Excitement Happening!

The Little Box of SocksCharlene’s new book, The Little Box of Socks, arrived today and I have already taken the Zigzag Slip-Stitch Socks pattern and put it in my sock sack to do next. These patterns are really great – and there are many that deal with hand-painted/variegated sock yarns. Too many to choose from, so I will just have to knit one of each (though you know I am not going to put novelty yarn around the top of the felted bed socks – I’m just not a novelty yarn kind of person). This box of patterns is definitely worth having, even if you have all the other sock books.

Today’s mail also brought the contract from Leisure Arts for my new book, Dazzling Knitted Snowflakes. You know that will get signed and returned asap along with the new sample snowflakes! No pub date yet, but I will post it as soon as they let me know. In the meantime, here are a few of the snowflakes to whet your appetite:

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(For those of you who know I am a Harry Potter fan: no, I did not name the Bellatrix snowflake after her evilness. These are all names of stars in our galaxy. The first book’s snowflakes were all named after rescued dogs.) If you have the first book, Knitted Snowflakes, you know that they are all made out of crochet cotton. The snowflakes in Dazzling Knitted Snowflakes can all be made out of crochet cotton, but I chose to make many of them out of the Kreinik metallic braids/threads to jazz them up a bit. Also, many of them have a plain version and a beaded version (to give them even more pizzazz) and several have mini-versions that only take about 10 yards of thread so you can knit a veritable blizzard in no time. Watch this space for the upcoming date of release so you can be one of the first to get your book and have samples knitted to show off at your next knitting get-together!

NE Georgia Handspinners have a home! We will be meeting at the William Harris Homestead, a restored, 19th Century, antebellum farm. The grounds are beautiful and our fiber arts will fit right in with the ambiance of the house and grounds. Stay tuned for the date of the first gathering.

AND, I have been invited to teach a week-long class at the John C. Campbell Folk School. I am excited because the class will be the first to experience all the tricks, tips, and techniques of another book I am working on – yes, I am keeping it a secret until closer to the time it may be published.

In the meantime, I am still waiting for my Spin-Off to arrive, have finished a project for Interweave Press that I am not allowed to talk about yet, am packaging the snowflakes to send, and have been working on my “logo”.  Anyone else come up with their personal symbol yet?

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