Kootenay Lake is just a short walk from the hotel Judy and I will be staying at with our Adventure Knitters

Dear Knitters,

Join us on this year's Knitting Adventure in Nelson, BC! Join me in Beautiful British Columbia!
I wanted to let you know (in the nick of time) that full details of my 2017 Adventure Knitting Camp are now available, and bookings will be opening on Monday, March 27th. This will be my last workshop of 2017, and for quite a while afterwards.

This year's delightful event is to be held in Nelson, British Columbia, from September 24th to the 29th. Judy Fawcett and I have hosted many biannual Adventure Knitting trips together, this being our seventh! I have nothing but admiration for her attention to detail and organizational abilities. She has once again hatched us a glorious selection of activities. Our group will explore the unique and funky town of Nelson and its beautiful interior BC surroundings. I am developing a unique design for you to knit, as well as programming four workshop days which will cover all sorts of technical aspects of knitting and knitting rescue.

Judy and I prefer to keep the Adventure Knitting Groups relatively small and spots are already being claimed! To reserve yours, contact Judy at judy@lloydstravel.com.

From Mishaps come Magic!
Colourful Malabrigo Merino Yarn! In between my crazy spring schedule of teaching gigs I found a moment to join our customary family trip to Quebec. It started right off as a Comedy of Errors: my backpack, filled with my intended reading material (including Janine Bajus's Joy of Colour and Alasdair Post-Quinn's Double or Nothing books), computer and a few sudoku puzzles - was discovered, far too late into the journey to turn back, to have been left in the hallway at home. And my daughter forgot her comfy slippers.

Couple this situation with some totally un-skiworthy weather in the offing, and I was lured into saying "Let's see if I can knit you a slipper!" I happened to have a bag brimming with lovely Malabrigo Merino Worsted (purchased whilst in Montevideo in January) along with some some interchangeable needles with me, and I began to play.
Serendipity Slipper, take one To be honest, it did not really help the cold feet situation but, by the end of the week, she did have one damp and colourful slipper, which I promptly borrowed in order to copy, refine, knit the second and write the pattern for! Cobbler's children get wet slippers.
Growing a whole family of slippers! The final result is the Serendipity DK Slippers. Between packing, workshops and travel, I am now working as fast as I can to write the pattern for you and the many others who are clamouring for it.

The Further Adventures of Pluto the Cat
What a character! Pluto has been spending quite a bit of time at our house lately during his mom's work travels. He is a lovely guest, who brings us such joy! This cat has a great personality: he is both a wonderful cuddler and fiercely (and I do mean fiercely) playful. John and I love his hijinks: he brings his toys up to the bedroom every morning (once he has finished with his under-the-duvet chewing of our toes) and drags them through the house with great enthusiasm. This boy likes to play fetch!

Note the project abandoned underneath Pluto There is one downfall to our temporary arrangement: Pluto loves yarn. Specifically, he loves to chew yarn. He does not allow me to enjoy my yarn in his presence, any knitting I attempt only ends in soggy broken ends of yarn. This has proven challenging. Not only can I not knit in his presence but, after having borne witness to one too many destroyed skeins, we have taken to hiding much of said yarn and placing it out of reach (strangely, this cat has not yet attempted to climb any shelves in order to reach the prohibited stuff).
Pluto is quite the clown, though, and always a welcome houseguest. I did quite miss him during my trip to Wisconsin and am enjoying this week's visit with him very much!

A Special Bonus for my DK Club Knitters
Antarctic Sampler, Side B Antarctic Sampler, Side A My Double Knitting Technique Club is still open! To date, I have filmed more than 30 videos for the Club, and will continue to update its library every time I have a new technique to share. The videos are always accompanied by written notes describing the lesson.
This month, Club members were treated to a sampler pattern! I have so much fun creating new dk designs and love to share the techniques I develop as I go. I'm looking forward to seeing how this pattern has inspired some of our Club Members. Join the conversation on Ravelry and get even more out of the Club!

Read All About It!
Zinnia DK Blanket I was pleased to be interviewed in Vogue Knitting Magazine's late Winter 2017 issue for a feature titled "The Renegade Designer". I do hope you'll look for the magazine at your local newsstand. Other highlights include articles about Canada's own Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, British Columbia's Cowichan knitting tradition and a piece about Elizabeth Zimmermann's famous Sheepsdown wool.
The magazine is also available for purchase through the Vogue Knitting Magazine's website.

Workshops Knitting Travels in 2017
This is my last year teaching knitting classes in the United States and my busy schedule will be coming to a close sooner than even I can believe! My final dates for this year are as follows:
Join me in New York State (Rochester Knitting Guild), Minnesota (Minnesota Knitters Guild), Ontario (Little Red Mitten) and Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Stitches Conference) this spring!
My last American date before my final US visa expires is at the Houston Fiber Fest at the end of June and my last scheduled workshop event for 2017 is the semi-annual Adventure Knitting Camp, expertly organized, as always, by my good friend, Judy Fawcett. Adventure Knitting will be held from September 24th to the 29th in Nelson, British Columbia. This is a breathtakingly beautiful area in the interior of a magnificent province.
Please check my Workshops Page to see when I'll be knitting near you!


Happy Stitches!

Lucy




A Spun Yarn/Craftsy Special

Fiesta Feet Next Steps in Socks
Have you ever wanted to knit my iconic Fiesta Feet Socks, yet not felt comfortable mastering all of the techniques and stitch patterns on your own? Did you know that you can learn how to knit this project with me at Craftsy? Among many other unique design elements, this fascinating sock features my customizable sideways sock top method, which can be adapted to any sock pattern.

This class offers a newly updated version of the pattern (which includes children's sizes!) and lessons on the following topics:
Choosing yarn and needles
The sideways sock top and how it determines the size of the sock for your yarn and needle combination
Leg stitch patterns (Shell, Bobble and Star Stitch)
Heel flap properties and how to work it in Striped Quilting pattern without a cable needle!
Heel turn with a reenforced heel
Decreases and the beautiful Flying Swallows slip stitch pattern
Patterned toe and finishing techniques

I have included discount links to all of my Craftsy classes below, which expire on June 9, 2017.
Next Steps in Socks--50% off
Fearless Knitting: Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter--50% off
My First Socks--50% off
Foundations of Double Knitting--50% off
My Free Craftsy Class Knit-Along 2016: Socks



March Specials

DVD and Books Special This month is quickly coming to a close and our DVD and Books special is almost at an end. This offer has been such a success that we have started to run out of select titles! Until March 31, 2017, buy any "Learn With Lucy" DVD or book and receive the corresponding digital version free in your Notebook!

Double Diamond Socks Remember to check the homepage at LucyNeatby.com for our weekly half-priced pattern. This week, we are featuring the Double Diamond Socks pattern!
Try knitting this alluring pair of bead-topped socks with a choice of two different diamond patterns: the Diamond Lace gives a traditional lacy effect, while the Waffle pattern option gives a denser, more textured look. You'll love knitting these stylish socks!
The Double Diamond Socks pattern is half-price ($4.50) until March 29.


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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