pattern from History on Two Needles is available for sale!
I wanted to start with something VERY special, but rather small, so
this hood based on the funeral effigy of the Black Prince seemed
It's a great unisex pattern, it can be fun for folks who like to dress
in period reenactment garb, or folks who don't know a broadsword from a
Everyone looks good in this - or if they don't look good, they look
imposing enough that no one will tell them otherwise! See how good Gerry looks?
to make him wear this all over England...
Readers of my newsletter get a 25% discount when you order.
the code "newsletter" and you'll be all set!
Across The Pond
On August 26 Gerry and
I will fly
to the UK for teaching engagements
all over Scotland, (almost)
Wales and England, ending at iKnit in
Gerry's never been out of the country, except for Canada which is so
friendly it's more like camping in the front yard than international
NEED YOUR HATS!
Fabulous Knit (& Crochet!) Hats
is a huge project.
Here's the deal - and it's a life
lesson for me, let me tell you
- I was asked by a friend who'd
taken on this cool project if I'd wrangle it, as her own plate had
become painfully full of a big heap o' previous commitments (part of your delicious
crochet and I love
to organize stuff (being a Virgo and
- and I especially
love to feel like a
white knight - so I said, "YES!"
that was the last day
my soul was at peace.
Seriously, though, the original deadlines for the book were insane -
June had been mentioned between bouts of wheezing laughter - so we
lengthened it to July 1.
It soon became apparent that more time would be needed, so I squeezed
July 15 out of the publisher. Then I knew
MORE time so I glomed another month.
"I'll SURELY have enough hats in August!"
I assured myself -
forgetting the entire WORLD goes on vacation in August. (click
set up a lovely Google calendar of
all my teaching dates
can access by clicking
(Note: You can
change the view
Agenda for a list of my classes, I think it's a bit easier to read than
the calendar grid.)
After a several years break, I'm returning to Rhinebeck for a BUNCH of
unique classes I'm
not offering anywhere else this October.
I'll also be teaching at
several yarn shops and guilds in the area, it
should be wonderful to be back on my old 'turf' again!
I'll be at Knitter's Knitche,
the Fairfield CT Machine Knitters Guild, Rhinebeck,
Needle Arts and Webs.
Many of these venues won't hold a class if it's not selling, so sign up
sooner rather than later to save your space and make sure the class
would very much like to meet anyone in the UK who's a fan and would
like to meet me! Gerry's looking for some Multiple Myeloma
groups to visit.
Oh, and we're driving
- be afraid, people of the UK...
At least we've had the sense to rent an automatic - I'm not sure if I
could shift with my left hand...
I think what I
should have done out the outset was
just said, 'Look,
folks I need a few months to get this together'
Spooling out a week or
two at a time is just irritating, and not productive. But I
didn't have the nerve - it's entirely my misstep. That is the life
lesson. When in doubt, screw your courage to
it's sticking place, and do what you know
So now I'm about 150 hats short. The 850 I have are
very few that have come in which aren't good are entirely due to low photo resolution,
but the hats themselves are stellar!
I'm in heaven looking at these hats, and I've become convinced this is
going to be one of those books that everyone references for years - "I want to make a hat -
you know - like
that pink one on page 256 of 1,000 hats..."
It's pure fun, except for the bone-chilling fear that I won't get 1,000 hats.
So folks, here's the deal. If you have a nice, high
photo of a hat you've knit, I'd like to have it.
If you have a nice, high resolution photo of a hat you've designed, you
could win one of the 3 money prizes ($500, $300 or $200) or win one of
the 7 runner-up places and 4 copies of the book.
Either way, I NEED your hats!
The submission process is that you fill out a grant of rights form, a
typed signature is just fine, and provide a list of the hats you're
submitting. These two forms are called the GOR and ISL.
You'll go to the website, http://www.box.net and login with the
username "knit" and password "hats" Then create a folder and
like this: yourlastname_firstinitial (in my case, modesitt_a)
that folder upload your images, the GOR and the ISL.
If you have any questions about the process, please do email me and
I'll be MORE than happy to walk you through it. And I GREATLY
appreciate your help with this!