Come join me…

… At the Unwind Getaway this coming spring!

I will be one of the instructors there!  Here’s the website for more info.  It will be held April 28- May 1, 2017 in Blowing Rock, NC.  Registration (which includes lodging, meals and classes) will open up in November.  Only 48 spots will be available, so once it opens you’ll have to jump on it!  (I’ll post here again when the registration opens.)

I’m super excited about it, and I hope to see you there!🙂

Happy Knitting!

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Flare and Square Scarf

scarf-cropIntroducing my next new pattern: Flare and Square!

Flare and Square is a scarf (in two sizes) designed to stay put over or under a coat.

Knit with A Hundred Ravens Aesir yarn, this scarf is super soft and cozy!

This stylish and unusual scarf is easier to knit than it looks!  The ‘flare’ is created by a simple and easy to memorize lace pattern that leads into ribbing for the body of the scarf.  Simple short rows are used to create a ‘square’ neckline at the top, and the ‘flare’ is then repeated in reverse at the end.

Don’t let winter winds leave you chilled— beat those winter winds ‘Flare and Square’!

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Checking in…

I’m still here I promise!  I’m plugging away at pattern submissions mostly.  I’ve had several rejections lately, but I’m not letting that get me down!  All of the ideas are really good, I think, so I’ll be pulling them back out later to self publish.  Or they might get sent into another call if a call comes in that they are a good fit for!  I’ve got one call I’m working on an idea for that I’m excited about, and one pattern and article that is due late October.  And I’m working on a birthday gift for my grandmother who will be 90 this October, too!  So – lots going on – but nothing I can actually show you just yet.🙂

I should have an upcoming teaching appearance to announce shortly, so stay tuned for that!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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Summer Wanes Hat and Cowl

Hi again!  Here’s something I’m really excited about–

The newest Knit Picks pattern book is out:  Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection.  And I have a pattern in it!!  Meet my ‘Summer Wanes’ Hat and Cowl set:

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I’m super happy with how this one turned out!!  The hat and cowl were inspired by Autumnal colors in the mountains of NC.  The hat starts off with corrugated ribbing and features the main leaf motif.  The cowl starts and ends with a garter edge, and has vine borders framing the main leaf motif.  I had a ton of fun designing this one!

I hope you like it!🙂
Happy Knitting!

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TKGA 2016 Day 4 Recap – and Final Thoughts

Saturday was a pretty calm day – there weren’t any more TKGA events, although the crocheters had their banquet, I believe.  Education classes were still going on, though!  I puttered around here and there – went to the Designer meet and greet with a friend (I just talked to the Interweave representative – who was the crochet division person, drat! Still got some good information, however.  The meet and greet was very crochet centric, come to find out.)  Shopped some more (and bought some more!), talked with more lovely folks, and then had one last dinner with the Master Knitter committee and co-chairs before calling  it a night.  I headed home Sunday morning.

The whole week was great – I had so much fun teaching my classes, and I’ve learned from the experience, so hopefully my next large classes go even better.  (Not that these went badly – it’s just that there is always room for improvement!)  It was so nice to see so many of my friends again – especially the committee members who I haven’t seen in 2 or more years!  It’s the people that make these events so great – truly the strangers there are all simply friends you haven’t met yet.🙂

It is bittersweet that this will most likely be the last conference like this for TKGA for a while, but hopefully sometime soon it will be possible to have a national conference again.

As promised, here are some photos of my purchases, and some other photos too!

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Vintage buttons – from ‘Dusty’s Vintage Buttons’.  The villa relief one is Victorian.  Not sure on the others – some are from the ’20s I think.  SO many unique buttons – it was hard to choose which to buy!

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Beads from ‘Bead Biz’.  Didn’t mean to do Christmas colors!  The green will go on a jade/green color lace shawl, and the red will go on a burgundy lace shawl.  (That’s the plan, anyway!)

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Jumbo skein of fingering yarn from ‘The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For’.  (Yes, I know I can get it locally whenever I want, but I wanted to support Debbie at the show this weekend!) :-D  Plus, the yarn is gorgeous – I couldn’t pass it up!

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Three cones of Mondo Fil ‘Japon’ from ‘The Frayed Knot’.  They had lots of unique and interesting yarns – this yarn is a laceweight paper yarn!  The drape on the sample was divine – can’t wait to play around with this!

More photos from Magnolia Plantation and Gardens:

What a fantastic week!  To all those folks I met and who were in my classes – I hope to see you again soon – it was lovely meeting you all!

That’s it for now!  I’ll be posting again soon- I have another new pattern coming out VERY soon that I’m super excited about, and I’ll be posting about it here as soon as I can.🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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