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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Busy November

I can't believe we're halfway through November already. This autumn is my busiest ever in terms of workshops. By the end of this year I will have taught 34 workshops this year, 19 of those are from September to December. I have definitely over-booked myself and I must admit this autumn has been a struggle in terms of managing my workload and I am behind on design and admin work. I love teaching and I love my design work but I do also have health problems and 19 workshops in 3 months is definitely too much for me. 

Last weekend I was in Wales. We spent Saturday in Cardiff with Vanessa and on Sunday I headed to La Mercerie in Cowbridge to teach my Rosecraddoc shawl. I had a group of very enthusiastic ladies and we all had a great day.

I am very busy planning 2016 and I'm trying to be sensible and pace myself more carefully. I've got a couple of big projects starting in early 2016 which I'm very excited about but which I can't talk about yet and I've been busy filling up my calendar with workshops. As well as my regular venues I'm adding new ones. If you are a yarn shop owner and you've been thinking about asking me to teach in 2016, please contact me as soon as possible as I will soon be fully booked for 2016. If you would like me to teach near you, why not ask your local yarn shop owner to contact me re workshops or if you are a member of a knitting/spinning group or guild,  ask your leaders to contact me.

I will do a blog post soon about all the classes happening next year. I'm still busy updating my website. But there are still exciting workshops happening this year. If you're interested in any of the contact the individual shop to ask about availability.

This week, on Friday, I'll be at Spin A Yarn to teach my St Aubin's Bay shawl. This is a new class for this autumn and I'm looking forward to teaching this class. St Aubin's Bay was my most popular shawl of autumn 2014 and early 2015. It's a fun stripy shawl with short rows to create the crescent shape. In Friday's class you'll learn everything you need to know to knit the St Aubin's Bay shawl plus you'll get to start your own St Aubin's Bay in the afternoon.

Next week I'll be back at Spin A Yarn twice. On Tuesday I'll teach my always popular Toe Up Socks workshop. This class is based on my Creme Caramel sock pattern. In fact, you'll be given the Creme Caramel pattern to take home with you. In class we'll knit a mini sock.

On Friday next week, I'll be teaching my Persephone shawl at Spin A Yarn. Persephone is another top down crescent shawl which has been very popular. The main feature of Persephone is the giant yarn overs and you'll learn all about knitting those and the shaping of this shawl in the class plus in the afternoon you'll get to start your own Persephone shawl.

The first weekend in December, I'll be at Sitting Knitting in Sutton Coldfield to teach my Christmas Baubles class. This is another new class for this year and I'm also teaching it at Spin A Yarn on 11 December. In this class, you'll learn to knit in the round on double pointed and circular needles (using the magic loop technique), fair isle knitting techniques holding the yarn in both hands, adding beads and you'll get to choose one of my four new Christmas Baubles patterns to knit in class.

My final class this year is on 15 December at Spin A Yarn, I'll be teaching Norwegian Selbu Mittens. This class is perfect, not only if you wish to learn to knit mittens but also if you want to learn fair isle knitting.

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