Spun Yarn 74
According to the calendar, we are into July. The weather is still rather cool in Nova Scotia, but the plants do have leaves and I (and my flowers) hope we are now past the last frost. As this is a special celebratory week for North Americans, we have created a Mini-Online Sale for this week featuring our specially-priced Holiday Bundles!
We have had a couple of major achievements here in the last little while: When working on mammoth projects such as Blossom, Zinnia or Sunburst, there is an exciting 'beginning', a very great deal of 'middle' and then, at long last, the end. I am happy to announce that I have bound off the full size Blossom DK Blanket! It has been left in Hillary's capable hands for photography on Big Tancook Island.
This has been such a long and enjoyable project (I'm not even sure when it was cast on anymore) that I now feel somewhat bereft. The Blossom Pattern-in-Progress club will remain open until I have completed the charts and inserted the photos later this summer.
I have a second exciting announcement: my third Craftsy class, Fearless Knitting (click the link for a 50% discount) has been launched! I had a difficult time keeping the class details to myself, but Craftsy stipulates that their teachers not release any pre-launch information or hints about their classes. I was thus sworn to secrecy. All of the knitting and prep work could not be photographed or commented on. But I do so enjoy working with the Craftsy platform, and managed to keep the class contents under wraps.
will take the knitter from a single stitch,
through rows of stitches, intersecting rows, to waste yarn grafting with stitches head to head and head to feet, through fundamental finishing
techniques, to advanced rescue methods employing this knowledge. This is a very complete course with applications for all knitters from beginners
All of my Craftsy class links (complete with discounts) can be found on the home page of my website, please feel free to share!
My Favourite Kind of Holiday
As you may recall, my husband and I discovered another way to explore the United Kingdom a few summers ago, and we have fallen in love with this kind of holiday. John and I just can't get enough of Narrowboating. We are back in the UK this month, tackling another section of the canal system. We are exploring a loop beginning near Manchester, south to just below Stoke on Trent and back up to Merseyside. I am endeavouring to post a picture a day on Facebook (Internet permitting). I will be sure to tell you more about this year's adventure in an upcoming Newsletter!
A small Update
I promise that I am not going to rant on again about the door but you may be pleased to know that I have installed the handle and it latches closed! This was made a little more challenging by having copied the old door handle holes: apparently modern door handles use larger holes. To cut out a large hole, you need to have wood in the centre of the hole for the guide bit, which I had inadvertently removed. I eventually fashioned an insertion, drove in little wedges and it was conquered. All that remains now is the painting. My next Tancook project is the renovation of the shed...
Colourful Stitches of Another Kind
This spring, I embarked upon a fabric collage quilt a la Susan Carlson. I attended one of Susan's delightful camps in Harpswell, Maine, and spent a happy 4 days playing with colour and fabric in the company of longstanding knitting friends and new quilting buddies. The results that Susan managed to charm out of all of us were extraordinary. It would seem I am in a whale phase and decided on a sperm whale theme for my quilt top. Meet Violet!
The Nova Scotian quilting contingent took the new ferry from Portland, Maine, back to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. It was a most enjoyable 12 hour voyage. If you've been thinking about visiting Nova Scotia, don't miss the chance to take this seasonal ferry, it's the most fun way to get here. You could come for the Lismore Farm / River John Needles open day in July. Other wonderful woolly destinations include Have a Yarn in Mahone Bay, Yarnsmith Fibreworks in Yarmouth and Gaspereau Valley Fibres in Wolfville.
Adventure Knitting 2015
I'll be flying out to Winnipeg, Manitoba in August to meet up with my Adventure Knitters. We are all headed north to Churchill for a great knitting expedition! I've started assembling the goodie bags, which include treats from near and far, and I've been working out the details of the class projects, which promise to be lots of fun!
Knitting On the Wild Side 2016!
Mark your calendars, I've booked the hall for Knitting on the Wild Side 2016 on Tancook Island. Camp will run from September 10 - 16th and Hillary and the Tancook residents are looking forward to hosting more of my knitting friends. I'm dreaming up some fun projects for this camp, as well... maybe we will be knitting whales!
Join me in my third Craftsy class, as I teach you how to knit without fear! From beginner to expert, there is something in this class for every knitter. You'll find a 50% Discount link for this and my other Craftsy classes on the home page of my website.
Our online Holiday Sale is on from July 1 to July 8!
We have revived our special Holiday Bundles, which are available this week only. These include the:
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 1 and 2 Holiday Bundle: Knitting Gems 1 and 2 Video Downloads PLUS a bonus pdf pattern
Gems 3 and 4 Holiday Bundle: Knitting Gems 3 and 4 Video Downloads PLUS a bonus pdf pattern
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
My Little Book of Big Holes Bundle is back, as well! This includes the eBook plus 2 bonus Holey patterns.
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