Running away to knit in February

I don’t think I blogged in February. I don’t think I did much of anything in February, to be honest. February sucks. It’s the worst month of the year. It seems like the longest, even though it’s the shortest. And this year, here in Vermont, it was worse than ever because there wasn’t much snow… read more →

Wabi Sabi Knitting

Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It’s the imperfections, the mistakes, the idiosyncrasies, and the blemishes that make life interesting. These are the things that make knitting interesting, too. I am not a perfect knitter. In many ways,.. read more →

Drawing with Lynne Chapman

If you follow me on Instagram, you’re bound to know that I have been spending a lot of time sketching and drawing and trying to improve my skills with pen and ink and watercolors. Part of that skill-building process is taking classes. And what better place to do that than on Craftsy? I’m on the.. read more →

Vermont and Knitting

I live in Vermont because my income doesn’t support living in Colorado or California, the last two places I lived before moving here, and because my husband and I don’t want to work for “the man.” read more →

How do I pitch a book idea to a publisher?

I help people plan, write, and publish books. But whenever someone asks, “Can you help me write a book?” my answer is, “Yes, but who will buy it?” Before you write a book, you need to have an audience of people who love you and who will be waiting to buy it. Finding your audience.. read more →

Author/Designer Q&A

I am in the mood to answer questions today and I mentioned that on Twitter. The questions that came in were great, but they can’t be answered in 140 characters. So I’m posting them here. Please feel free to ask follow-up questions in the comments. Great question! Self publishing: The advantages here are that you have full control over your.. read more →

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

You wanna go where everybody knows your name… (you’re singing the Cheers theme in your head, right?) And when you live in a small town, that’s anywhere once you’ve lived there for a while. But there are always favorite spots, haunts, and hangouts. For me that’s not a bar. The places where everybody knows my name.. read more →

Content in Vermont

The winds of change have moved me over and over again. Every decade I find myself in a new place. I don’t want any more wind. I don’t want any more change. I like where life has taken me, and I’d like to stay here for the duration. Where is here? Vermont Working for myself.. read more →

New Craftsy Class

Although I skipped TNNA (The National Needle Arts) industry trade show in San Diego and VKLive (Vogue Knitting Live) in New York City, my year in Vermont didn’t begin in Vermont, but with a short trip to Colorado to film a new Craftsy class. The class launches on January 25th, but you can enter to.. read more →

Winter Through My Window

I woke up to the sound of the snow plow going past the house this morning. White flakes have been slowly and gently falling from the sky all night. I’m sure that it was not the first time the plow passed by my window this morning, but it was the first time I heard it:.. read more →