty new calendar over to the right! Another offering of the Learn to Fix your Knitting Mistakes class is out there, as well as socks, and Needle Tatting and Beaded purses and all kinds of neat stuff! If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out!

If you’re not in the area, well – I do travel!! Maybe you’ll be able to catch me near you sometime soon. 🙂 I’ll be at the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival in just a couple of weeks now (eek! My first teaching appearance where I’ve flown to the venue!) I’ll be a volunteer teacher during Masters Day on Thursday, and then I’m taking a couple of classes with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Franklin Habit. I am beyond excited! I hear lots of wonderful things about the DFWFF – so I’m really pumped to be going to it this year! I’ll be sure to blog during the event to keep you all up to date.

Then later in April I am teaching at Unwind Getaway in Blowing Rock – my second year teaching there, and I am really looking forward to that – it was so much fun last year!

Anyhoo, that’s it from me for today! Until next time, Happy Knitting! (And be sure to have some pie today!)

 

 

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!

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.)