Spun Yarn 88
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
From Mishaps come Magic!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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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