Spun Yarn 69
Exciting News at LucyNeatby.com!
In some ways, none of us really knew what awaited us when we first launched my website a few years back. It was the perfect venue for selling pdf patterns and physical products such as books, DVDs and yarn. Who would have thought that we would quickly add so many popular downloadable products, such as our virtual Video Downloads, Clubs, Tutorials and Bundles? My web designer Corrie has been able to keep up with all of these developments, but she could see that it was time for some important upgrades. Happily for the rest of us, she made redesigning LucyNeatby.com her summer project for 2014.
Our fresh new site has now gone live! With its cleaner look, larger font and improved usability, we think you'll enjoy your experience more than ever! You now have easier access to your patterns, DVDs and Tutorials and more. Please, take a look around and let us know how you like it.
Join me for Another PIP!
Once we are confident that everything is running smoothly and I finalize the initial videos and first drafts, we will be introducing a new Pattern-In-Progress(PIP) Club. You'll be able to join me as I create and design the official Blossom pattern! As with our last PIP Club, members will be in on the design process right from the start. When it is complete and the Club wraps up, members will receive both the official pattern AND its accompanying Tutorial in their Notebooks! Please stay posted, we will let you know once we are ready to launch the Blossom Club later this month.
More Good News
During the past week or so, I've had some time to plan a few little treats. I'm preparing several new DK Club videos and a special secret pattern just for Club members (remember that it's never too late to join)!
We've also set the date for our local pre-Christmas Open House and BOGO sale: local knitters can mark their calendars for November 29th 2014! We'll be hatching up something seasonal for our more distant customers and friends, as well!
Coming to the End of A Busy Summer Season
I had a glorious whirlwind of a summer. After our return from our UK Narrowboating trip in July and all the way into September, we hosted a string of delightful visitors. The logistics of beds, sheets, transport, airport pick up/drop offs, ferry times, even the number of plates to set for dinner certainly kept us on our toes! Holly was a great help, but did find herself wondering if we were running a B&B! Now that things have calmed down, she's back on the job hunt. (Anyone know of a job in technical yacht sailmaking design? ;)
Now the nights are drawing in fast and my bi-annual
Tancook Knitting on the Wild Side Camp has come and gone.
There is something very special about the time I spend on Big Tancook Island with my knitting friends, and we can certainly always expect the unexpected! This year's challenge was the sudden reduction in passenger numbers allowed on the ferry on our journey over. This was a worrisome dilemma, but my intrepid campers rose to the occasion. Most of them arrived a few hours earlier than originally scheduled, everyone made it to the island and, thankfully, no one was left stranded on the dock. As a happy bonus, the campers were able to enjoy a leisurely pre-camp afternoon knitting and sipping tea in their cottages overlooking the sea.
classes were held in the Community Centre every morning. This left ample
time in the afternoons and evenings to fully absorb and experiment with newly-learned techniques. We enjoyed all of the interesting activities
and encounters which had been planned. We even hosted a few wonderful guests, including
Kathryn Thomas of Fleece Artist fame and a surprise visit from internationally renowned rug hooker
Gene Shepherd! The gentle atmosphere of this week created a connection rarely found in other
kinds of camps, and the almost daily sunny weather helped to keep things running smoothly.
Back To Business
While the summer was a blast, I must admit that I am relieved to get back to my regular routine. This does still include some travel and currently, I'm in the United States for my autumn teaching trip. I'll be making stops in Colorado, Kansas, and Michigan. I'm looking forward to knitting with some of you there!
My First Socks: A Craftsy Class by Lucy Neatby
My new Craftsy class has really taken off, with knitters signing up daily, project photos being shared and the first reviews coming in! I just love this platform and derive such pleasure from interacting with my students in the Discussion forum. Click this link to receive a special discount!
Remember that it's never too late to join my
Double Knitting Technique Club!
With over 250 members,
and counting and our very active
on Ravelry, this has truly become a dynamic project. I expect to release my next video later this month and am writing a special members-only free mini pattern!
Double-knitting is my passion and I love to share my enjoyment of it. While I do love a large dk project (like my Sunburst and Zinnia Blankets),
double knitting also lends itself so well to smaller-scale designs. From hats and cowls to bags, I've found such satisfaction in these quick knits!
I'd like you to try a dk project of your own and why not start with my Little Joey Bag? It's on for half-price this month and will give you a taste for the joys of double-knitting. As an added bonus, you'll have plenty of time to knit one (or more) in time for Christmas!
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