Spun Yarn 50
On this our 50th edition of Spunyarn, we are delighted to announce that all 16 of our DVD titles are finally available as digital downloads! These can be purchased on-line and watched from your preferred device at your convenience. The videos will be stored in your personal Lucy Neatby Notebook, so that you can access them any time you want! In honour of our 50th edition, we are having a limited time, half-price sale on all of these new digital downloads! From December 8th to 16th, log in (or register for) your Notebook, where they will be on sale for $9.95 each. At this price you can't afford not to complete your collection!
(Though the content is the same, please be advised that the digital downloads are a separate product from the physical DVDs.)
My Seasonal Tradition
My staff and I are getting ready for my annual Open House, being held at Tradewinds in Dartmouth on December 8 from 1-4pm. We've put in a new order for Cat's Pajamas yarns, restocked the Kauni yarns, organized the kits and filled the clearance baskets. We will all be baking homemade treats for the afternoon and are looking forward to seeing some of our local knitting friends. We are preparing a few special offers, including a 50% off sale on all in-house Learn with Lucy DVDs (one day only, for in person shoppers only) and a free token for a digital video download on all purchases over $20.
My most recent trip was a whirlwind and a delight: 9 days of teaching in 3 states on an 11 night trip. I visited a new state, Kentucky, where I met wonderful knitters at Crafty Hands and pair of crazy Abyssinian cats, aptly named Rowan and Koigu, who stole my heart. (Don't worry Mr. Cuddles you are still my main man!)
I had a great time at The Woolpack, in Acton, MA, where I even met up with some Tancook friends, then onward for some fun in Florida, where the proximity of palm trees to Christmas manger scenes amused me. The selection of artisan wools at The Knitting Garden has to be seen to be believed. Yes, it's warm there, but wool just can't be beat, can it?
Back to the Books
I'm happy to be home for the next 2 months and am aiming for maximum productivity. I've got lots of knitting projects on the needles, mostly all double-knit. I'm hoping to complete my book, The Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters, by the end of January, too. My real challenge now is to ensure that all the abbreviations in the patterns and books jive as perfectly as possible. Sadly, this is not a task I relish.
The dark side: One-block wonders...
You may have read about my descent into playing with fabric, it's becoming more and more of a diversion from the final stages of the book! I was intrigued by a fascinating quilt hung on the wall at Cotton by Post earlier this autumn. The trick to this type of quilt involves lining up six repeats of fabric which are then cut into equilateral triangles. Each set of triangles is taken and sewn into two half hexagon strips, just as if they were a kaleidoscope image. The result is many different looking hexagons but all with a similar colour scheme. Of course, I just had to try my hand at this technique and am having too much fun! What do you think of it so far?
Just In Time For Some Holiday Gift Knitting!
I have three fun new patterns for you this month. The double-layer hats (the Annapurna Hat and the Sky Diamond Hat are both knit in worsted weight yarns) are such quick projects that you can have several made by Christmas! Knitting the Sky Diamond Hat is a bit like eating candy; just ask Diane (my test knitter extraordinaire) She has been having such a blast making these hats that she is already on her twelfth!
The Joey Bag is also a quick (and cute!) knit, perfect for learning some double-knitting magic. And who wouldn't appreciate a cell phone case that has a pocket for their ear buds? What a great gift for the fibre-loving gadget girl or guy on your list!
Behind the Scenes on the Website
Corrie is once again working her magic to make one of my ideas become a reality. We've been filming a number of video clips to enhance some of the newer patterns and will soon have them available as purchased tutorials. Corrie is busily writing code in order to make this new addition another option for our customers to add to their Notebooks. We will let you know just as soon as this new section of the website goes live.
Speaking of the website, check out our new Youtube tutorial on how to get the best from your Notebook feature. I hope it will help you in learning how to best navigate the website.
#1117 Sky Diamond DK Hat by Lucy Neatby
Keep the ears of the ones you love warm! The diamonds may be worked in Stocking stitch or Reverse Stocking stitch for added texture. The extra-warm, interconnected, two-layer fabric is made with a basic double-knitting technique and worsted weight yarn.YouTube: A supporting video for this pattern is available - Simulated In-the-Round DK Swatching Technique
Yarn: 50g each of worsted variegated and solid
#1118 Annapurna DK Hats by Lucy Neatby
Warm enough for mountain climbing. Two quick and warm reversible hats, both with options for two different sides.YouTube: A supporting video for this pattern is available - Simulated In-the-Round DK Swatching Technique
Yarn:50g each of two different worsted variegated yarns.
#8116 Little Joey Bag by Lucy Neatby
A handy little felted bag with an adjustable strap designed for your phone, complete with an integral pocket for earbuds or another essential item. The pocket is created by use of single yarn double-layer knitting. This is the closest you'll come to conjuring whilst knitting!YouTube: A supporting video for this pattern is available - Hand-Felting a Knitted Bag
Yarn: a total of 50g Feltable worsted weight yarn in three colours
Mark your calendars and brush up your French because Judy is taking us to the
Iles de la Madeleine/ Magdalen Islands
by ferry up the St. Lawrence River in Quebec next September! See my
Adventure Knitting Page for the
itinerary and exact dates.
We will provide full details and commence registration in January 2013.
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