Last winter, there was a great giveaway over at the Webs blog featuring my book Color by Kristin and enough yarn for a project from the book. The lucky winner was Carol Ozimek who lives in Lake Tahoe. Carol chose the "Over the Top" Shawl which I blogged about here. Carol writes a lovely knitting blog called "And All That Yarn."I bet Carol's Over the Top Shawl is going to come in pretty handy this winter in Lake Tahoe. Thanks for the photo Carol! You did an amazing job on the shawl!
So now a sneak peak at something that won't be ready for awhile..... Friday I spent most of the day with Beth Brown-Reinsel. Do you know Beth? Well, if you don't, you need to get to know her and all the incredible traditional knitting techniques she teaches. Beth is the author of the classic knitting book KNITTING GANSEYS and a true knitting master at many traditional techniques. She travels throughout the USA and abroad teaching. And guess what, Beth lives only 25 minutes from me in Brattleboro.
Knitting Ganseys has been the go-to book for this extremely popular sturdy fisherman gansey from the British Isles. (Old photo from this website here.) Originally published by Interweave, it was in print for 17 years. Amazing. When Interweave decided to let it go just this past year, Beth took it upon her to re-publish it herself. And not only has she self-published it but she has starred in her very own, professionally produced DVD called what else but "Knitting Ganseys." It is hot off the DVD press and you can order both the book and the new DVD from Beth's Etsy Shop here. Beth is an amazing teacher - so patient and kind and is a favorite teacher at guilds and yarn stores. Her video is a perfect companion to the book or for someone who isn't fortunate enough to squeeze into one of Beth's popular classes. Here's a little preview of it.
So what were Beth and I doing Friday? I'll just say that we spent the day in my studio with a Flip camera. You'll have to wait until January to see the fruits of our labors. Hop on over to Beth's Etsy Shop for Beth's BRAND NEW DVD for a great gift for that hard to buy for knitting friend. And in January I'll be running a giveaway featuring some Beth Brown-Reinsel items so stay tuned! Boy, did we have a fun day - laughing our heads off. Lots of knitting bloopers! I wonder if Tom Bergeron is interested? I doubt it... Good weekend everyone! Better start the Christmas shopping soon!
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.