We’re a long way off from August, but I’m here to let you know that registration opens for STITCHES Midwest on Tuesday, March 26th!! I have four class offerings and space is very limited, so be sure to register sooner rather than later (though, if you’re a non-commital type, you can register for classes the day of as long as space is available).


It’s sort of funny for me to be writing this after I’ve posted so much about my social anxiety (and nearly falling out at a knit night group!) but I’ve taught knitting classes before and I actually quite like having a task - a mission to educate - and I connect with my students making it such a rewarding experience. I talked to my editor on the phone about it the other day and she was PUMPED! It made me feel pumped, too. Part of why I’ve decided to get back into teaching is to share techniques I use regularly in my design work that are either something I totally made up because it made sense to me or is a technique that just isn’t widely used (but should be!) I also wanted to teach a brioche class (which seems to be something that is taking over the class offerings at events) but because at the knitting group I freaked out at, many of the women are still just not on board with brioche. It’s fussy and the abbreviations are bananas and working 2 colors flat is confusing… so I thought I would offer a single class that covered everything a beginner hates about brioche. I’m also offering a brioche class that focuses on mixing yarn weights and fibers to get some really artful, textured, stunning results. You can find a bit more information and links to previews of all of my class offerings under the EVENTS tab.

There has been other news floating around that is less celebratory, but since I don’t have a lot of information yet I’m not going to get into it beyond saying — if you’ve seen that FW Media filed bankruptcy on Monday and you fear (as I did) that it is a death sentence for Interweave Knits/Knitscene/etc… as far as I know, the’re going to try to keep the magazines alive and thriving under new contracts or ownership. FW Media is the mama company and she has a whole mess of babies under her. I can’t say with certainty that all of these craft and creative-focused publications will make it out intact, but my fingers are crossed. Interweave was, after all, it’s own entity before being purchased by FW. Most importantly, I’ve been assured that they are moving full steam ahead with my book (because, let’s face it, I cried a tear or two in fear of all of that work disappearing into a black hole of litigation over contracts and rights). I think we’ll all know more mid-year about what the fate of some of our favorite publications will be. Until then, I’m trying to stay upbeat.


by any means

by now it's no secret i've been working on samples and therefore cannot share any delicious details.  as of today the number has risen to 7 since july.  SEVEN!! that's a lot of pattern drafting and a load of frantic knitting  because when i have 3 different samples in my basket, my brain begins to sizzle and short.  so, though this is literally a dream come true my body is creaking and pinging and sore.  i often slather max-freeze on my hands and wrists to get through the day's work.   last night i decided to have a go at portuguese knitting because it's supposed to be easier on the hands and i didn't know how i was going to make it with another box of yarn support arriving on my doorstep today.  

i found this video and thought it was worth a try.  i had good results - however, with deadlines looming over me i don't really have the luxury of mastering a new technique.  i started knitting with a mix of styles - my usual technique (flicking) and alternating it with portuguese for long sections of purling.  though it was slightly slower than just purling as i'm accustomed, it was indeed easier on the hands.  the tension is held around the neck and right hand releasing hands from their usual tension-holding bonds.  after i had gotten into the swing i asked hubs if i looked like a crazy person and he sort of gave me a sideways glance without a  word.  mae chimed in on queue, "YEP!" and they both giggled.  so, i may not be using this style for knitting in public until i get a pin so that i can knit without my yarn being wrapped around my neck, but for now i'm perfectly content knitting in the living room looking like a crazy cat knitter all wrapped up in string.