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
There were amazing knitters on the Musk Ox and Glacier CraftCruise. The photographs don’t capture all of it, because there was SO MUCH! Enjoying the projects people were knitting, wearing, planning was an absolute joy. The Blocking class inspired folks to finish things up to block in class, so we enjoyed a good luck at those […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Want to meet amazing knitters? Go on a #CraftCruise
There were wonderful yarn stores in Alaska, and we took advantage! So many ideas, and it was great to have people to bounce ideas off of, and get input on which colorway to choose, what design would be best for this or that yarn, etc. We didn’t have to worry about anything except having a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on First we shop, then we knit. Paradise is #CraftCruises
There were lots of terrific things about the Musk Ox and Glaciers CraftCruise, but at the top of my list was the opportunity to knit a LOT. Being with great knitters and seeing yarn shops and great yarn is highly motivating. Plus, there is lots of time to knit and fun people to do it […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on If you want time and motivation to knit, do a #CraftCruise
I’ve been home from Alaska for over a month, and have finally caught up with my real life. My work schedule is back to normal, I am knitting in the evenings and working out regularly, and last weekend I got a loom warped and wove some towels. It’s great to be home! But, I miss […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on It’s all about the Knitters #CraftCruises
I don’t have as much time for podcasts as I used to, but I love the Knitmore Girls. This mother-daughter duo cover a lot of ground, and it feels like they are speaking to me. I share their sensibility on most issues, and the adventures of the next generation of their family are fun to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Knitmore girls
Is there anything more delightful than acquiring new yarn? Bringing into your life more color, texture, and planning what to do with it? My life as a knitting instructor takes me to incredible events with yarn markets that place so much potential in my path. Resistance is futile. Apparently at Stitches West I was in […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Stash acquisition
I am having great fun with my Lucet braiding tool. For the first time, I taught a class on Lucet, at Madrona, and it was a lot of fun! This is such a great tool for braiding. Check out the Lucet tool at StitchDiva.com Several years ago I knit a pile of cranberries and popcorn, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Lucet joy
One of my favorite patterns in “Annetarsia Knits” is the Rose City Hat. I have knit several of them, and for a quick knit it packs a lot of visual punch. After I had the pattern thoroughly memorized, I decided to mix it up and use different yarn and stitch patterns. The result is another […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on “Stumptown Slouch”- a fun, fast hat to knit for the Fall season!
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!