Spun Yarn 81
May 6 2016
I had a whirlwind 6 days at home after my latest filming stint at Craftsy. My newest class will be released on Monday (May 9th) and I can now announce that its title is Next Steps in Socks!
We have a special promotion running for the class: clicking this link will enter your name into the draw to win my new class! The winner will be announced on Monday, the same day that the class is launched.
Did you know that using the Craftsy Instructor link will benefit both you (up to 50% off!) and the teacher you'll be learning from? You can always find my 50% discount links for any of my Craftsy classes on the home page of my website. As of Monday, this will include Next Steps in Socks, as well.
After filming, I miraculously squeaked out of Denver before the worst of the late
season snow storm that cancelled 900 flights. Sunday
was a washing and re-entry day. I even managed to break out my bicycle
for my first ride of the year! It was brisk and breezy, but wonderful to
stretch my legs (even though other parts of my anatomy found it rather
I took a little time to finish off the free motion stitching on yet another quilted cushion cover, but still find myself debating the form the edging will take this time.
I had planned to resist opening Pandora's box (my new birthday jigsaw
Ha. Failed. One of the many really neat things
about their puzzles is that, despite having many pieces, they are tiny.
This means the entire puzzle can be housed on one board, rather than
requiring multiple trays and occupying an entire room. However, I have
determined that, this time, I am not going to look at the picture or try to hurry it
along. A couple of pieces a day will be my limit, especially now that I
have completed the easy bright orange, yellow and purple bits. The rest
will be a challenge.
I didn't have sufficient time to get to
and back in time for my
next trip, but really wished to get my three Fiesta Bags out to Hillary
for photography, as the pattern will soon be ready for release. Rather than using the
simple route of wrapping the samples and popping them in the mail, I opted for
a coffee date
with a friend who lives handy for the Tancook ferry.
I handed over the bags and we spent the postage funds on divine baked goods and coffee!
Last Minute Update
Stay tuned for a Prerelease of the Fiesta Bag pattern in the next few days: this month's proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross relief fund helping those who have lost so much in the Fort McMurray Wildfires.
I did rather groan when I had a good look at my
Mardi Gras DK blanket,
having had such a happy time knitting away on it on my way back from
Denver. I had failed to read my own chart, and misaligned the final set
of points, resulting in remedial work every evening for a week. I'm back
in business now though. I hope to have this finished before we head to
the UK next month for our annual narrowboat extravaganza!
Knit camp plans are taking shape nicely and for the first time we will
be having a canine camper with us. Having canvassed opinions regarding
dogs, I'm sure Doogie will be our most popular camper (even if he
doesn't knit much). We have one available spot left!
I'm itching to get on with the design for the blanket for my January '17
I have some pretty nifty ideas wanting to make their way onto the needles and the gorgeous yarns patiently waiting to be put to good use are calling my name...
Wishing you all Happy Stitches and the spring weather of your choosing!
Back in the days of paper-only patterns, we were fortunate to
sell wonderful designs by Ilga Leja
and Catherine Vardy in addition
to Lucy patterns. Our new website, the transition to digital photos,
and various other technicalities now prevent us from marketing these
We still have a few of these wonderful, but now-neglected, patterns available (including some of my own old style patterns). Rather than putting them into a landfill, we would like to offer a collection of them to you! For $10 Cdn (plus shipping and applicable taxes), you will receive a surprise package of 10 diverse patterns. When you order two packages, we'll be sure not to send any duplicates.
The range of designs is very wide! There are mittens (fulled and otherwise), tams, booties, shawls, scarves, socks, hats and sweaters--to name but a few. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
You'll find this special pattern collection in the Clearance section of my website.
This month's DVD+Download Special
Intarsia Untangled 1 is our May DVD+Download Special. This month only, buy the DVD for only $19.99 (plus shipping and tax where applicable), and receive the Video Download version free in your Notebook at LucyNeatby.com!
Remember to check the homepage at LucyNeatby.com for our weekly half-priced pattern: this week, we are featuring the Carnival Cap: this elegant close-fitting cap is knitted flat in spiralling intarsia colour blocks that have sculpted edges created by lines of increases and decreases. The beads make it very special.
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