and was followed by Lulu also in Yarn Forward.
And Gabrielle in Let's Knit
and 'The Golden Jacket' in Yarn Forward at the end of the year.
Tabitha from Yarn Forward:
Cherish from Knitting:
Charlotte from Artesano:
Sue also from Artesano:
Adele in Manos Lace:
Candace from Let's Knit:
For 2011 I'd like to do more self-published designs as well as continue to design for magazines and yarn companies. I'm also working on a book proposal. I'm also thinking about doing an E-book with a selection of Easy Lace patterns and some tutorials.
One of my personal goals last year was to spin and knit myself a garment from my handspun. I didn't get around to this. In fact I did very little spinning last year and i'd like to increase the amount of spinning I do this year. I've got 500gr of a merino/seacell blend I ordered at Fibre Fest in 2009 and another bag of natural dark grey alpaca I bought in 2009 too, which would both be suitable for a garment. I'm thinking my best option for knitting something for me would be to spin it fine enough to be able to machine knit it. Not sure i can spin it that fine though and also, my knitting machine prefers nice, even yarn and my handspun is not. All this talk of spinning is making me want to do some spinning so I may put my laptop away and get my wheel out and spin for a little bit before i have an early night. I'm incredibly tired after a bad night last night. I was awake from 3 am. This morning I was at The Cornwall Yarn shop teaching a class of beginners knitting. The ladies I taught were lovely and were not complete beginners which made it a lot easier. In 3 hours we practiced 2 different cast ons, cast off, garter stitch, stocking stitch, rib and moss stitch as well as unpicking stitch by stitch, dropping a stitch and picking it up again using a crochet hook and they all tried continental knitting and Norwegian purl. I think the verdict was that the English method is easier. The Cornwall Yarn Shop are organising a trip to Wonderwool in April and KnitNation in July. Check out their website for details.
What are your goals for 2011? Leave me a comment. Tomorrow I'll have pics and news of a new wip, the progress on my latest machine knit sweater, some new arrivals and maybe some spinning action. The next shop update will be on Thursday or Friday. And the Sock Variety Club and Easy Lace club will be posted Thursday or Friday too. Nite x