This coming Saturday - April 5th - I will be spending the day out in beautiful Lenox, Massachusetts at the world famous yarn store Colorful Stitches. It is such an honor to be asked to teach at this store. It is one of the most beautiful yarn shops I have ever been in so it will be great to spend a day there amongst all the beautiful, colorful yarn.
Mary and Bonnie are in the throws of organizing the classroom space. I'm teaching a very fun three hour class beginning at noon. You can find out about it on their website here. There are still some spaces available so if you are hemming and hawing about coming on over, jump on it today. I would love to share my techniques on embellishments and more with you. Their phone number is 413 637 8306.
I'm also presenting a lecture called "The Joy of Color" from 4 to 5:30 at Colorful Stitches. This is the one the kind folks came out in droves for in Minnesota and had a fun time viewing. In this lecture, I will teach you how to interpret color to suit yourself and give you much insight into how I combine colors. So, if you don't have 3 hours to spend, stop on by for the hour and a half lecture.
And speaking of Colorful Stitches.... Do you remember the afghan I started way back here last summer on vacation in Maine? I'm using these last few cold nights before gardening starts to actually sew all those granny squares together. It started out tedious but now I'm in the hang of it. I only have a few left to add for now. I'd actually like it to get bigger than it is right now. I can't say it qualifies as a large afghan - it's what I'd call a lap robe - 64 squares in all. I just love the weight of the fabric that crocheted grannies make. It is keeping me warm during the winter that won't end while I stitch away.
I sew my squares together. I know some people like to crochet them together but I like the way they lay flat when they are sewn. I also prefer handsewing and so find it a somewhat relaxing task.
The cats think the afghan is just to die for. Here's Charlie sitting on it last Friday when it was a little afghan. By today, it was big enough for two cats - Vera and Ginger to spend the afternoon on. I'm wondering if anyone besides the cats will ever get to sit under or on it?
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.