my Blossom PIP Club has gone live!

Dear Knitters,

Holiday Sales! Holiday Sales
We are planning our Annual Sales in time for the Holidays! Our Open House for local knitters is from 1-4pm on November 29th, with BOGO (Buy One, Get One) offers on Addi Needles, BFL Aran yarn, select Kauni colours, books and more! The Learn With Lucy DVDs will be reduced, as well as a large quantity of my kits. We're anticipating a big turn-out and an enjoyable day, complete with cookies and hot apple cider.
We haven't forgotten our customers and friends who can't make it to Dartmouth on a Saturday in late November. With you in mind, we have prepared a second Online Sale, featuring special Holiday Bundles, some Clearance items and a new concept for us: the Lucy Neatby Advent Calendar Sale will feature a Daily Sale Deal from December 1st to the 24th, please check the Newsbox often!
Please note that we only ship on Mondays and Thursdays, and any products you would like to receive in time for the holidays should be ordered well in advance. If you would like a faster shipping rate for your purchases, please contact us so we can arrange a quicker service (at a slightly higher rate).
Good news for our American customers: the Canadian Dollar is currently low, so any American purchases will cost you less!

Blossom Chairpad with petal border Blossom Blanket in progress Getting Around to My Round-To-Its
I'm luxuriating being back in Nova Scotia a full month earlier than usual. November has been warm, but last weekend's cold snap certainly made up for that!

Since getting home, I've completed a number of projects: one major goal was to launch the Blossom PIP Club, which is now available. I have been playing with this design since the spring, and my first Blossom blanket was my chosen project for my canal trip in July. I'm up to Round 110 on my current heirloom version! Susan has organized a new Blossom Knit-Along on Ravelry, which many eager knitters have joined. New PIP Club Members are always welcome.

bonus mini-pattern I have prepared a bonus mini-pattern for my DK Technique Club members. It's a Blossom-inspired coaster/place-mat and includes a second, design-your-own chart. This mini-pattern will be added to Club Members' Notebooks on December 1, 2014. New DK Club Members who join before January 1, 2015 will also receive this special pattern.

The first of the mincemeat tarts Let the Holiday Baking Begin!
Being home a little sooner leaves me with no excuse to fail on the Christmas baking front. Currently I have produced puddings (now steaming), mincemeat and the fruit for the cake is steeping. Holly baked up a test-batch of mincemeat tarts (a delicious success) and my orgy of Stollen production is just around the corner. The house smells lovely!

Tancook Ferry News from Tancook
It's been a difficult fall transportation-wise, with frequent ferry cancellations due to the new wind and passenger restrictions. In addition, there have been a number of mechanical breakdowns. Lately, the island has been connected to the mainland via the service of an open whale boat. This is sure to become uncomfortable in the colder months! The lack of a consistent ferry crossing prevents the delivery of cargos such as fishing bait, building supplies, heating oil to name but a few items. This presents a huge challenge to my Tancook neighbours.
Here's a Tancook Ferry Update for those of you interested in reading a bit more.

US Visa approved! Cleared For Future Travel!
My US Visa expired earlier this season and I've just received news that my application for renewal was successful! I'm so grateful for the recommendations I received from former hosts and the ongoing support from my students. It's time to fill up the calendar now! First off is the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in February 2015.

Adventure Knitting 2015
We will be opening bookings for Adventure Knitting 2015 very soon. We are heading north to Manitoba from August 14th to August 20th! The Adventure begins in Winnipeg and continues north to Churchill, a small town best known for its Polar Bears and Beluga Whales. Judy made her usual reconnaissance trip and has planned a wide variety of exciting experiences for us. I'm looking forward to teaching some northern-inspired knitting techniques and plan to hold at least one class on a Tundra Buggy! Please contact Judy Fawcett directly if you're interested in booking your ticket.

Wishing you Many Warm and Happy Stitches,


My First Socks

Double Knitting Technique Club

Who would have guessed that we are already so close to announcing the 5000th student to join My First Socks Class at Craftsy? A special prize awaits that lucky knitter.
A big thank you to all of the knitters who have given my class such great reviews, I really do appreciate your feedback!

Holiday Sales at

Holiday Sale Our online Holiday Sale will run from November 30th to December 14th! We are preparing some special Holiday Bundles, which will only available during this sale. Some of these will include:
Knitting Essentials Holiday Bundle: The Brand New Knitter, Knitting Essentials 1 and 2 Video Downloads PLUS a bonus pdf pattern
Socks Holiday Bundle: Sock Techniques 1 and 2 Video Downloads PLUS a bonus pdf pattern
Gems Holiday Bundle: Knitting Gems 1 through 4 Video Downloads PLUS 2 bonus pdf patterns
Double Knitting Delight Holiday Bundle: Double Knitting Delight Video Download plus TWO bonus dk pdf patterns
Intarsia Holiday Bundle: Intarsia Untangled 1 and 2 Video Downloads PLUS a bonus pdf pattern
Finesse Holiday Bundle: Finesse Your Knitting 1 and 2 Video Downloads Plus a bonus pdf pattern
eBooks Holiday Bundle: Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style and A little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-Knitters (all in eBook format)
Look for reduced prices on all of our other Bundles
We will also be offering Clearance Prices on Select Kauni Yarns, Kits and Knitting Jewelry.

Our concurrent Online Advent Calendar Sale will run from December 1st to the 24th. Like an Advent calendar, you'll open a new deal every day during the season. Details will be announced in the Newsbox every morning and replaced with the next item every following day.

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