Spun Yarn 75
What a fun (albeit short) summer we had! September in Nova Scotia was lovely as always: I felt lucky to spend the whole month in my home province this year. John and I even managed to squeeze in some end-of-season camping!
I'm horrified to find that I was still mentioning snow in my last newsletter and yet here I am, once again contemplating winter tires.
Our Family Holiday Away...
The highlight of our summer was the family trip we took to the UK, once again hitting up the Canal System. I am seriously hooked on Narrowboating.
Some of my favourite parts of our trip included meeting up with friends that we hadn't seen in decades and the revolving series of relatives who joined us for short stretches along the way. The scenery was stunning and contrast between the urban areas and the countryside just added to the experience.
...And A Work Holiday
My Adventure Knitting trip this year took us to Manitoba . We had to schedule this trip for August rather than our customary September, as things start getting rather chilly up there by then. The city of Winnipeg is just about in the middle of Canada (did you know that Winnie the Pooh was named for Winnipeg?)
After exploring the city, we headed up to Churchill on the shores of Hudson Bay. Here we hoped both to see and knit some Beluga whales. We were not disappointed. In fact there were so many Belugas that you could frequently see them from the shore!
We knew we were a little early for any polar bear sightings but, again, we were lucky. We saw our first one between the airport and our lunch stop. She was in the rocks on the beach enjoying a decomposing whale.
My newest Pattern and Tutorial: The Blossom Blanket
I am, at long last, delighted to announce that the Blossom DK Blanket pattern is complete. Now that I am satisfied with the number of accompanying videos, the Club has been closed, and the Pattern and Tutorial are both available. As I was placing the photos into the pattern, I realized how many Blossoms, both large and small, I have knit! From coasters to chair pads to gorgeous blankets, this pattern has proven so versatile!
Fearless Knitting for All!
My latest Craftsy class, Fearless Knitting - Empowering techniques for Every Knitter, was launched over the summer and I am delighted with it. The "Beginner" label is misleading: this class has something to offer ALL knitters! I think it is the most important class that I have filmed. Armed with what is covered, you will find yourself knitting anything your heart desires with confidence and daring (and not just a sock!).
In demonstrating some of the techniques, I utilized an idea gleaned from Carol Milne, a glass artist I met at Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. Her pieces are made using a sprue wax which she then makes into a mould for her extraordinary knitted glass art. What inspiration! I used specially ordered bendable wax rods on very large needles to show the spiral nature of stitches as we form them. The wax had the advantage of being able to hold the spiral when the needle was removed, thus demonstrating a stage we don't see when knitting with yarn. Manually turning each of the spirals so that it would lie flat highlighted to me the number of different ways we inadvertently add or subtract twist into our yarn. There is always something new to think about!
Click on this link for a 50% discount on the class. Remember, too, that you can purchase any Craftsy class for a friend as well as for yourself!
My Recent Quilting Experiment
Whilst on the subject of learning, I took the opportunity to take a workshop with quilt maker and artist Susan Carlson in Maine. It was a delightful experience; friends, fabric and great food. I met Susan first when we both teaching at the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel Needlework event in 2014 and was very taken with her collage style approach to quilting. My first experimental quilt was a fish and, at camp, I decided to stick with undersea life. Violet the sperm whale came into being!
Wishing you wonderful fall knitting,Happy Stitches,
Blossom DK Blanket(#7133) by Lucy Neatby
The Blossom motif may be used on projects of all sizes, from coaster to blanket. Small ones are great fun, but a blanket is lovely to knit on — a dependable companion whenever you need it. An heirloom size project that will become a family treasure.
My Blossom Blanket was knit using our Kauni Effektgarn 100% fingering-weight wool.
Yarn: Variable: my blanket was knit using Kauni Effektgarn and several of my chair pads were knit using Freia Yarns
Blossom DK Blanket Tutorial by Lucy Neatby
All the techniques used in making the Blossom Blanket are carefully demonstrated in these fourteen videos.
In August, we introduced a new monthly promotion on our "Learn with Lucy" DVDs. So far, we have featured Knitting Essentials 1 and Knitting Essentials 2.
This month, Lucy's Sock Techniques 1 DVD is on sale for the reduced price of $19.99 and includes the Video Download version free in your Notebook! Happy Stitches!
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