But That Just Means More Knitting!
I'm so excited to be here in the Twin Cities for Spring - when it gets here, that is. I'm sure I will be excited.
And, as a total coincidence, I'll be the Keynote Speaker at the Minnesota Knitting Guild's Yarnover Event in late April - life is good!
I cannot thank The Yarnery
enough for their kind and loving welcome to my new Summit Hill
neighborhood here in St. Paul. I've NEVER lived this close to
such an excellent yarn shop, and it's going to make me VERY spoiled.
Of course, I haven't had a chance to drop by - but April will be
a different experience for me - I'll be home for most of the month!
And, continuing with the Midwest Theme that my life has taken on, I'll be a teacher at Midwest Masters in late April - is it possible that there's a knitter I've missed so far this Spring in Wisconsin...?
I've kept my April/May engagements to a minimum - I'm working on a new
book idea and want to dedicate some time to designing.
Oh, and the family - I want to be here to reacquaint myself with them. It's a bad sign when I forget how many kids I have...
See Wisconsin First
Intimately Familiar with I-90
In March I spent a LOT of time on the road in
Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. And just a bit of time in
Ohio, too. Good thing I like truckers. Flying is quicker,
but I feel so much more grounded when I drive - and I'm able to take a
lot more samples and books (so much less CARRYING when I drive!)
The down side? I lost my two special magnetic bumper
stickers from my PT Cruiser when I went through a car wash - now I have
to get a new K2-Tog oval. Dang.
Two New Patterns
In The Bag
I have a new Mitered Felted Handbag pattern up for sale - and I'm REALLY excited about it!
I finished this just before my Project Runway audition (fear not, I'm officially "out" so I won't be running wild on Bravo this year!) and this little handbag garnered more excitement than ANY other item I had with me.
It's a universal pattern, meaning that you can use any yarn you'd like
- and essentially make it ANY size you'd like. Two sizes are
included (tiny and larger) but you can make the pattern your own quite
It's a Wrap? It's a Jacket?
The second pattern is an old favorite, my Twisted Float Cocoon Shrug - but I've rewritten it to be a universal pattern (evidently the universe is expanding...) You can use ANY yarn you'd like, and by taking two totally NON-threatening measurements from your body, you can determine the perfect size for you!
Different from the Vogue Knitting pattern seen in Fall 2005 - but the
design is the same and the outcome will be beautiful! This is the
pattern I use when I teach this class around the country.
And A New Printer
Lovin' The Home Town Connection
I thought I'd give a local printer a try for my next reprint of Confessions of A Knitting Heretic and
guess what? The Minneapolis based Bookmobile Press did an amazing
job at a better rate than my old printer - and I had the luxury of
actually seeing a proof up close and in person. And they're nice,
Any Day Now...
The flip books will be arriving from China. I doubt if there's been a more eagerly anticipated arrival from China since Mrs. Polo waited for Marco!
The Knit Stitch
• Flip from front to back to see the Combination Knit Stitch
• Flip from back to front to see the Western Knit Stitch
The Purl Stitch
• Flip from front to back to see the Combination Purl Stitch
• Flip from back to front to see the Western Purl Stitch
• Flip from front to back to see the K2tog (Right Slanting Dec)
• Flip from back to front to see the K2tog-tbl / SSK (Left Slanting Dec)
• Flip from front to back to see the Grandma Increase
• Flip from back to front to see the Grandma Purl Increase
Grandma Increase is my own little technique to create a nice increase
in Stockinette Stitch fabric which doesn't show a purl bump - it's easy
and very useful!
come this summer include Casting On, Binding Off, Kitchner Stitch &
other fun techniques! Crochet stitches to come, too! Order yours today!
Happy Spring from the North Star State!