This month was filled with yarn, double-knitting, living aboard a ship and visiting the most spectacular and exotic locales!

Dear Knitters,

A Unique Travelling Experience
So far, the Nova Scotian winter hadn't offered much of this... ...so I didn't regret enjoying a bit of this! The rain was torrenting down horizontally and it was still dark at 8:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning earlier this month. I was preparing to board a plane on Friday, heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the temperature was recording a mind-blowing 30°C! I love a real Canadian winter and had been hesitant to give up a month of ski season for this trip... but that morning, I was convinced I'd made the right decision. Rain in January, who needs it?

Pluto is always an entertaining guest! That was my first morning alone in several weeks. We had celebrated an intense and lovely Christmas, with Grandma from the UK and all of the kids here with partners, friends and, for added entertaintment, a kitten! Add two December family birthdays, and we had really upped the celebration-day coefficient! A tiny period of quiet provided a break between the non-stop festive meals and a very busy month ahead.

My home away from home Just a bit of yarn shopping... Although I am accustomed to being on the road for significant stretches, this trip is different. My knitters and I are spending the majority of January on a cruise ship in the Southern Hemisphere! I am mostly bereft of Internet communication, though am attempting to post on Instagram, FaceBook and Twitter when in port. This feeling does bring home how much of life is now digital. The first few days out of Internet reach were definitely unsettling and a little weird but, happily, the very busy cruise schedule and the mere fact of circumnavigating most of South America have provided more than enough distractions!

New Patterns Soon To Be Released
The Star of the Seas Blanket pattern will soon be available for purchase The Magellan Hat pattern will be available soon My knitting had been a bit stalled of late: ever since the completion of the Star of the Seas DK blanket design, I had been spinning my wheels. I found myself really, really itching to start another blanket, but I did not want to fully commit before my anticipated yarn buying orgy at Malabrigo in Montevideo! As a replacement activity, I used my available knitting time to produce a series of variations on the Magellan DK Hat - these hats are fun to make, as well as being a fairly quick knit. The Star of the Seas Blanket and Magellan Hat patterns will both be available to you in February, please stay tuned!

Travels in the New Year
I'm looking forward to my last round of US workshops in 2017! January 2017 is just the start of an exciting new year for me: I have a very busy and interesting travel schedule that will keep me going to the end of June! I will be making stops in Washington, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Ontario and Saskatchewan, with my final US teaching gig at the Houston Fiber Fest.
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. Full details will be released soon, but this is some preliminary information for you, should you wish to bookmark the time.

Excitement Awaits Us in 2018!
After this, my calendar is almost clear, apart from a visit to Ottawa in April of 2018. I will be taking eighteen months or so for a proper sabbatical. For the last sixteen-and-a-chunk years, I have lived with a full and dictatorial calendar extending as far as three years ahead, so this period of freedom will be most welcome. My first sabbatical adventure will be an extended narrowboat cruise, lasting three months, maybe more...

John and I are preparing for a most enjoyable adventure! After some intense searching, John and I found the perfect narrowboat. We will be renting the Queen Bee. To say that I am excited is truly an understatement. Three months on a narrowboat! Woohoo!!! Our stated mission: to get to Skipton to buy a pork pie. Queen Bee is 55 feet long and the usual almost-7 feet wide. At her length, she is short enough for any of the locks we will encounter, which allows us to go almost anywhere along the UK canal system. Since it will be fall, the weather will likely be cold and the days short, so I am planning to pack my warmest waterproof clothing and enough portable small knitting projects to keep me entertained. Must take enough wool!

Wishing you all a wonderful and healthy New Knitting Year filled with Many Happy Stitches!

Lucy




Specials in the New Year

Tractor Socks Remember to check the homepage at LucyNeatby.com for our weekly half-priced pattern.
This week's pattern, Lucy's Tractor Socks will be on sale until January 25!
This is the most down-to-earth sock you will ever knit: the perfect footwear for your special farmer, tractor aficionado or mud wrestler.


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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