Before I get into the updates, I want to make a quick announcement. My books will be at Rhinebeck next weekend! Visit Dirty Water Dyeworks in Building C, Booth 42. I’ll be hanging around on Saturday, but I’m not allowed to do a formal book signing event. That said, grab your books and come find me at the Ravelry meetup at noon on Saturday; I’ll be happy to sign there.
Now to the updates! The revision of Extreme Double-knitting continues — if you’d like to get on the mailing list to be among the first to find out when it’s ready for preorder, you can join here. My tireless sample knitters are beginning to send me their finished objects, so I’m showing off some of the newly-completed projects. Starting at the upper left:
Wrist Chakra has been subtly redesigned to work with DK (rather than light worsted) yarn, and I’ll be doing a headband version as well.
Silk City has not been redesigned, but has been reworked in different yarn by Youmna, one of my sample knitters. Honestly, I think this one may look better than mine would have!
The Box of Delights has been redesigned from the bottom up (or the top down, technically) to be done in Bartlett yarn. This is the yarn I did my original prototype in, and I decided to revisit it for the new design. As you can see, I’m using the same concept as the Whorl’d Tree bag to make one layer a solid color; the outside of the box is still nicely striped but the inside is a solid color.
Four Winds has been reworked in a sportweight yarn by Holli, one of my sample knitters. As you can see, I’ve recharted the letters so they’re worked upside down — so that when the brim is folded up, they appear correctly.
Finally, Open for Business has simply been re-mounted. I got some very nice hardwood dowels and added caps to the ends after feeding them through the existing channels.
There are four more samples that are nearly done or already on their way back to me. I’m in the home stretch on my Whorl’d Tree bag (just about to begin the flap and straps) and have successfully redesigned my Footsies in four sizes. I am shooting for finishing all my patterns by the end of this month; I may or may not achieve this but it’s looking at least within the realm of possibility.
In Other News
October is a nice break for me this year, with no teaching events, and just Rhinebeck toward the end. In November I’ll be teaching and speaking at the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild on the 12th and 13th, taking a short break and then heading out by train to teach at the Yarn Attic in Hillsborough, NJ on the 17th, and Loop in Philadelphia on the 18th and 19th. That’ll be the end of my Fall 2017 season. So what’s up for Spring of 2018?
As usual, I’ll be kicking off my Spring season in early January at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC. I’m just doing two back-to-back intro workshops on Friday the 12th, and registration should be starting soon! I’ll be hanging out in the vendor area on Saturday.
The following weekend I’ll be teaching another intro workshop up at the NH Spinners and Dyers guild in Epsom, NH. I think this is largely open to their guild members but if you’re not, you’re welcome to try.
In February, I’m going to be doing the big CA show as usual: Stitches West in Santa Clara! I’ll be debuting two brand new classes too — on double-knit intarsia and double-knit entrelac! Of course I’ll be teaching my usual fare as well. You can visit their site to find out more.
I’m still waiting to hear about events in March, so jumping ahead to April:
On April 6-8, I’ll be making a return to Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival; I did well there a few years back and I hope people will enjoy my new offerings this year.
On April 27 and 28, I’ll be returning to Yarnover in Minneapolis. This was a short but enjoyable event and I hope they’ll continue to book me there.
Finally (so far, anyway), on the first weekend in May, I’ll be teaching a series of workshops at Maryland Sheep & Wool! I’m really excited to do this, since I have yet to attend this event and I understand it rivals Rhinebeck in size.
Thanks for your interest and I’ll keep you posted as I’m booked for more dates or have more news on the book!