Meet Anna Hernandez from Skeins in the Stacks

Donna asked me to write an article on this blog about my yarn business. To write about the struggles of running a small business. read more →

Let Freedom Ring: Belarusian Wrist Warmers

I’ve added my Belarusian Wrist Warmers pattern to my Ravelry store.   The original came out in Piecework magazine in 2011. Somehow it seems appropriate to re-publish this pattern at this time. I’ve created a PDF that includes an essay about textiles in Belarus and a stitch library of colorwork charts, as well as the.. read more →

One Way Ticket

I’m doing a little writing class this month and writing to the prompts on top of paintings in my sketchbook. Here is today’s mini essay. My great grandparents came to the USA on one way tickets. Europe to America, never to return. Running from pogroms and Russification, they left Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine. Perhaps being.. read more →

A Change of Course

Every once in a while, I change course. Sometimes it’s in a big way. Sometimes it’s in a small way. This year is in between.  I’m changing a few things but I hope it will make a big impact. Don’t worry! I’ll still be releasing patterns and ebooks, teaching and holding retreats, and offering you deals.. 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 →

Top 10 Books of My Life

What books have been your favorites or have influenced you most in your life. I decide to make a list of ten this morning. If I made this list on a different day, a few of the choices would probably be different. Paring it down to ten was hard.   In the order they came to.. read more →

Personal or Professional?

If you’ve been following me for any time, you have probably noticed that I talk about both personal and professional ideas and activities on my blog and social media accounts. The newest part of my business is my Birth Your Knitting Book mentoring program, where I am helping newer designers build their businesses and get.. read more →

On the road again…

I’ve been staying home more than usual this year, but I have my spring teaching trip coming up soon. I find that getting away for a little while in the spring is a good transition out of winter for me. Sometimes I travel to teach at national events like Interweave’s Yarn Fest or Stitches, sometimes I teach at.. read more →

Joyousa Knitting 5

This week I am going to blog about knitting books that made me smile this year. The posts are coming in the order in which I found the books. Each is a mini-review with a list of what made me smile as I read the book. In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey through.. read more →

The History of the Famous Aran Sweater

The first hand-knitted Aran Sweaters to go on sale were sold in 1935. They were sold in ‘The Country Shop’ in Dublin, Ireland, which was run at the time by Dr. Muriel Gahan read more →

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