Spun Yarn 91
A Happy Start to the Summer
Here in North America, the beginning of July is always exciting, with Canada Day on the 1st of the month and the USA's Independence Day on the 4th. This year is a special one for Canadians, as we observe the country's 150th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion with all of our customers and subscribers, we have created a special one-week only Flash Sale! All of the details can be found at the end of this Newsletter.
I made an important decision last year. As a result, a big change has inevitably followed: I did not renew my U.S. visa, so will not be teaching any more classes in the U.S. Yes, this marks the end of an era for me. I have spent many years on the road, with teaching gigs taking me far and wide.
Prior to this I'd been teaching across Canada for about four years.
In fact, the first ever knitting lesson I taught was from one ship to another by VHF radio!
Through the years, I've met many knitters, teachers and welcoming hosts. I've found inspiration from those people and from the spectacular places I've had the pleasure to visit and explore. My years as a knitting instructor have allowed me to travel widely throughout the United States, as well as internationally. I feel so lucky to have had these opportunities.
I have just returned from my final U.S. teaching gig, a wonderful three last days at the Houston Fiber Festival. It was a fitting finale.
On my last flights through the States, I watched the map of our route, picking out the many familiar place names and fondly remembering many wonderful events, inspiring stores and charming people that I have met along the way. I'm sad to say goodbye. Please remember though, that it is not too far to Canada! When you visit our beautiful country, please stop in and say hello.
Counting Down the Days
Although I intend to continue teaching in Canada, I have planned an extended break from my very scheduled life first. In less than 63 days, John and I will be on our way to our three-month UK Narrowboating adventure!
Although my main focus will be on my further explorations of the canal systems, I do have a couple of outlying commitments still to complete. The next is in late September in beautiful Nelson, British Columbia. This is my bi-annual Adventure Knitting extravaganza, organized once again by the inimitable
To this end, I'm prepping my notes and playing with my samples and kit yarns right now. I will be shipping all of these essentials (and my clothes) out to my co-conspirator Judy before the start of my Narrowboating holiday.
With regards to the business, website and our dear customers, Stephanie will be holding down the fort during my absence, and we will be in contact with one another regularly.
On a more stressful note, I have been distracted from my knitting/work between my last two trips by the attentions of our friends at Revenue Canada, who decided that they would like to examine all of my travel expenses for 2014 and 2015! A mind-bending challenge. However, with Susan's invaluable help and excellent data entry, and all of the appropriate boxes (and boxes) of paperwork found, I believe we have everything they could possibly wish for. It certainly has been a disruption to my creativity.
A Welcome Distraction
I was gratefully stirred from my stunned paralysis last week by an urgent request from a Tancook friend.
"Hi Lucy, I seem to have a beaver emergency. We have looked in about 6 stores this morning and there is not a beaver stuffie to be found anywhere."
A knitter's help was in order! As I was already disconnected from regular work, the urgent request was an easy one to leap into.
More details came in: "Hi Lucy, I just measured the chair. The beaver's teeth would be between 3-4 inches from the seat. I am so grateful!"
Fortunately the beast didn't need to be very large, but it did need to be quick and brown. As this colour is rather lacking from my palette, I was thrown for a moment. After some deliberation, I opted for a double strand of Kauni. Next, I trawled the internet for profile shots of a beaver and determined that, if cunningly stuffed, a lopsided peanut shape would do the trick.
Here is said beaver - the true magic (ears, tail, eyes and teeth), not to mention all of the hard work refinishing the chair and hooking the pad was performed by my friend Hetty. But I am happy to have been able to pull a deflated beaver from a hat!
The chair is one of wonderful raffle prizes in the upcoming Tancook Island raffle in aid of a new deck for the community centre!
Wishing you Happy Stitches,
Happy July Flash Sale
In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, we are selling individual DVD titles for $15.00 each this week!
Check our various pattern pages for more summer specials and,
as always, the Clearance Page is a great place to check out our ongoing sales. This month, we've added several Celestial Merino yarns and more books!
This sale ends on July 10, 2017.
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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