Are you too busy?

Lately I’ve been having a lot of people tell me why they can’t get things done. I think this often comes down to owning your priorities and values, embracing them, and accepting what it is you truly want to do with your life and time and money. Sometimes we think we want to do things.. 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 →

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 →

It’s the little things that count

It’s the little things. And snowflakes definitely qualify as little things. But there are a million billion trillion other little things that I love about living in the North East Kingdom of Vermont. I love that I can see two cars and three turkeys and think it’s traffic. I love that my neighbors have horses. I.. read more →

Oh Vermont! How do I love thee…

Oh Vermont! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: One snowflake, Two snowflakes, Three snowflakes, Four… A wet muddy-brown spring brings the purple, red, and yellow flowers to bloom. In summer, sunshine and rain collaborate to create myriad shades of green. Autumn bursts into a fire of red and orange leaves. But a white winter.. read more →