Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to normal again

Sorry that I've been out of touch. I spent last week in Michigan, teaching at the Michigan Fiber Festival, and having a wonderful time, as always. We got home very late Monday night (without our luggage, which didn't make it to our connecting flight... we barely made it to our connecting flight, and there was no way the bags were going to get across the terminal in that amount of time. I think we were on the ground less than 25 minutes at MSP, which may be a new world record), but we picked them up yesterday. Maybe by tomorrow, I'll be rested up enough to post some pics.

I'll be home for a month now, and then I'm off to New Jersey to teach dyeing classes at the North Country Spinners Fibre Fallout retreat. I taught there two years ago and had a wonderful time. I'm looking forward to going back!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Daily Photo Challenge July Highlights

Starts with K



Bubbles (taken with the new underwater camera)


Interior (there is a South Dakota town by that name, right by The Badlands)

Torn (The Hub wears his work clothes until they fall apart)






Cloud Shapes (I took this for the cloud snakes peeking down at the ground, but a friend pointed out the sky wolf at the top)

Lost (the amethyst from the ring my grandma gave me on my 16th birthday, was lost in the snow. I wore that ring for over 30 years and we never found the stone. I may get a replacement some day)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inspirational Umbria, Todi Italy, May 24-30 2015!!!! IT'S ON!!!!!!

I am about to hyperventilate here- the dates have been set for a week-long knitwear design workshop in Todi, Italy. And I will be teaching! In Italy! In May 2015.

The focus of the in-depth workshop will be on translating landscape and architectural features and details and impressions into charts for stranded and Fair Isle knitting. Every student will go home with an original, and completely unique, pattern of his or her own design. Not only will we use the beautiful town of Todi as inspiration, we'll be taking excursions to Assisi, and surrounding areas. Classes will be in the morning, excursions in the afternoon (including a yarn crawl- there are three yarn stores in Todi, wine tasting, a cooking class, and a Medieval archery demo), and great food in the evening. Friendship and laughter all day, every day. It's going to be fun, lemee tellya.

Prices for the retreat have not been set yet, but here's the flyer:

Feel free to copy and distribute this flyer anywhere you like. I also have a PDF file- e-mail me if you'd like it as well.

As if the above wasn't enough of an incentive- take a gander at the hotel where we'll be staying:

 I was rendered speechless (a rare and wonderful thing) when I went to the Hotel Bramante website. *Amazing* doesn't begin to cover it. Be sure to watch the video.

And if you need a little more incentive, the workshop facilitator Alexandra Hook, sent me this picture of Todi itself:

As the rest of the details are settled, I'll let you all know. Come and join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Edited to add: I just started a Ravelry group called Inspiring Umbria- come and join us!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Attention KOBO readers!

KOBO is having a 4 day 30% off sale of select titles, including The Nut Hut! The promo code is TGIFSAVE30, and instructions for using the code are on the main page.

Here's the main page link.

This is the main page, announcing the sale. The Nut Hut isn't listed on that page (they're showing Romance, Mystery, and SF), but if you click on Browse Now, and look for the title, you'll find it. And you'll find it faster if you search titles Z-A.

Here's the sale page

And here's the direct link to The Nut Hut:

I'm very proud of this book, and thrilled for it to be included in this promotion.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wingspan #1 Finished

It weighs in at a beautiful 157 gr, which means a single ball of fingering weight sock yarn won't do it, unless you want a shorter shawl/scarf. I think it's a nice size for a shawlette. I will be knitting more Wingspans.