Spun Yarn 90
Spring in Nova Scotia
Coming soon to a tree in Nova Scotia - leaves!
Spring has at last sprung in my beloved adopted province. This is always such a promising time of year: I love to see the tightly furled buds on the trees. They look so ready to open throughout the whole of May but, honestly, they never truly open until June. Every day in May brings a little more green, a few more flowers starting to bloom, all in anticipation of a colour-saturated summer. We are already enjoying glorious daylight until 9:00 at night, however, and glimpses of what this next season has to offer.
On the Road
I've been on the road in Canada for the last couple of weeks, and had the pleasure of seeing two other versions of this country's bud-fest: first in Ontario whilst visiting Little Red Mitten in St.Thomas, and then in Saskatchewan at the amazing Saskatchewan Stitches Conference hosted by Haus of Stitches. These are both repeat visits, making it a double pleasure to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
I have my final US workshop gig at the
Houston Fiber Fest
in Houston, Texas at the end of this month!
I find it hard to believe that this is really happening. I am already beginning to feel slightly less as if I am running Up the Down escalator: there are no more flights to be booked or handouts to be sent out until next year!
My last workshop of 2017 will be with the Adventure Knitters in late September. As in other years, this tour has been expertly organized by Judy Fawcett. We will be exploring the beautiful region around Nelson, British Columbia, and I am working on a special Adventure Knitters' project as we speak!
In addition, we have a few workshops lined up for 2018: I have two booked (done many years ago) with the Ottawa and Kawartha (in Peterborough) Guilds for April. The rest of the year is going to be gloriously unscheduled!
I'm anticipating having more time for myself and have already made some plans.
Initially, I hope to get to Big Tancook Island a bit more. My attendance level for this year has been at a record low so far and I intend to rectify that!
I did manage a brief bit of DIY at the cottage recently and changed my over-the-sink strip light, which had been non-functioning for ages, for a new set of lights - but it was an excuse to paint the wall, too. Now I have plans for the other three!
A Bittersweet Goodbye
On a somewhat more sober note, we are saying "Bon Voyage" to Susan at Tradewinds. Four years ago now, our dear friend and longstanding financial wrangler (I can hardly believe it's been 20 years!) gave in to her family ties pulling on the heart strings from out west and relocated from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island. She kindly offered to continue in her role at Tradewinds, working remotely on-line.
But now she has reached the departure decision point. Her life is leading to wonderful new exciting pastures, including working alternate Mondays at In Sheep's Clothing in Sidney, BC. We will miss her even more, but it is a time for new chapters all around.
Serendipity Double Knit Slippers
I am pleased with the response I've gotten to my Serendipity DK Slippers workshop pattern. This unique dk pattern contains 5 sizes, from toddler to large adult. Each size is charted individually, and I have included a set of blank charts for design-your-own options. 10 video links cover all of the techniques you will use when making your slippers.
The pre-launch price of $9 CAD is still in effect, as we haven't quite wrangled enough feet of different sizes to model them properly! Once the official photos are added, the pattern will sell for its regular price of $12 CAD. All patterns purchased before then will be updated as soon at the final version is available.
What's Your Preference?
Craftsy has just launched a new way to access their classes! Understanding that not everyone has fabulous or unlimited access to internet service, they have decided to release an array of their most popular courses in DVD format, with accompanying written materials. Teachers will receive royalties just as if they were in the original streaming format. Take a look at their list!
This option will also make it possible for libraries to stock Craftsy classes. Libraries are a great way to reach the as-yet unconverted crafter. Our fabulous library system in Halifax has a very brisk trade in craft and textile book (and DVD) lending and, luckily for us, they are very open to purchasing suggestions.
Spread a little craft knowledge, and request them at your local library (ask for my DVDs, too, please ;).
For those of you wishing to buy the original streaming versions of my Craftsy classes, I have created some exclusive 50% links to them below (Please note that these links expire on August 30, 2017):
My First Socks
Foundations of Double Knitting
Next Steps in Socks
free class: Knit-Along 2016: Socks
Wishing you a wonderful knitting season,
We have added some new specials to our Clearance Page. This month we are featuring a number of the "Learn With Lucy" DVDs, which we are selling in specially priced bundles of 2 or more!
Stay tuned for a Flash Sale on select items at the beginning of next month!
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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