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Yarn Discovery Tour

August 25

Passport in hand, I’ll soon go on the Yarn Discovery Tour,  learning more about the yarn shops in my new(ish) domicile in Northeast Ohio. I purchased my “Passport” from The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls. Any of the 15 shops participating in the Tour sell the Passports. The list is impressive! Even given more than two weeks for the Tour, I wonder whether I’ll make it to all 15.  It sure would be fun!  I’m already plotting my course for the September 6-24 dates.

I hope I can stay disciplined enough to bring patterns with me to shop for. I might begin with this pretty Acorn Trail cardigan from Amy Herzog:

Acorn Trail pattern by Amy Herzog

It’s not always easy to find an entire sweater’s worth of yarn, so I’ll pick out some smaller projects too. I checked my “Favorites” list on Ravelry the other day and was shocked to find over 500 patterns! It’s high time to start whittling that list down! The Yarn Discovery Tour will be the perfect way to pair yarns with those projects.


Photo credit for Acorn Trail: Jonathan Herzog

Acorn Trail Pattern:  on Ravelry and on Amy Herzog’s website

OTN (On The Needles) Rally Day

August 7

I’m super-excited to be teaching at OTN (On The Needles) Rally Day in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on August 13th. This is a fun-filled day sponsored by the wonderful yarn store, The Artful Yarn. There several great classes to choose from, with morning and afternoon sessions. Check out the various offerings here.

I’ll be teaching reversible cable technique at 1:30. I’ve re-written the “Aran” pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues to use Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn; the store has several colors in stock. My students will get the pattern as part of their workshop material, and we’ll start the pattern in class.

Aran reversible scarf

Between class sessions, from 12:00 to 1:30, I’ll be signing my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Pick up your copy either that day or ahead of time – the store has several copies in stock. Also, you can stop in during store hours from now until the end of the day on the 13th to see the trunk show from the book.

Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to register, or have questions, please call The Artful Yarn at 440-321-9754

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Trunk Show at The Artful Yarn

August 4

I’m delighted as can be to have the trunk show for my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues featured at the beautiful shop called The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

ArtfulYarn Trunk 1

I hope you’ll come by and see the sample scarves from my book and browse the store’s beautiful yarns.

I will do a book signing during OTN (On The Needles) Rally Day in the store on August 13th from 12:00 to 1:30. If you can’t make it to the book signing, but would like an autographed copy of my book, you can purchase the book ahead of time, leave the book with the staff at the shop, and I’ll be happy to sign it for you. Please be sure to leave a note saying how you’d like me to make out the inscription (“For Mom” or “To my Best Knitting Buddy” or “Happy Birthday to Lisa”). You can pick your autographed book up later at your convenience.

New Mexico Scenery

November 12

Here are a few more photos from my time at Camp Stitches at the Tamaya Resort north of Albuquerque. What a gorgeous place!




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Camp Stitches Day 3

November 8

Our final day at Camp Stitches.

Our Color Knitting class with Franklin Habit covered even more color knitting techniques. By the time the workshop was over, he had brilliantly led us to the intersection of color theory and inspiration. We learned an array of techniques to use our new-found understanding on. Our swatches were added to the yarn buffet as the weekend went on.


Everyone agrees the weekend went by too fast. Until next year…


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Camp Stitches Day 2

November 7

The campers at Camp Stitches had a half day of instruction. My class with Franklin Habit enjoyed becoming de-intimidated by intarsia, using the color theories we learned yesterday.

I spent my afternoon wandering around the hiking paths at the Tamaya Resrt where we’re staying. I was especially interested to find the wonderful horse rehabilitation program that a big-hearted woman named Connie Collis runs. I have a soft spot in my heart for horses, and hope that people who can help Connie out with a donation will do so.


The stables at Tamaya not only offer horseback rides but also shelter some unusual strays. Ever hear of rescue chickens before?


 Apparently the chickens do not want any pesky goats invading their territory.


The goats have a home of their own.


They don’t need no silly chickens to have a good time!


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Camp Stitches Day 1

November 6

I’m in New Mexico to take part in Camp Stitches. It’s three days of intensive instruction and all-around knitting camaraderie. The location, north of Albuquerque, is spectacular.

My first day at camp began this way:

New Mexico


The 3-day workshop I’m taking is Franklin Habits’s Color Knitting. We  were greeted by a giant array of colors and got to play with them all day.


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Little Sweaters for Knitting Camp

June 29

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that in a couple of days I’m off to Knitting Camp. The optional homework is one or two mini sweaters. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on both…one’s a yoke and one’s a drop-shoulder.

The little yoke sweater calls for corrugated ribbing. I’ve always liked the look of corrugated ribbing, but had never done it before. I appreciate that the instructions for the sweater are not overly specific. It gives me the chance to try different options, including how I work the first row or two and join the second color.

I love getting to learn some of the famous Elizabeth Zimmerman techniques that I’ve heard so much about. Working the faux seam had me delving into another of her books, this time Knitting Workshop, to learn her technique. It’s very clever, and I can see how it would not only lend structure to the sweater but also make it easier to block.

knitting camp, mini sweater

I haven’t gotten as far in the drop-shoulder sweater. So far it’s just a tube, waiting to get steeked. Eek a steek! I’ll wait until camp is in session to learn more about steeking before I cut the fabric. I’ve always been intimidated by steeking, and hope I will get over my phobia by the end of camp!

 Elizabeth Zimmerman, knitting camp

I’ve wanted to go to Knitting Camp forever. It’s hard to believe its almost time for me to head to Wisconsin. I can’t wait to meet the folks from Schoolhouse Press and the other “campers”!

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Linen Stitch Class and Trunk Show in Cleveland

June 23

I’m looking forward to teaching my Linen Stitch class at the Ewes d’Bleu yarn store in Pepper Pike, Ohio!

The class is on Sunday, July 26th starting promptly at 11:00 am. It includes lunch. Yum!

linen stitch, workshop, how to knit, reversible, scarf pattern

Description: One of my all-time favorite stitch patterns for scarves is the linen stitch. It’s perfect for variegated yarn, is attractive on both sides, and lies flat. Its versatility can be seen in the photos above – all three scarves are made from this one simple stitch, yet have completely different looks!  Using the technique and pattern from my book, I’ll show you how to create the stitch, step by step. Then you’ll be set free to experiment and, if you want, to start a project scarf. The Ewes d’Bleu staff can help you select yarn to make your scarf, whether you’d like tone-on-tone, variegated, or textured. They’ll also help with needle size selection, as the linen stitch requires about 2 sizes bigger than what the yarn calls for on the ball band.

If you’re interested in taking the class, you can sign up on the Ewes d’Bleu’s registration page or stop in. Or for more information, call (216) 319-6559. Ewes d’Bleu is located in Pepper Pike at 30559 Pinetree Road, Suite 206 (Second Floor).

Samples from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues will be on display during the days leading up to the class. I’ll be signing books after class.

Come see the wide variety of techniques my book has to offer! With over 30 patterns, there’s something for everyone.

Reversible Scarves, trunk show, Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, kniting scarves

In other news, Christina B. is the winner of the lovely Kristin Omdahl Giveaway. Congratulations!

Knitting Alfresco with EZ

June 15

I’m finding it difficult to read Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac without being outdoors. I love how connected she was to nature. Her tales of the family’s outdoor adventures, and knitting outside, are endearing to the nature-lover in me.

A quote: “In a travelling canoe one cannot write.”

How can I resist?

A few days ago, when it was a lovely almost-summer day, it seemed fitting to work on my homework for Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp in the woods at the base of one of my favorite trees.

Knitter's Almanac, knitting camp

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Peonies and EZ Reading. Sublime.

June 9

With giddy anticipation I look forward to Knitting Camp in July. Started by Elizabeth Zimmerman as a weekend knitting course 42 years ago, it is now taught by her daughter Meg Swansen.

I have heard about “EZ”s EPS (Percentage System) for many years, I have never studied it. I’ll read a couple of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books before camp starts, and am already enthralled with Knitter’s Almanac.

To add to the joy of reading this warm-hearted book, my peonies are blooming. These lovelies take the sting out of leaving my California garden. I love their ethereal petals.

You can see the lovely red commemorative edition of Knitter’s Almanac that my very thoughtful husband gave me. I’m already wearing it out. I think EZ would approve.

Knitters Almanac, peonies

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Yarn Discovery Tour and Travelling Stitches

September 6

I adore the North Coast Knitting Guild in Northeast Ohio. It’s a very active group, with all kinds of activities and lots of very talented knitters. The Guild regularly offers fantastic workshops. Today I was lucky enough to take Candace Eisner Strick’s class on travelling stitches. She has a unique way of working some of the stitches so that the left- and right-travelling stitches match each other better than in the traditional method.

Right after class I embarked on my very first Yarn Discovery Tour. I’ve heard about it for years, and am determined to finally participate. Knitting on the Square (affectionately known as KNOTS) in Chardon was my first stop on the Tour. I’ve been looking for a variegated yarn in fall colors, and scored big time with these lovely skeins of Dream in Color Smooshy in the “Flight of the Maple Seed” colorway. Serendipity!

Dream in Color yarn, Smooshy


KNOTS is a warm, inviting store owned by the very talented designer Kate Jackson.  I can’t wait to go back!

Having procured my YDT passport and my first stamp, I have “only” 16 more to go. Good thing we have until September 20th!

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