Friday, June 11, 2010

More Fun at Lion Brand

Good Morning Everyone,

Its been a very busy week, and as usual the days go flying by. After my visit to Lion Brand on Thursday evening, I headed back there on Sunday afternoon for a master class in finishing. The weather forecast was dire, with tornado warnings, rain and wind, but luckily I never saw the rain. It rained while I was in the studio, not a drop all the way home, but evidence that it had poured all over the place.

As usual, the Lion Brand staff was most welcoming and helpful in getting me set up. The class room was large and bright,with a huge table for spreading out our work. We had a great time in the class, everyone learning how to sew seams, set in sleeves, zippers, pockets etc. The afternoon flew by and soon it was time to head home.

Have a great weekend Everyone!


Friday, June 4, 2010


HI Everyone,

I just love my job and the interesting people I get to meet and the fun things that I get to do. Yesterday, I did a book signing for my new book THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO CROCHET, published by Creative Publishing Int, at the lovely Lion Brand Studio in New York City. If you live any where in the area, or are planning a trip to NY, you must visit this great shop. Aside from all the yarn, classes and special events going on, the staff is the friendliest and most helpful any where. I feel right at home when visiting LB.

Upon arriving in front of the studio, the first thing that I noticed was their brand new window display. WOW! is all I can say. The window is a celebration of Cony Island, and is so spectacular. I cannot remember every thing that Patty told me about the window, but it was a collaboration of many fiber artists. The LB staff made all the finger puppets depicting people in their world, even their UPS delivery man has his own little finger puppet. There are so many things to see, there are seagulls, the Famous Roller Coaster, the Ferris wheel, The Elephant Hotel and so much more. With the sun setting and the glare on the window, my photos are not too great, but I am sure that you get the idea.

Once inside, the staff had already set up and were ready for me, people were starting to fill up the chairs. While we were waiting for others to arrive, we had an informal little chat, lots of laughs and sharing of stories. When I started my talk, it got very quiet, then when I asked for questions, things got a little more lively. Several people in the audience shared some great ideas with all of us - I love it when that happens. Susann, showed me a new and interesting twist that she put on a double crochet. It always amazes me what people come up with. By the time I remembered that I wanted a group picture, quite a few attendees had already left, but we were able to take some pics.

Patty Lyons,(4th picture) who is the Studio Director and a most gracious hostess, had someone taking pictures and she said that she would send me some.

Zontee Hou (sitting next to me in 6th picture), Lion Brands Marketing Communications Manager, was there, and it was good to see her again. Zontee and I met at the Conference in New Hampshire almost 2 years ago. All in all, I had a great time. I will be going back on Sunday for a Master Class in Finishing Like a Pro, maybe I'll see some of you there. There are still a few spots left in the class.

Have a great day,