The past few months have flown by! I'm sorry I've been away for so long. We had a beautiful autumn here in Pennsylvania (I know it's technically still autumn, but once Thanksgiving is past it seems like winter to me). The leaves were especially gorgeous, and we had many warm days to get out and enjoy them.
I wrote my last blog post shortly after I had taught Tunisian Crochet at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Shortly thereafter I returned to the Studio on a rainy Thursday evening a few weeks later for a book-signing of Crochet Cowls, joined by hardy souls who didn't let the weather keep them away.
Because I arrived way early I had time to go out for dinner. The always-helpful Gretchen, the Studio's education director, suggested I walk over to the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art to take advantage of their cafeteria. What a cool place! I didn't have time to tour the exhibits, but it was a lovely little oasis of a place to have a quiet meal of hot soup. It was nice to be able to access the cafeteria without having to pay museum admission. The gift shop had some really interesting jewelry but I behaved myself and didn't buy anything. I'd definitely like to go back and see the artwork.
Back at the Studio, I really enjoyed meeting folks and hearing about the projects they were working on. We passed around all of the cowls for people to try on. I got some good questions about my work, the things that inspire me, and my favorite yarns.
I'll be at the Studio again on February 5, 2017 to teach Intermediate Tunisian Crochet from 2-5 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.
Locally, I was invited to sign books at the West Chester Public Library, my home branch. The library staff did a great job and I had plenty of table space to spread out. A lot of people were interested in Tunisian crochet. Some of my friends stopped by and were drafted as models for the cowls.
I've been wanting to write a blog post but was thwarted by a DNS error. Apparently there are two access routes to get to my website; one was working, the other was hosed. After much back-and-forth with the hosting company without any success, we finally dumped the original host and are now using one that actually works. I didn't want to send people to a dead link, so I waited until the website was up and running.
Meanwhile, plenty of crocheting has been going on! I have an assignment for a Leisure Arts leaflet, with the four completed projects and patterns due to them on 12/16. I'm also working on a new book for Stackpole Books, and for that one I'm going to have some other contributors to supplement my own designs. Wait until you hear the lineup of people who have agreed to submit patterns! I also got another assignment from Lion Brand Yarn to do another kit design--yarn should arrive any day! Here are a couple of my recent kits, the Rustic Tuscan Shawl and the Magic Miters Throw.
I have a copy of Dora Ohrenstein's new book, Top Down Crochet Sweaters, and will review it once I've had the chance to test out one or two of the patterns. Nice to have that to look forward to.
Our local botanical gem, Longwood Gardens, is in its Christmas splendor. I'll leave you with some photos to inspire you this season. Enjoy!