Another lovely UK Narrowboat Adventure: this has become my favourite type of travel!

Dear Knitters,

A glorious start to our summer! Summer is Here!
Welcome to summer in the northern bits of Earth, and welcome to prime knitting season for those on the other side of the globe!

I will be adding the final details to the Mardi Gras pattern and tutorial videos before its official release. I have just returned (and am still a bit jet-lagged) from our annual Family UK Narrowboat Odyssey. I feel sad that this flew by so fast, but am delighted to have a summer in Nova Scotia spread out before me. My major projects include the completion of the pattern and tutorial videos for the Mardi Gras DK blanket, preparation for my Knitting On the Wild Side Camp on Tancook Island in September, and further new topics to add to the DK Technique Club. With all that lined up, there is no imminent boredom on my horizon!

Enjoying some time to knit Our UK trip this year took our now-accustomed format, allowing us to explore a small part of the UK (mostly Cheshire this year) at walking pace whilst rendezvous-ing with various relatives for a few days here and there.
We rented a different boat this year, which was an educational experience: we discovered that a walk-through galley with the sink facing the side of the boat leads to the washing-up being a positively enjoyable activity. What a difference the view of a random flock of sheep (or other animals plus greenery) makes in the attitude to drudge-work!

Former industrial sites Bucolic countryside We encountered a whole new urban boating experience whilst traveling through Manchester. We transited from bucolic countryside, eye to eye with cows, and chugging past fields of broad-beans, through decaying former industrial sites (many of whom have a beauty of their own) and on into the urban heart of the city. Here we saw a confluence of canals, weirdly towered over by new high rise buildings. The canal, including locks, even runs underneath a few of them! Sadly, this is very much a twilight zone, as more than just the pigeons seem to be living under the arches. We transited through some very heavy wide-beam locks built for bigger boats (or two narrow ones), brimming most alarmingly with the detritus of a city.

Urban setting After the breathtakingly beautiful railway bridges (sorry no pics - we were too busy doing locks) and fascinating glimpses of historic buildings and diverse neighbourhoods, we entered the spreading suburbs of the city, passing both football grounds (Manchester City and United) and the National Cycling Centre.

Fairfield Junction We opted to complete this transit in a day, all 27 locks, in an unaccustomed heat wave: it was a hard day's night, but imbued us with a sense of accomplishment! What a joy to clean up, eat and become horizontal at the end of it! We were amply rewarded by a peaceful mooring in Fairfield Junction, where the canal was once more embraced by the houses around it (rather than fenced off with razor wire).
From here on we were once more in beautiful countryside as we headed uphill into the edge of the peak district. One of the many highlights of our trip!

My Star of the Seas Blanket On the needles I have the delectable Star of the Seas blanket in Malabrigo Yarns, in preparation for my Craft Cruises trip from Buenos Aires to Santiago around Cape Horn (well, via the Drake passage) in January 2017. Skip winter with me, it's the southern hemisphere summer there! There will be penguins...
And, as some of you may already have discovered, the Malabrigo Yarns are a treat to handle.

Must dash, the island is calling -- it has been a long time since I was there last!

Wishing you all Happy Summer Stitches!


Looming Postal Strike in Canada

With the very real possibility of a postal strike this month, we are preparing for a disruption to our mailing schedule. We will continue to fill orders and will mail them when we are able, but please be prepared for some extra waiting time.
Bearing that in mind, we have decided on a special offer: any Learn With Lucy DVD order or book order of Cool Socks Warm Feet or Cool Knitters Finish In Style made during the month of July will include the corresponding Download hand-delivered to your Notebook at! You will be able to access your purchases from there, and the books or DVDs will be in the mail just as soon as we can send them!

July Specials

Knitting Venus 1 This month's DVD+Download Special
Knitting Venus 1 is our July 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!

Remember to check the homepage at for our weekly half-priced pattern. This week, we are featuring the Venus Rising Sweater, which is the perfect complement to our DVD of the month!
Featuring the Navajo triple-ply technique, this cardigan is knit sideways from one cuff to the other; when you get to the upper part of the first sleeve, the stitches for the body are added most ingeniously. If you want to learn some new techniques, you are in for a treat!

Our Lucky Dip pattern collections are still Available!

Lucky Dip Pattern Collection

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 patterns.
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.

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