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Snow is forecast as March ends, but it's still SPRING to me!

Boy Are My Arms Tired!
February and March have had some travel, but large blocks of at-home time, too.  Travel means carrying things, lugging, dragging, walking through miles of airports.  Being home means knitting, pattern writing, and then that extra stuff that must get done when one is home (parenting...)

KNITAPALOOZA was absolutely TREMENDOUS!  I was exhausted for much of it - many folks thought that the weird early time change had affected all of us - but I was up and energized for my classes.  So were my students - and I've seldom encountered such an eager and skilled bunch of knitters!  I'm SO grateful I was part of the event!

NJ, NY, CT, and MA have all survived without the Landy family on the East Coast - but it was so great to visit my old stomping grounds, see old friends, and TEACH so many wonderful classes!!

On the whole I'm happier to be home - sleep is easier in my own bed - but I enjoy the travel, too!  I love meeting knitters, teaching classes and seeing folks making connections in their knitting and their lives.  I like making the connections, myself!  I love seeing people in person who I've only emailed, and making so many new friends!  It's an extra bonus when I get to socialize with other knitting teachers - we don't get to see each other as often as we'd like - so I'll be so sorry to be out of the Twin Cities in April while the Yarn Over is going on - that's when I'll be in Atlanta!

Picking Up
I'd been feeling a bit adrift, I had avoided scheduling many classes this year so I would have more free time at home, but I began to be afraid that I was relegating myself to a non-teaching year.  Fortunately knitting guilds, yarn shops and folks arranging retreats keep calling (emailing, actually...) and I'm glad to see my calendar fleshing out nicely.  Not as full as in years past, but perfect for this period in our lives.

Solidarity
Those of you who read my blog may have seen my efforts to raise the conditions for those of us who teach at the larger venues.  I, myself, have promised not to teach at venues that will not offer all teachers a private room, transportation fees and meal allowances.  It's a risky position to take, but I feel it's necessary to prevent a 'race to the bottom' in terms of knit & crochet teacher compensation.

You may not realize when you take a class at a convention that your teacher has had to cover most of their airfare themselves, has had to share a room (not a burden when on vacation, but when teaching it's necessary to get a full night's sleep) and may be further obligated to attend fashion shows and banquets when they really need to rest.

It's something to consider.


East Coast / West Coast
Atlanta in APRIL!
I'll be in Atlanta teaching a three great shops the weekend of 
4/11 - 4/13.  I've taught before at Main Street Yarns and the Whole Nine Yarns, but this will be my first time at Knitche!  

Here's what I'm teaching:

Friday, 4/11

The Whole Nine Yarns
105 E. Main
Woodstock, GA
678-494-5242
Cables & Lace  3:00 pm

Universal Mitered Bag  7:00 pm
Saturday, 4/12 Main Street Yarns & Fibers
100 Barnett Shoals Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706)769-5531
Combo Knitting 9:00 am

Love Your Lace 1:00 pm
Sunday, 4/13 Knitch
1052 St. Charles
Atlanta, GA 
404 745 9276
404 249 6192
Combo Knitting 10:30 am

Cable Mania 2:30 am


Portland in APRIL
Then home for a week, and I take off in the opposite direction for Portland, OR!  It's my first time in this city, I've heard is quite beautiful, and I'm VERY excited!  I'll be teaching at Abundant Yarns and Knit Purl, alternating between the two venues.  Here's my Portland schedule

Wednesday, 4/23 Abundant Yarns
8524 SE 17th
Portland, OR 
503-258-9276
Lecture - 6:30 pm
Knit with Courage, Live with Hope
Thursday, 4/24 Abundant Yarns Cable Mania - 10:30 am

Love your Lace! - Afternoon
Friday, 4/25 Knit Purl
1101 SW Alder
Portland, OR 
503-227-2999
Double Knitting - 2:00 pm

Combination Knitting - Evening
Saturday, 4/26 Abundant Yarns
Cocoon Circular Sweater  6 hour class
Sunday, 4/27 Knit Purl
New Directions in Color - Morning

Cable Mania - Afternoon


Spring into Summer
Moving ahead I have some excellent teaching engagements coming up - I'm very excited about all of them!  I'll be heading back to Virginia, Missouri (new ground for me) and returning to a favorite state, Michigan!

But - best of all - I'll be teaching at Shepherd's Harvest here in MN in May and plans are being laid for a Minnesota Lakeside Retreat!

May 11 (Mother's Day)
Shepherd’s Harvest Festival
Lake Elmo, MN
May 16 - 18
Studio Knitting & Needlepoint
1121 West 47th St
Kansas City, MO 
816.531.4466
June 19 - 22
Mosaic Yarn Shop
880 University City Blvd.
Blacksburg, VA 
540.961.4462
July 18 - 21
Nautical Yarn
108 South Rath Ave
Ludington, MI 
231.845.9868
Dates TBD
Minnesota Lakeside Knitting Weekend.
I'm in the process of making arrangements with the owner of a lovely MN lakeside cottage to hold one or two weekend retreats later this Spring or early in the summer.  Many folks have asked me if I'll be doing a retreat in MN, I'd love to hear from you if you're interested!


C'mon on out and see me knit!
Annie Modesitt
Some Photo Memories of my Trip to the East Coast, March 2008
































Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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The Whole Nine Yarns
105 E. Main
Woodstock, GA
678-494-5242

Cables & Lace
3:00 pm

Universal Mitered Bag  7:00 pm
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Main Street Yarns & Fibers
(706)769-5531

Combo Knitting
9:00 am

Love Your Lace
1:00 pm

13
Knitch
1052 St. Charles
Atlanta, GA 
404 745 9276
404 249 6192

Combo Knitting
10:30 am

Cable Mania
2:30 am
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Abundant Yarns
8524 SE 17th
Portland, OR 
503-258-9276

Cable Mania (Look Mom, No Needle!)
Morning Class

Love your Lace!
Afternoon Class

25
Knit Purl
1101 SW Alder
Portland, OR 
503-227-2999

Double Knitting
Afternoon Class

Combination
Evening Class
26
Abundant Yarns
Cocoon Circular Sweater
6 hour class
Morning Class
27
Knit Purl
New Directions in Knitting with Color
Morning Class

Cable Mania
Afternoon Class
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11
Shepherd’s Harvest Festival
Lake Elmo, MN

Combo Knitting
9:00 AM

Love your Lace!
1:00 PM

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Studio Knitting & Needlepoint
1121 West 47th St
Kansas City, MO 
(816) 531-4466

Combo Knit Lecture
5:00 PM

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Studio Knitting & Needlepoint

Class TBD
10:00 AM

Class TBD
2:00 AM
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Studio Knitting & Needlepoint
Tips & Tricks
11:00 AM
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1...15 JUNE 16 17 18 19
Mosaic Yarn Shop
880 University City Blvd.
Blacksburg, VA 
540.961.4462

Meet & Greet
5:00 PM

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Mosaic Yarn Shop
Class TBD
6/20/2008 9:00 AM

Class TBD
6/20/2008 1:00 PM
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Mosaic Yarn Shop
Class TBD
6/21/2008 9:00 AM

Class TBD
6/21/2008 1:00 PM
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Mosaic Yarn Shop
Tips & Tricks
6/22/2008 9:00 AM
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1...13 JULY 14 15 16 17 18
Nautical Yarn
108 South Rath Ave
Ludington, MI 
231-845-9868

Combination Knitting
7/18/2008 6:00 PM

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Nautical Yarn
New Directions in Knitting With Color
10:00 AM

Cocoon Circular Sweater
2:00 PM
20
Nautical Yarn
Love your Lace!
10:00 AM


Universal Mitered Bag / Modular Knitting
2:00 PM
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