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Here Comes Summer!

Now I just have to figure out how to knit a citronella candle...

Lots of Summer Classes
& I thought I'd be taking the Summer off...

I'm not teaching as often this summer as I do in my high season - Oct through March - but I am doing a fair amount of classes in what I thought would be a pretty low-key summer.

Most of my teaching this summer is taking place in the midwest - Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  But as Summer turns to Fall I'm traveling farther than ever for classes (France, Vancouver, Texas, New Hampshire & many parts in between!)

I have my calendar below with classes listed for this summer, but I'm VERY excited to be teaching at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Festival in Crystal Lake, Illinois this July.  It's the first time for this festival, and the class lineup looks amazing.

I'm not teaching knitting this time - I'm teaching crochet!  I'm offering classes in Crocheting with wire (the simple shell necklace from Twist & Loop), Crocheting leaves (a way to go from beginning single crocheter to intermediate in one easy class!) and a class on my Deceptively Simple Shawl that was in the most recent Interweave Knits Crochet.

Even before the registration went "live" the organizers were inundated with email requests for class placement.  I've been fortunate enough to have many of my recent classes sell out quickly, so if you're interested in a rare crochet class with me, contact the MFFAF right away!


Keeping Knit & Crochet Strong
Support Your Local Yarn Shop!


Perhaps it's the cautious nature of the average small business person, but for the past 2 years or so I've had a sense from many shop owners that they're waiting for the other shoe to drop.  But after an initial shaking out, a period when some yarn shops in over saturated markets consolidated with other shops or closed their doors, it seems that the upswing the knitting and crochet world has seen in the past 5 years has become firmly established - we've leveled off at a good place.  

Perhaps I'm just an optimist - I've been accused of worse - but the benefits of knitting are quickly felt and easily shared.  Like the entertainment industry in the 1930's, I think that the core group of crafters plus the casual 'drop in' knitters, make our passion-based business resilient.  This is good news for knitters and yarn shop owners alike.

To that end, whether you're a Michaels & Walmart shopper, an internet yarn buyer, a yarn shop aficionado or a mix of all three, it's vital to pop into the local yarn shop every now and then and support them.  Yarn shops keep the passion growing by bringing in trunk shows and teachers, providing a wide variety of fun-to-knit yarns, and carrying the hard to find knit & crochet magazines.  

Even if you're not a 'regular' at your local yarn shop, you benefit from their existence.  It would be a poorer knitting world without them, so help keep them around!

To entice you to your local yarn shop, here are two patterns that are free:  Ruffled Roses Scarf & Universal Crocheted Chevron Bag.  The catch is that you MUST visit your local yarn shop to get it.

Any yarn shop that writes to me asking for the pattern will receive a .pdf copy on the condition that they make it available for free to anyone who comes into their shop, no strings attached.   

If your own local shop doesn't have it, have them email me and I'll send it right out to them.  


Coming Up - Fun in the Sun
The bathing suit that thinks it's a shaper!


Also coming in June, a new bathing suit pattern that I'd actually wear.  I was inspired to do this for Sabrina Gschwandtner's new book, Knit Knit, Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave.

Don't expect a Kirstie Alley moment!  (You won't see me strutting onto Oprah's show in a bikini, that's NOT going to happen!)  But I will be offering a bathing suit pattern that I would actually wear.  In public.  And swim in.

It's based on those 'girdles masquerading as swim wear' we all fondly remember from the 1940's & 50's - think Esther Williams - that lend a little help to the average feminine shape.  As with my corset pattern, it won't make a size 18 look like a size 8, but it WILL flatter a size 18 as much as possible (and look good on those size 8's, too!)

I'll be using a washable cotton/lycra yarn in the pattern - so you'll be able to swim in the suit (yay!) and I'll be offering choices of a one-piece tank suit, a tankini, a halter or a 2-piece for the more adventurous.  

Watch for these at anniemodesitt.com, and at your local knitting beach!
Annie Modesitt

Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair

MFFA


(I'll be teaching Crochet!)

DSS

Free Patterns
(via your LYS!)
Universal Crocheted Chevron Bag

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Ruffled Roses Scarf
RRS Scarf



Well Suited
bathing suit
... pattern available in June '07
 
Summer & Beyond...
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May
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TNNA Columbus 2007
Greater Col Conv Center 

HEEL! Learn Toe Up Socks  Mutt-Luks!
 8:00 AM

Cables & Lace
6/1/2007 2:00 PM

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TNNA Columbus 2007
Greater Col Conv Center

Romantic Hand Knits Booksigning
2:00 PM
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TNNA Columbus 2007

Cables & Lace
6/3/2007 8:00 AM
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TNNA Columbus 2007
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Duluth Knitting Guild
(details TBD)

Knitting Lecture & Trunk Show
7:00 pm
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Yarn Harbor

103 Mt Royal Shopping Circle
Duluth, MN 
(218)724-6432

HEEL! Learn Toe Up Socks with Mutt-Luks!
9:00 AM

Combination Knitting
1:00 PM
July
Come & take a crochet class with me at the
Midwest Fiber & Folk Fair on July 20 & 21!


Midwest Fiber & Folk Fest
401 Country Club Rd
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

 


I'll be teaching -

Falling Into Crochet - Leaves from Charts
7/20/2007 1:30 PM

Crocheting with Wire
7/21/2007 9:00 AM

Deceptively Simple Shawl - Crochet
7/21/2007 1:30 PM



 


Aug
Feather Your Nest
138 Front St N
Sarnia, ON N7T 5S3
(888) 635-9898

Lecture
8/1/2007 7:00 PM
2
Feather Your Nest
Class TBD
8/2/2007 9:30 AM

Class TBD
8/2/2007 1:30 PM
3
ThreadBear Fiber Arts Studio
319 S. Waverly Rd
Lansing, MI  
(517) 703-9276

Combination Knitting
8/3/2007 7:00 PM
4
ThreadBear Fiber Arts Studio

Cable Mania (Look Mom, No Needle!)
8/4/2007 9:00 AM

New Directions in Knitting With Color
8/4/2007 1:00 PM
5
ThreadBear Fiber Arts Studio

Embellishments
8/5/2007 9:00 AM
6
Vintage Yarns


(tentative engagement)
Lambertville, MI 48144
734-854-5648

Combination Knitting
9:00 AM

Love your Lace!
1:00 PM

Lecture
7:00 AM



Sept 3 - 8
Provence, France
French Girl Knits Retreat, Week 1
9 - 14
Provence, France
French Girl Knits Retreat, Week 2
(tentative engagement)
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Camellia City Stockin’ettes

Embellishments
9:00 AM

Knitting With Beads
1:00 PM

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Camellia City Stockin’ettes

Cable Mania (Look Mom, No Needle!)
9:00 AM

Love your Lace!
1:00 PM
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Rumpelstiltskin
1021 R St
Sacramento, CA
(916)442-9225

Love your Lace!
1:00 PM

Embellishments
5:00 PM



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San Fran
avail for classes
email for info
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San Fran
avail for classes
email for info
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Knitting Workshop
117 S Main St
Sebastopol, CA 
(707)824-0699

Combo Knit
2:00 PM
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Knitting Workshop

Embellishments & Buttonholes
9:00 AM

Knit w/ Beads
2:00 PM

Don't forget Provence!

September 3 - 8
Provence, France
French Girl Knits Retreat

provence







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