Spun Yarn 85
By the time you read this, I will be on my way home from fabulous southern California, where I have been teaching at guilds in Palm Springs, Hemet,
and Riverside. This tour included a visit to the newly
re-located Knitting Tree in Los Angeles
to round things out. I truly enjoyed knitting with several of you at some of the
I can scarcely believe we are in December already! Knitting on the Wild Side Camp on Tancook Island seems like a distant sunny memory. Now is the time for snow tires and much of my holiday baking has commenced.
After having completed one series of far-flung workshop tours, I tried to get ahead of myself on the domestic front before leaving for the next one, wrestling into
shape my customary baking
campaign of making Stollen (rich, marzipan-filled fruit loaves), Christmas puddings and cakes.
Whatever did not get baked before my departure will not get done at all!
A Busy Autumn
My first fall trip this year was a teaching tour to Knit City in Vancouver, British Columbia. This was the 5th annual Knit City event, and a delightful experience it was, too.
Knitters on the West Coast should check it out for future years - it is easy to get to Vancouver, such a lovely city with spectacular scenery. As an added bonus for those coming up from the States, the US dollar is very effective for Canadian yarn shopping!
My personal travels went off with a bang! Having checked our calendars, my husband and I decided to take a couple of days away together, with the aim of
catching some snorkelling and sailing in the sparkly blue waters around
Bermuda. Unbeknownst to us, however,
Tropical Storm Nicole
had similar plans. By her arrival, she had become a Category 3 Hurricane! John and I had a grandstand view.
From our cottage, we could see her both coming and going.
For the full experience, check out my blog. Our dream of sailing in these waters will be realized one day!
All of my fall knitting was on the Star of the Seas doubleknit blanket in Malabrigo yarns. It has been delightful: it is always there, always beautiful, and the yarns are sumptuous to work with. This blanket is one of the options for the classes on double knitting that I will be teaching on the Antarctic Cruise in January 2017. The other project is a lovely reversible ear-flap hat which I've named the Magellan Hat. Both of these patterns will be for sale by late winter 2017.
I finished the final few rounds of the Star of the Seas blanket late last month! As it is knit in sport-weight
wool, this project grew significantly faster than some of my earlier centre-out double-knit blankets.
Those had been worked in fingering-weight
using 4.5 mm needles rather than 3.5 mm makes a huge difference! In order to get it finished in time to photograph, this had been my carry-on knitting
for several of my recent teaching journeys. I was immensely grateful to have it with me whilst stuck in
Washington Dulles Airport
overnight! However, the more the blanket grew, the more
challenging it became to manipulate the 1400 sts per round (and 5 circular needles) in the ever smaller space one is allowed on an aeroplane.
Nova Scotia: A Knitter's Paradise!
Corrie and I were interviewed by a young Journalism Student from one of our local Universities earlier this month. What fun it was to reminisce about my first days in Nova Scotia and how I became so intimately involved with the local knitting community. I've added a link to her article here, I think it's well worth a read!
Welcome To The Family!
Happy news! We have new family member, a grand-kitten, named Pluto. He seems to appreciate the relaxing nature of knitting. He is coming to stay with me this week, and I foresee some some serious kitten/yarn interaction. The house is not so kitten-proof anymore, but John and I have been missing having a feline around the house!
Wishing you all Happy Holiday Stitches!
During this special Holiday Season, we are offering a special Buy One Get One free Sale on a select number of our "Learn With Lucy" DVDs for the month of December.
Buy two titles for $20CAD (plus shipping and tax where applicable)!
Look for this Extra Special Seasonal Deal on our Clearance Page and let us know your preferred titles in the notes.
Please refer to our DVDs page for more information about the individual titles.
Remember to check the homepage
at LucyNeatby.com for our weekly half-priced pattern. This week's pattern, Lucy's
Fiesta Stocking will be on
sale throughout December!
Make this decorative, non-traditional Christmas or Holiday stocking inspired by the perennially popular Fiesta Socks.
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.
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