I look forward to February every year, because it contains 2 of my favorite fiber events: Madrona Winter Retreat, and Stitches West. First up was Madrona, and although it is always wonderful, this year the vibe seemed especially up-beat and relaxed. I’ve been knitting with Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep yarn for Red Heart, for months. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat
I’ve tried spinning, a few times. It never went particularly well. My most successful experience was using a friend’s spinning wheel, which was fun, meditative, and fed my love of handmade wooden tools. But 1) it was pretty big, 2) my husband noted that I already had a lot of yarn and really didn’t need […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Drop Spindle experiment
I have found, over time, that the sweaters that I wear most are lightweight, which means thin yarn, small needles and lots and lots of stitches. Fortunately, I am knitting all of the time, anyway, so lots of stitches don’t scare me. Agate Ripples is a lot of knitting, but I enjoyed working on it, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Agate Ripples is finished, and I love it!
It’s been a busy few weeks! Lots of traveling up and down the West Coast for Madrona Fiber Arts and Stitches West. I still haven’t unpacked or sorted through my photos and experiences – but I will be sharing them with you, I promise! Right now I am catching up at the office. Things sure […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Some weeks take forever, and you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. This was not one of those weeks! My new Craftsy class, “Simply Stunning Colorwork” debuted and took off like a rocket. We already have several really great discussions going, people are excited about the class and sharing their own tips, and I could […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
My mailbox is stuffed with bargains/coupons/ads, etc, as the Christmas shopping season is in full swing. Let’s face it, none of us really needs anything, but if you are going to give Christmas presents (and of course, we are) it might as well be something that will be personal, fun, and support the fiber community […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Ruby Townsend was in the “Intarsia with a Twist” class at Stitches West, to learn how to do intarsia in the round. I like to wander around before class and see what yarn people brought to work with, because it is fun to see what types of yarn knitters bring. Ruby apologized, because I ask […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I just love teaching knitters the ins and outs of argyle socks. I’ve been teaching this class since Sock Summit 2009, and I not only am not tired of it, I’m enjoying the class more than ever. The yarns we have to knit argyles with just keep getting more amazing, it is super-fun to knit […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.