Victoria's Tee (XS - 5X): Paired with a close-fitting undertop or all by itself, this year-round top is sure to please. A flattering fit is obtained by the unique construction of this top: the body is knit sideways in a traditional Victorian-era lace-edging pattern and then the bodice is knit in the round, finishing off with the slight capping on the shoulder and a wide, squared-off neckline. As fun to wear as it is beautiful to look at, this design is knit with an easy care cotton-blend yarn that looks and feels wonderful to wear.
First, on April 9th, I'll be the main speaker at Dog House Yarns 1st Annual Knitter's Retreat out at Graves Mountain. My morning talk will be on "The Ins and Outs of Using This for That" ... in other words I'll be talking about substituting yarns and how to avoid making expensive (both monetary and time) mistakes. For all of you who want to sub non-wool for a wool pattern ... or don't have the $$$ to knit up a musk-ox sweater ... this is the talk for you! We'll talk about fiber, blends, why designers use certain yarns, and generally have a wonderful time talking knitting all morning. After an all-you-can-eat luncheon, I'll be leading two break-out sessions: "short-rows" and "tips & tricks".
Then, on April 16th, I'll be heading down to Bedford, VA to participate in the Olde Liberty Fibre Faire, where all the proceeds go to Bedford Hospice House. I'll be available at two times during the day (more specific details coming) to explain short-rows and discuss substituting yarns. Stop on by and I'll be happy to talk about whatever problem, question, or issue you're having with your knitting. One of the time-slots, I'll be with Jane in the Spring Gate Farm's booth -- she'll have my cashmere patterns for sale as well as her luscious Virginia-grown/raised cashmere fiber. The other time, I'll be hosted by Leslie of Greenberry House ... she's got amazing stuff, too. Note: there will be no food available on-site at the OLFF - the organizers, in their infinite wisdom, opted to avoid having food vendors. Which means, BYOL and save the money for shopping (or there are tons of places right outside the location).
Don't you need a fiber fix? Mark your calendars, grab your needles and knitting and be sure to stop by and say hi if you are able to attend either (or both) of these fiber-rich events! Fiber -- more than a breakfast option!
... after my two-week, self-imposed internet hiatus (did you miss me?)....
I'm not sure about whether I'll get the miracle (I'm just going to leave it in God's hands), but I do know that I had a very productive two weeks -- lots of changes ahead, some book reviews to post and two new designs ready for your knitting pleasure:
"Victoria's Tee" is available for immediate download ($4.99) and is sized from XS-5X. Knit in a fingering-weight, cotton-acrylic blend, this is a great year-round top -- looks wonderful over something or alone!
Malcolum's Cluthar (very rough Gaelic translation for Malcolm's Cozy) with cap and toy cube is available for immediate download (4.99). The blanket is knit in worsted weight, organic cotton and the cap will fit a baby 0-6mo. The cube is a large, 7-inch toy with bells buried deep inside for the baby's amusement. A lovely set for a dear friend's first baby.
Oh, and for those of you in the area (or want to come visit): I'll be the morning speaker (as well as doing a couple of afternoon sessions) at Dog House Yarns' knitting retreat on April 9th out at Graves Mountain. Stop by and say hi if you're able to come out and join us!