Friday, June 13, 2014

Moving Day(s)!

My journey on the web has been a long and winding road that has now led to...(drum roll, please!)...

An Honest to Goodness WEBSITE!

I have used Blogger for years (my first post--May 22, 2006) and migrated from a Blog About Everything to a Blog About Knitting (this one) that had links to my patterns and my classes.  It's been a good tool to use for a long time.

As my career as a designer ramps up, I have been looking for ways to, well, look more professional.  My business cards were changed within the last year to reflect this and now so has my primary online presence.  I say "primary" because, honestly, I'm online all over the place.

So please, bear with me as I pack up the boxes and move things to the new location.  There will be some dusty corners and I know that as soon as we move the big pieces of furniture and the appliances we will find things we'd forgotten about and probably dozens of cat toys as well.

Things will be roomier in the new location and once we get unpacked and hang the pictures on the walls, I know it will be a lovely home for some fantastic knitting goodness.

In the meantime, tell your friends, embarrass your enemies and update your bookmarks, because 

is live!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fiber Feel Day

The LYDIA booth. Photo by the awesome Lynn Dukes.
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to be a Yarn Minion to the lovely and gracious Angela, owner of LYDIA Yarns, LLC for the 2nd annual Fiber Feel Day in Asheville, NC.  This event is sponsored by Local Cloth, a cooperative of fiber farmers (think sheep and alpacas) in the Western North Carolina/Upstate South Carolina area.

There were vendors with fleeces, with roving, with yarn and all sorts of things made from fiber--clothing, jewelry, rugs and more.  The weather was perfect (you really can't beat those cool mountain breezes on a June day!) and the shoppers and fellow vendors were friendly and pleasant.  It was great fun!


Baby lamb. One day old!

The flowers were so pretty.

So many flowers!

My latest pattern made its debut! Look for it in a kit available soon from LYDIA Yarn!

Vendors, shoppers, and a gorgeous mountain day.

Me and Roscoe, our cutie-pie mascot.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Socks and Summer: Made for each other

It's the first week of June and you know what that means, right?  July will be here before you have time to wash the ninth load of beach towels!

And that can only mean that the Sizzling, Sensational, Summer Sock workShop is coming up soon!

Super Summer Sock workShop!

Photo by Sean Money, The Charleston Museum

Sock Classes, July 12 and 19
I'll be teaching the cuff-down sock on double pointed needles (my favorite method!). You'll learn just how enjoyable it can be to knit socks for yourself or for gifts. As with so much of knitting, it's really not that hard with someone showing you how to do it. 

This is a two-part workshop to give you time to learn all the techniques that will make you a successful sock knitter. There's a lot to learn but it's also a lot of fun!
If you'd just like to brush up on certain sock knitting techniques, you can just take the class covering that topic.

Socks I
In this class we will cast on using double pointed needles, join in the round, do ribbing and stockinette, and knit a heel flap. We'll also discuss fit and patterns.

Socks II
In this class we will turn the heel, pick up stitches for the gusset, 
do gusset and toe decreases and learn the Kitchener stitch.

When, Where and How Much:
Class time:  9am-noon
Class location: Panera Bread near the Outlet Mall
Class Dates: Socks I: Saturday, July 12
Socks II: Saturday, July 19
Class fee: $35/student for one class or $60/student for both classes
Ages 12 and up

What you need to know:
The basics of knitting: cast on, bind off, knit and purl.

What you'll learn:
Sock construction, turning a heel, Kitchener stitch toe grafting, fit, and much more. 

What you need to bring:
One set of double-pointed knitting needles, US size 3.
Sock or fingering weight yarn, 100 grams will make a pair of socks, size medium men's or ladies large.
Also helpful: scissors, yarn needle for weaving in ends, and measuring tape.

Please register by email, no later than July 5:
knitoasis at gmail dot com