11: Behind the Scenes Look at Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival

It was great talking to Bethany and I’m so excited for the festival this year!

Here are links to everything we talked about.


You can find links to all the classes here.

Here’s the class I’m teaching

Knitting with Hand Dyed Yarn


Here are forms for all things fleece!


Links to all the competitions

Special Events

Links to all the special events including Crank In, VA Make it with Wool,  Eastern Angora Goat & Mohair Association Fall Show, and the Sheep Dog Demos.

Vendors and Map

Here’s the link to the vendors and the map


You can see all the items in the raffle here.


Here’s how you can help at the festival.


9: My 10 Secrets to Knitting with Double Pointed Needles

  1. The first time you use them, use them with something like the decreases on a hat
  2. Cast on all on 1 needle and then move your stitches.
  3. Use wooden needles when you are starting to learn dpn’s
  4. Work with 5 needles, not 4
  5. Use small stitch markers
  6. When starting with dpn, start your round in the middle of the needle
    1. So if you have 40 stitches total, and you’re of course working with 5 needles, you’ll have 5 stitches on needle 1, 10 on needles 2-4, and 5 on needle 5, when you go to join you’ll knit the stitches from needle 1 to needle 5, joining it, but since it’s not where needles meet, you’ll get less of a gap.
  7. When you come to the end of a needle, snug up the first few stitches on the new one.
  8. Rotate your stitches are you work around. So when you get to the end of a needle instead directly moving to the next one, knit at least 1 or 2 stitches onto the needle you just filled
  9. Watch when starting a new needle how you are holding it in relation to your live stitches. Keep the new stitches as close to the old ones as possible.
  10. Most of all take your time!

Where you can come and see me this month (Sept 2018)

Endless Mountain Fiber Festival Sept 8-9

Knit Locally  Sept 15 Trunk show and Knitting with Hand Dyed Yarn Class)

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival Sept 28th Knitting with Hand Dyed Yarn Class

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival  Show- Sept 29-30


4: Trunk Shows: Purpose and Possibility, the Ins and Outs

Show Notes from Episode 4

My current and upcoming trunk shows

Kathy’s Kreations   Aug 3rd-12th

3 Kittens Needle Arts    Aug 13th-27th

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3: 12 Tips for New (and not so new) Knitters

Tips for Beginning Knitters

  1. Circular Needles can be used for flat knitting
  2. Short projects are good for learning new things
  3. Hats make great swatches when you use the same type of needle
  4. Check your work and count your stitches often the faster you find your mistakes the better
  5. YouTube is your friend, you can learn a lot there and if one video doesn’t help look for another one.  When that fails, reach out to your LYS for a class, they are worth the cost.
  6. Keep your stitches moving along your needle when you don’t keep the stitches you are working on moving up, you can get uneven stitches.
  7. Practice knitting without looking
  8. Learn to read your knitting
  9. Learn to fix mistakes without ripping everything out
  10. Paid patterns are often worth the price
  11. Like with other things, you get what you pay for with yarn.
  12. If you can’t get a ball winder and a swift, get a swift first.  Don’t use a mixer to wind your yarn!


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2: My New Exclusive Yarn

sparkle yarn

Here are some pictures of Mermaid’s Hair Fingering

Indie dyed yarn
Mermaid’s Hair Fingering

Here are some pictures of Mermaid’s Hair DK

Knitting Alpaca yarn
Mermaid’s Hair DK

Here are the patterns I talked about


Fingering weight:

Lollypop Vest by Lynette Meek
Mesa Sweater Wrap by Rosemary Hill

DK weight:

Funicular Vest by Stitch Party
Coastal Breezes by Michelle Stead of Crafty Flutterby Creations


Fingering Weight:

Aquamarine Vest by Mary Dickerson
Suavest Dragon by Michelle Stead of Crafty Flutterby Creations

DK Weight:

Simple Vest by Copper Llama Studio
Joni Topper by Ashleigh Kiser


If you want to be one of the first to have this yarn, ask your local yarn shop to carry Fairy Tale Knits yarn! I’d also love to hear what shops you’d most want to see Fairy Tale Knits yarn in!

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