14: Perfect Patterns for Your Advent Calendar

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Here is a link the bundle of patterns I talked about.



Adventurer Wrap

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Ambah’s Ravelry Group

ADVENTurous Wrap

Wrap Flower Power

Southern Exposure


Toasted Marshmallow Shawl

Through the Clouds Shawl

Shoshana Shawl


Fading Lines

So Faded



I hope you enjoy and are inspired by these patterns.  You can get your villain themed advent calendar in the button below.


13: Yarnie Advent Calendar! Everything you need to know.

Yarn advent calendar

I’m so excited to share this with you! On Friday, Oct 12th I’m introducing my first ever Advent Calendar! YAY!

So I wanted to talk to you today about how it all works, the theme, how I’ve been inspired for the colors. Next episode I’ll talk to you about patterns that are great for advent calendars.

The theme is Villains!

The colors tie together and will be in an order that will fade.
11 are tie-dyed, 11 are speckle dyed, 2 are a mix.

How this works

Place your pre-order that open from Friday, Oct 12th until Oct 20th
If you want to be the first to know about it, join my email list.
The entire calendar will ship together to you and be to your house before Dec 1. Each day will have a package that you open.
Advent calendar will include 24 minis and 1 full hank of yarn.

Colors will be set-up in order to fade if that’s how you’d like to work your project or projects.

Here’s the link to the video that talks about Ching Shih, the pirate I mentioned.

Join my email list in the link below.

12: How to Get Your Mojo Back, My Top 8 Tips

  1. Be kind to yourself.
  2. When it first happens let it be. Don’t try to force yourself, sometimes you just need a break
  3. Browse patterns and projects. Try cleaning up your queue and favorites and add new ones you want to make. Get a new book or magazine and flip through it.
  4. Find some pretty yarn.
  5. Find other yarnies.
  6. Cast on a new project
    1. cast on a bunch of new projects
  7. Pull out old projects
    1. Frog the ones you don’t care about making any more
  8. Learn a new technique
    1. Take a class at a shop or festival


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


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