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History is Being Made
I'm spending a good chunk of the summer getting projects for History on Two Needles [HoTN] ready to go.  I haven't set a deadline for this book because the amount of time I can spend on it is directly affected by my book, teaching and pattern sales earnings.  

Yes, lowering expectations every day - that's the subtitle of the book...

Creating a book full of patterns is a fluid process, and I'm working as quickly as I can, but I want the book to be good - not rushed - so why ruin something by pushing it?

To that end, most of my Summer's being spent here at home either knitting, writing patterns or compiling hats for a project I've taken on*
to pay the bills and fund the History on Two Needles book.  

So far the projects for HoTN are practically knitting themselves!  If you're a member of Ravelry, you can visit my projects page to see all of them as works in progress (with the yarn and needle sizes I'm using)

*It's quite a joy that the 1000 Fabulous Knit Hat book - ostensibly my 'day job' for the Summer, is so enjoyable - but it's a HUGE undertaking, and I've lost more than one night's sleep worrying that I wouldn't GET a full thousand hats in time.

The deadline will allow me to sleep easier.  Yay!

Traveling in October
I'm going to be teaching at Rhinebeck, NY for the NY Sheep & Wool Festival this Fall - my first time in about 5 years - and I'm stoked!

For those of you who may not know, Rhinebeck is a MOST amazing show.  Not only are the vendors, classes, activities a delight, but there are few things as beautiful as October in NY's Hudson Valley.

I've set up a lovely Google calendar of all my teaching dates which you can access by clicking here. You can change the view to Agenda for a list of my classes, I think it's a bit easier to read than the calendar grid.

As long as I don't teach the same classes the NY Sheep & Wool folks are okay with me teaching in the area, so I'm setting up some classes at Webs in Northampton, MA and also out at Knitters Knitch in Millers Place, Long Island.  I hope to add more, just not in the immediate area.

Further Classes?
I'm debating doing another road trip and driving out from Minnesota to NY and back.  This means I could stop in Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh - just about any place along the way that will have me - and teach a class (or three...)

To that end, if you know of anyone who has a shop on the way from MN to NYC and would like to host me, I'd love to set up a traveling show of on-the-road engagements!  (Bonus: the more gigs I set up on the way, the cheaper the travel expenses are for each shop!)

Full info on my fees, etc., is online here (I'm pretty public about my fees - nothing to hide here!)

Across The Pond
On August 25 I fly to the UK for teaching engagements all over Scotland, (almost) Wales and England, ending at iKnit in London.  I'm incredibly excited about this - I'll be taking Gerry with me for the first week, then he returns home to be Mr. Mom while I continue for another week of teaching.  

Check the grid below for detailed info on any of my teaching engagements, and - as always, feel free to email me for more information on any of my classes or engagements.

1000 Fabulous Knit (& Crochet!) Hats is a huge project - HUGE, I tells ya - and because the job is so big and I sort of stepped into it in the middle, I'm getting an extension by my publisher!  YAY extension!

I can receive hats up until Aug 15 - Woo hoo!

I feel as giddy as I did back at Denison when I caged an extra few weeks for a paper in English class - I'm crazed with joy - so much so that I just took 2 hours to reorganize my yarns (which is what Virgos do when they're giddy...)

I can receive hats up until Aug 15, although for my sanity the sooner the better.  So if you'd decided not to submit because you didn't have enough time, please reconsider!

I'd love to be able to accept submissions via email, but there's no way I can handle that much sorting and STILL get this done.  The uploading instructions are written out pretty clearly at 1000fabulousknithats.com, and I'll be MORE than happy to answer any questions you have via email.

Thanks in advance for considering submitting - I appreciate it!

There are two main categories for submission:  Original Hat Designs and Non-Original (Inspired) Hats.

Original Hats are eligible for prizes, the top 3 designs will receive $500, $300 and $200 respectively for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Submitters will need to write patterns for the winning hats.

Non-Original Hats can be ANY hat that is hand knit or hand with with crochet or embellishments.  If you've made it, designed it, or supplied yarn for it, we'd love to see an image of it!  

For Designers and Yarn Companies / Yarn Shops, this can be a wonderful way to grab some free and lovely PR.  If we receive a sizeable number of submissions in any one yarn or by any one designer or sponsored by any one yarn shop, there will be a category just for that entity, with full contact information in the book.

The submission process is VERY easy, click here to read about it, and hats images are already pouring in.  Even with the 2 extensions I've wrangled it's just too soon, but we'll do the best we can!

Get your hat images in by Aug 15, click here to read how to submit & upload your images!

Annie Modesitt

Need me, baby?

Historic Detail

Detail of Sutton Hoo Mask

Stitch Detail from Egyptian Skirt

small lion
Jacquard lion detail from the
Black Prince Mini Dress, HoTN


1000 Fabulous Knit Hats
Submit your hat TODAY!


Cash Prizes for top 3 Original Designs,
Glory & PR for Non-Original Hats

Read all about submitting here

Where will Annie Be?
Here are MAPS!

Scotland & England in Aug / Sept


It's produced by Holton House Audio,
and I'm the reader (be afraid...)

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Annie Modesitt Engagements
When? Where? Classes Offered?
Aug 29-30 Di Gilpin
Burghers Close, 141 South Street
St.Andrews, Fife KY16 9UN
01334 476193

Combination Knitting
8/29/2009 10:00 AM

New Directions in Knitting With Color
8/29/2009 2:00 PM

8/30/2009 10:00 AM
Sept 2-3 Edinburgh Classes
The BW Bruntsfield Hotel
69-74 Bruntsfield Place,
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH10 4HH
Fabulous Finishing
9/2/2009 10:00 AM

Cable Mania
9/2/2009 2:00 PM

Combination Knitting

9/3/2009 10:00 AM

Combination Knitting
9/3/2009 2:00 PM
Sept 5-6 Fyberspates
The Chapel, Chapel Lane
Whixall, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 2QG

Wavy Lace Scarf
9/5/2009 10:00 AM

New Directions in Knitting With Color
9/5/2009 2:00 PM

Combination Knitting
9/6/2009 10:00 AM

Double Knitting
9/6/2009 2:00 PM
Sept 8 Get Knitted
39 Brislington Hill
Brislington, Bristol BS4 5BE
0117 300 5211

Fabulous Finishing
9/8/2009 10:00 AM

Ribbed Corset Top (short class)
9/8/2009 2:00 PM
Sept 11-12 I Knit London
106 Lower Marsh
Waterloo, London SE1 7AB

Combination Knitting
9/11/2009 1:00 PM

Wavy Lace Scarf
9/11/2009 4:30 PM

Universal Mitered Bag / Modular Knitting
9/12/2009 1:00 PM

Annie Modesitt Potpourri
9/12/2009 4:30 PM

October 15-17 Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool
6550 Spring Brook Ave
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Universal Mitered Bag / Modular Knitting
10/15/2009 9:00 AM

10/16/2009 9:00 AM

Increases & Decreases
10/16/2009 1:00 PM

Combination Knitting
10/17/2009 9:00 AM

Wavy Lace Scarf
10/17/2009 1:00 PM

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