3.25.2015

Cheers!!!! A New Pattern and a Birthday Sale!

Cheers!!!! Guess what?  It's my birthday (I'm turning 28 for the 16th time) and I want to celebrate with you!

I've released Cheers!!! on Ravelry... and decided to have a little one-day sale in my Etsy shop to get this party started!

For today ONLY I'm offering 28% off all my kits AND if you place an order, you'll get a code to download Cheers!!! for free! Can you tell I feel like partying today????

I have 17 kits to choose from... I am running low on stock for a few of them (like Soutache, Rippled, and Cheerio), and when they sell out I won't be re-ordering supplies... it's time to slim down the line a bit so I can bring in some new designs!

So here are the details... go to my Etsy shop, choose some fun kits and use the coupon HAPPY28THAGAIN at checkout to get 28% off. (This sale is only for kits in stock.)

Your sales receipt will contain a link and download code to redeem your free pattern.

And because every photo shoot has one goofy shot:
Thanks again to Patty McGuire for the amazing photos!

A Visit to the Yarn Club... and a new shawl named Cheers!

I'm back from another weekend away... this time I visited The Yarn Club, a fabulous shop in Virginia Beach.  I taught 3 packed classes to a slew of knitters and started their knitting with beads addiction off with a bang!
Unfortunately I didn't get as many photos as I normally do, I was so busy teaching!  We ended up being so many people in the classes that they were held in an empty office space next door, not in the shop, so excuse the lack of yarn in the photos below! (there are even more photos here)
 
I did something a wee bit different for these classes and designed a shawl just for Saturday's class... and then I designed a mini-shawl based on the large shawl so I could teach all the skills needed (integrated I-cord edging, slipped stitches, picking up stitches, working with pre-strung lace, simple charts, and basic lace stitches).  
mini version of Cheers!!!! sitting on top of a larger one!
Goofy phone photo of Tasha and I and our mini shawls!


One of our jobs in class was to name the shawl, so that evening we came up with a name: Cheers!!!

I really wanted to give it a name that related to The Yarn Club. When I came downstairs to the shop at lunch I saw a group of women sitting around the main table, they were all obviously super comfortable, and clearly spent a lot of time in the shop (think Norm and Cliff and Sam, and Woody... I think many of yarn stores are like this!). Yarn Club's logo is a Martini glass, they run a "yarn" tab while people are shopping, and they have a winding bar, and they definitely know everyone's name! So, when Lora, (the owner Andrea's mom, who is an EXCELLENT knitter) suggested Cheers!!! it was pretty much a done deal!

One final thing that needed to be taken care of before I left was photos of our the new shawl! Luckily, Patty McGuire,  whom I had met on Instagram, (and drooled on her knitwear photos) was in my Sunday class and free to take photos with me. (It is still freezing at home, and photography has been really hard to get taken care of!) AND OH MY GOODNESS... she did  phenomenal work, and was so easy to communicate with! Here are a few pics to whet your appetite...

 

I'm releasing Cheers!!! on Ravelry tomorrow, and since it is my birthday there might just be a little promotion to celebrate!

3.23.2015

Fixing Lace Mistakes... my new Craftsy Class!

Guess what?  I've got a new Craftsy class to tell you about (and a link for 50%... see below!).
It's no secret that I love working with Craftsy  and when they asked me to do an in depth technique class on fixing lace mistakes I could not say "no"! When I first learned how to knit I definitely did NOT know how to fix my mistakes and many a project ended up in the UFO pile (Unfinished Objects). As my knitting skills grew so did my confidence to attempt to fix my mistakes, and the more I tried to fix them the better I got at doing it. Now there is seldom a time I need to rip back because of a mistake in my lace (but no worries, I do rip back because of other things!). My hope with this class is that it will help you build your skills and confidence so that you can read your knitting better and rip back less and less often!

This little trailer will really give you a great idea about this class.... (and yes, I did my own voice over, feel free to make fun of me : )! )



I teach simple techniques in the class, like fixing missed yarnovers and decreases... and then I get a little more serious with some lace surgery once you are feeling more confident!
I do hope you will sign up... I can't wait to help you become a more confident and knowledgeable lace knitter!

Use this link to get 50% off my class: Save Our Stitches: Fixing Lace Mistakes

ENJOY!!!!! This class is so fun you might just make a mistake on purpose just so you can fix it!  (OK... that might be a bit of a stretch....)

3.17.2015

A trip to McNeedles (and some New Orleans fun!)

I'm just back from another FUN weekend of teaching... this time I was lucky enough to be invited to McNeedles, which is in Lacombe Louisiana, on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, right across from New Orleans.
From left to right: Pam, myself, Maria, and Cherie!
I always love getting to experience a little local flavor when I travel to teach and this trip was RICH! I knew it was going to be good when I was picked up from the airport by Pam, McNeedles owner, and whisked over to Emeril's on Tchoupitoulas Street.... BAM!
We then headed over the lake and I got a good night's sleep. The next day I arrived at the shop, which is sweeter than sweet. Pam has taken an old shotgun style building (built in the 1800's) and renovated it into a stunning yarn store. I had full classes both Friday and Saturday.... I made my students work... I promise they had more fun than they look like they did in this photo!  There was alot of laughter to go with all that learning!
We went out Friday night to a lively restaurant right on a bayou... I reveled in being able to walk outside without socks and leggings... and was treated to a stunning sunset through trees.
Saturday night I headed to bed early so we could get up and at 'em Sunday! First we had Beignet's and coffee at a Cafe Du Monde satellite shop.
I forgot how much I love chickory in coffee.... SO GOOD! I ate all three of my beignet's and didn't share at all... needless to say I came home with a little beignet baby. We then headed over the lake to New Orleans to revel in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.... want to see?
It started off with a marching band!
These cuties gave me flowers since I took their pic!
Some AH-MAZING St Paddy's day sneakers!
Maria and Pam, my fearless tour guides... (i think Pam looks a little afraid of me in this pic!)
The parade has a hysterical  tradition of the floats throwing vegetables along with beads and candy.... you can read a bit more about it here. I have to say that they were actually handing off the cabbages and potatoes not throwing them at people.... that could knock you out!

I can't tell y'all how I managed to get all the cabbages, potatoes, carrots, garlic,beads, toys, etc I did... what happens in New Orleans stays in New Orleans, right? I didn't get a photo of our whole haul (which was ginourmous) but Maria did snap this one of me feeling just a little in the spirit!

The moral of the story?  The next time you are in Louisiana, you have to head over to McNeedles and say "hello" to Pam, Cherie and Maria... they are the best, and Pam is REALLY good at buying yarn so her store has an excellent selection!  I got some yarn for a new summer sweater I can't wait to share with you all!