Winter is coming to Vermont and Lithuania!

We’ve just wrapped up our fall teaching season with the Vermont Fall Knitting Retreat at Trapp Family Lodge. What a fantastic time and a wonderful group of knitters. Anne Berk, author of Annetarsia Knits: A New Link to Intarsia joined me and we spent the weekend on colorful knitting techniques, enjoying the beautiful lodge, and singing songs.. read more →

Book Review: Knit Beanies

I like to make small projects. I like them in summer, when it’s too hot to have a big wooly sweater or afghan on my lap. I like them in fall and winter when I’m rushing to get something warm to put on my head or gifts to hand out to friends and family over.. read more →

Making a Living as a Knitting Designer

I’m in the process of revamping my knitting design business for about the third or fourth time. Unless you get a full-time job at a big yarn company or publisher, making a living with knitting is not a simple job. It’s a complex freelance career that requires wearing a lot of different hats (which is a good thing,.. read more →

Two Courageous Sisters and the Liberty Sontag

A guest post by Katherine Durack. If you’ve read Sue Monk Kidd’s wonderful historical novel, The Invention of Wings, you might have wondered about some of the details — which parts of the story did Kidd make up? And which are based in fact? “Slaveholding As It Was: The Courageous Testimony of Sarah and Angelina Grimke” tells about.. read more →

New classes for designers and writers

I often wonder what the world would be like if every adult was as creative and free as we all were as kids. I think it would be calmer, lovelier, more peaceful place. And I’d like to do something about it.  —Danny Gregory I’ve been taking a lot of online classes and reading a lot.. read more →

DIY Ganseys in Stories In Stitches 6

A guest post by Susan Santos. Knitting patterns and recipes have a lot in common. They both generally have a list of required ingredients–yarn, needles; butter, flour, etc. This is usually followed by steps of execution–CO 100 sts, knit two rows; preheat the oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9″ cake pan, and so forth. Maybe.. read more →

What the heck do I want to do?

I keep thinking about what I want to do as an artist moving forward in my business. I don’t want to travel a conventional path to a career as a graphic designer, illustrator, or artist. I rejected that career path when I was about half of my current age, even before I started working as.. read more →

What’s The Good Life?

Some random thoughts on life and work. I have a fantastic job and a pretty awesome life. I love making things and sharing them, and that’s what I do to make a living. Actually, I have been lucky to have lived a charmed life. Although I’m not rich and at times I’ve been poor, I’ve.. read more →

Endings and beginnings. Making a new plan!

How’s everyone doing? Is the summer going to quickly? For me it is. I feel like I’ve done some great things and had fun, and at the same time I feel like I’ve gotten nothing done and I’ve had no energy. At any rate, August is time to transition to fall and get our energy revamped.. read more →

My Top 10 Knitting Books

You may have noticed that there are no knitting books in my “top ten” list. That’s because knitting books need a list of their own. I bought my first knitting book in 1999, when I decided I wanted to knit sweaters for myself. I made a rule: I would have to knit at least three.. read more →