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I'm afraid I'm enjoying my home office a little TOO much!

I've been able to get a great deal done on History on Two Needles this month - lots of charts and schematics drawn in Adobe Illustrator, lots of patterns sketched out, and one new piece finished.

I've also been fiddling around with some other patterns, some ideas that I just can't get out of my brain, and the office has been golden - a haven - that has allowed me to get so much more done than I had been.

I'm rethinking traveling as much as I had been.  There are many reasons, but first and foremost is Gerry and his health.  He's doing beautifully, but it's a strain when I'm away, and the weariness I see on his face when I get home has begun to outweight the mortgage checks I have in my pocket.

So I'm trying to step up the design, get back to the point I was a few years ago, and I'm also experimenting with offering some online classes.

This will be terrific for many folks who've wanted to take a class with me, but weren't able to.  And it will be great for me - I'll be able to spend more time at home taking care of things and putting out fires - and perhaps I'll be able to design more.

More will be forthcoming on the classes - and I'll offer my valued newsletter readers a discount when they ARE ready - stay tuned!

La Dolce Knit, Sept 2010

Few things sound as amazing as knitting in the Roman countryside, arranged by Tactile Travel.

We meet at Rome Fiumicino airport for the short ride into the hills above the Eternal City. Leisurely days are filled with sightseeing, knitting, and classes.

In addition to my classes, guests will also receive a collection of yarns inspired by the Castelli Romani to use in your swatches and creations during the week. We will enjoy these fibers and skills in all kinds of settings: in local vineyards, exploring the Landiana garden, sitting at the top of the Tuscolo ampitheater or relaxing in Castel Gandolfo.

Just south of Rome, the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles) have been a favorite of the Romans and Popes. The hillsides are dotted with Papal villas dating from medieval to modern times. Views of Rome with sunsets sparkling off the sea beyond are the perfect way to end each day in the Castelli Romani.

September is a time of grape harvest and the bounty of late summer fruits and vegetables. We will enjoy classic Roman cooking and taste creative twists on the tradition.

For more information, or to book this amazing vacation, go to www.tactiletravel.com

TNNA in January
I had anticipated attending TNNA, but due to family health considerations I'll be staying close to home this January.  It makes me sad - and it will be the first TNNA I've missed in almost 4 years - but it can't be helped.

Besides, who would honestly rather be in Long Beach, CA over St. Paul, MN in January?  Don't answer that.

Next Year in Stirling
I'll be teaching at Stirling for Knit Camp UK Aug 9 - 13.  I'd love to set up some more classes while I'm in the UK, and I'd be happy to hear from any groups, guilds or shops that might want to have me teach! 

Holiday Discounts!

I'm offering a big 20% discount on all my patterns & books for the month of December!

The only good thing about a down economy are the bargains we can find - and I'm offering them on my website!

So check out my books and patterns, and see if there's something you've been wanting to pick up!  To apply the discount be sure to use the code, "December" and the discounts will be applied at checkout!

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History Today!

Amalie Wrap

Another History on Two Needles pattern will soon be ready!

It's a tiered lace shrug based on the above portrait of Alexandra Amalie von Bayern by Joseph Karl Stieler.

I don't have the pattern ready yet, it's being checked right now, but trust me - it's a beauty!

Here's a look at it in progress.  When the pattern is up and ready, probably around Dec 8th, please check it out - and be sure to use the code, "December" for 20% off on the pattern at anniemodesitt.com