Well, Hello There!

Shawl and Bump! :)

Hi Readers!! And Hi from New Baby!

I’ve finished the Bulky version of the Fitted Raglan Shawl!
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I’ll write a better post later. I’m in the coffee shop borrowing internet … and am supposed to be on my way to the hardware store for paint! New House is going well…figuring out some of the quirks.

Pure Knits!

I just have to let you know about the wonderful new knitting book Pure Knits: Sophisticated Designs in Shades of White
from my good friend Yahaira! This book has been in the works for a long time, and I am so happy to see that it is now available to pre-order on Amazon! It’s a beautiful collection of knits from a group of very talented designers.

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Here is the publisher’s description:

Whether creamy and warm or wintry cool, white evokes a sense of classic purity. Celebrate its astonishing variety with a collection of 25 stunning all-white projects for intermediate to advanced knitters, all made from the most luxurious yarns ever. From sensuous sweaters for women to adorable baby and children’s outfits to rugged masculine attire, these garments take white to new levels of excitement and opulence. Best of all, you’ll find that using white yarns only draws attention to the gorgeous textural details of each piece—the complex combinations of knits and purls, show-stopping lace, and sophisticated cables. The projects include: a delicate sleeveless tunic from luscious silk mohair and silk; a man’s cabled sweater; and an exquisite hat-and-bootie set that’s soft enough for baby’s tender skin and elegant enough to make a perfect shower gift.

Spotlight on Mols … the Blue-Ribbon-Winning Knitter!

A few days ago, I received this note in my Ravelry inbox:

I’m a twelve year old girl that has knitted your back to school vest. I took it to central Wisconsin State Fair and got Best of Show. I just want to thank you for making this pattern. It means a lot to me. Thank you!
Mols

WAHOOOOOOO! Congratulations, Mols!

Mols has graciously agreed to let me post a photo of her in her Fair-Winning Fitted Knit! Doesn’t she look great!?

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The pattern can be found in my book:Fitted Knits: 25 Projects for the Fashionable Knitter

My Princess

Mazie in a pile of toys.
Isn’t she sweet? On this day, she had a cold and a runny nose, and she thought it would feel good to dump out the toy box and relax in a sea of toys.

Her speech is really blossoming!

The other day she put on her pink frilly skirt and said, “Tutu!” And while we were shopping for some new fall shoes, she said, “Mazie’s shoesies.”

In five short months, I’m going to have not one but TWO amazing kids. I’m so lucky. Every single day.

(No matter what state of torn-up the new house is in while we redo the cabinets. No matter how much junk there still is to pack and move.)

Mantra: I’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m luckyI’m lucky!!

Ok, I belive it now. Thanks for the interlude.

Online Classes…LOVE THIS!

As you can tell, I’m totally engrossed in teaching my knitting class, and in preparing for the next one (Tshirt yarn class).

I’ve been working on more and more Tshirt yarns to use in my class project examples and their patterns:

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I’ve already had some wonderful feedback on the shawl class.

From Dana:
I love the class so far! It’s such a unique approach to a knitting class- I can do it on my schedule and at my own pace, which is a great advantage when you have a busy schedule and can’t give up work time to take a knitting class when it’s scheduled in a store. This isn’t my first lace project, or even my first shawl project, but I am learning a lot of new tips and tricks just the same!

From Sammie:
I wrote about the class on my blog already! This class has been so truly enjoyable and such a good learning experience so far. I’ve learned so much about knitting from charts and find I really like it very much – so much more than written instructions. I’ve knitted lace before, but always from written out instructions. Charts have always kind of intimidated me – they look so complex.

To me, it is so much more practical to have a class like this than a “live” class where you might spend a couple of hours in class but you certainly couldn’t complete a whole shawl. I love being able to watch a video, work on a row and then go back to watch the next video when I have time. I can do it late at night when I can’t sleep!

From Kat:
I think this online class is brilliant. The information I have gotten is wonderful! I am enjoying knitting the shawl, and while my work schedule has been hectic, I am almost done with the first section repeats. As I work to beginning section #2, I am happy that Ste[f]anie is showing how to work the repeats and her knitting tips are wonderful.

Ah! Warms a teacher’s heart! :)