The Longest Day!
Which - being up here just south
of the Arctic Circle - will last for about 37 hours...
Loving Minnesota in the
Minnesotans get outside - gardening, walking, biking, lots of sports -
I see just about everyone out somewhere doing something. I
love this! The window of warm weather is smaller than in
other parts of the country, but it's so well enjoyed, and well loved,
that I think the summers are enjoyed more here than anywhere else I've
Even without my bike...
This has been on my mind a lot lately - shortness of summers, things
ending sooner than anticipated, getting the most out of the time that's
here. It's probably because I tend to see analogies in just
about everything that happens to me, but this beautiful, sunny, rainy,
cool, hot Minnesota summer is giving me great comfort.
As many of you may already know, my husband, Gerry, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma
(a blood cancer) soon after we moved to MN this past February.
It was very odd to be in a new place, with no extended family
and few friends, while dealing with such a serious illness.
But our family has been welcomed by the people of St. Paul,
Minneapolis and Minnesota in general with open arms - we feel much less
alone than we did a few months ago.
Because of this I'm curtailing a bit of my teaching this year, I'm not
taking on many new teaching engagements and I'm trying to work at home
as much as possible. The prognosis for Gerry's disease is not
good - after the bone marrow transplant at the Mayo clinic this August
the doctors foresee another 1-3 years (which, we keep reminding
ourselves, is NOT an expiration date!)
Apparently it's a rather aggressive form, but we're tempering our
realism with lots of hope!
For this reason I'd like to have as much time home with the family as
possible. I'll probably be writing and designing more,
teaching a little less, but still hitting the larger knitting venues
and making regional trips as I'm able.
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
a Shell Necklace
you'd think, very beautiful to wear!)
single crochet to a wider world of charts!)
amazing, simple to do!)
I'm not teaching knitting this time - I'm teaching crochet!
I've heard that many of the classes are filling quickly, so
you'll want to check
it out soon!
No Suit Yet
I'd intended to have a bathing suit pattern out for all of you this
June, but - alas - the circumstances here at home have kept me from
getting as much done as I'd like. Dang. With any
luck I'll get it out by the end of July, but I'm not promising
anything. I've learned my lesson about promises!
Red Carpet, Baby!
Be a Diva, or just knit like one!
For those who are interested, I've made the pattern for the Red
Carpet Convertible Dress (the dress worn to the Emmy's
available online for a donation to Gerry's
Multiple Myeloma Expenses Fund
It can be knit in several lengths - corset length, mini dress, tea
length or evening gown (basically
it's a top down piece so you knit it as long as you want!)
You can read my
for updates on Gerry & our life with MM.
You can also check out our MM
for more information on the Red Carpet Convertible
Midwest Fiber & Folk Art
(I'll be teaching Crochet!)
Well Suited - just not yet...
... pattern available in June
Red Carpet as Gown
With the top down, and up!
|Summer & Beyond...
Duluth Knitting Guild
Lecture & Trunk Show
103 Mt Royal Shopping Circle
HEEL! Learn Toe Up Socks with
I'll be teaching -
Into Crochet - Leaves from Charts
7/20/2007 1:30 PM
7/21/2007 9:00 AM
Simple Shawl - Crochet
7/21/2007 1:30 PM
138 Front St N
Sarnia, ON N7T 5S3
Tips & Tricks Lecture/A“nice visit”
8/1/2007 7:00 PM
8/2/2007 9:30 AM
Love your Lace!
8/2/2007 1:30 PM
319 S. Waverly Rd
8/3/2007 7:00 PM
Mania (Look Mom, No Needle!)
8/4/2007 9:00 AM
New Directions in Knitting With Color
8/4/2007 1:00 PM
8/5/2007 9:00 AM
French Girl Knits
Retreat, Week 1
French Girl Knits Retreat,
Knitting With Beads
Love your Lace!
1021 R St
117 S Main St
Knit w/ Beads
French Girl Knits