Spectacular SAFF

Another Spectacular SAFF has come and gone and what a fabulous time it was! I got to visit with two friends Charlene Schurch and Geri Forkner – two of the most creative women on the face of the planet!!!! – have short visits with many, many more friends, and made some new friends (HI Puggerhugger!) along the way. I love fiber folk!

My classes were packed and my stomach is still sore from so much laughing. Yes, we had great times in class! I love that everyone comes to class with different yarns so I get to see what’s new since my yarn shop forays are few and far between these days. My spinning classes on Friday – Spinning the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars – impacted the Saturday and Sunday classes because all the glittery fiber we used kept flying through the air and I found it on all my knitting class samples. Too much fun!

I said I wasn’t going to buy anything, but spin from my stash this year. That resolution lasted until about five seconds after I entered SAFF. I came home with more Cormo – I LOVE this fiber – to spin up for a vest for moi and some of Tina Evan’s great mohair locks to use for puppet hair. There were so many vendors who had such creative wares that the short time I had to fly through the vendor area was spent with my mouth open – either in amazement or laughing at the funnies that popped out everywhere.

If you have never been to SAFF, you are missing THE BEST FIBER SHOW of the year. Plan to make the trip next year – you won’t be disappointed!

Now that I am back home and have checked my Ravelry groups, I am gearing up for the next Reducio Sock Swap! I also was able to check out the new HP movie trailer! Awesome stuff!

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?

Charlene Schurch Fans – New Book To Be Released March 24, 2008

For those of you who are fans of Charlene Schurch – and who wouldn’t be? – start getting excited. Her latest sock extravaganza, The Little Box of Sox, will be released to the public on March 24. It retails for $19.95, but you can pre-order it at Amazon.com for $13.57. This new group of sock designs are sure to be fabulous and, as with all the other “Little Box” series, you can take one card pattern with you instead of having to carry around a whole book or make copies. So why are you still reading my blog? Run, don’t walk, to the nearest computer to order Charlene’s new book, The Little Box of Sox. THEN be sure you come back and finish reading my blog, because you know I always have more to say.