Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Books, designs etc

Happy Saturday Everyone,

Candy P, sent me a photo of her bag weeks ago, but I am just getting around to posting it. Candy took my Free Form Knitting/Crochet class, in NH, and is fast becoming a great free former. Candy is working very hard starting up a new CGOA chapter in Poughkeepsie, NY, if you are anywhere in the area, you can contact Candy here;

Weeks go flying by, but things are getting done. I submitted my class proposals for both upcoming conferences in 2011. I've submitted classes in both knitting and crochet, so hopefully I will be there teaching. If not teaching, I plan on attending any way, because conference are such great fun.

I am well into my new book, constantly creating, sketching, ordering yarn, oh, and doing a lot of crocheting too. This week I also finished a project due Oct 15th, well finished the project, not the instructions, that's the hard part. Yesterday I had news of another design acceptance for a great magazine, love that a lot. Yarn arriving daily for new projects, such fun.

This very interesting article was posted on the international freeform group this morning, thought I'd share it with you,

Don't forget to check out the new book Crochet Master Class by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss, that I told you about last week. Due out December 7th, it is available for pre order on amazon, and it is fast climbing up the list of the top 100 crochet books. It was number 3 when I checked a few minutes ago.

Forgot to add, check out both my new books, The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting and the Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, both available on

Have a great weekend everyone


Monday, September 6, 2010

Great New Book

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you had a great weekend. I had a great time, beautiful weather, family and friends, what could be better. Sorry to see summer coming to an end, I love the warm weather.

I was searching amazon for new book titles and I was really excited to see this book on the list. CROCHET MASTER CLASS, is the creation of Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss, and I cannot wait to see it. Jean and Rita have been working on this book for awhile and I know that it will be worth the wait.

It is available for pre-order on, but will not be out till around December 7th. Just in time to add it to your wish list or for gift giving. Jean and Rita have brought together the most amazing list of crocheters and I am honored to be included. I will be getting an advance copy to review and as soon as it appears I will be telling you more about it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Good Morning Everyone,

Best intentions and all that good stuff. I find it so hard to find the time to blog, but last night I finished a project that did not go well (ended up well though), so I decided to celebrate by wishing everyone a great holiday weekend.

I had an interesting, happy week. I was able to do a really nice thing for someone who I really like a lot, and who is really a very nice person AND I was able to complete the design that was giving me grief because I ran out of yarn, causing me to miss my deadline. If that was not enough, I received great compliments about my new Free Form book from Annie's Attic, that will be out soon.

I also attended our chapter's Coffee and Chat on Wednesday morning, and had lots of laughs.

If I am sounding a little rambling this morning, blame it on the heat, it is already 85 and climbing.

Weeks ago, one of my students sent me a photo of her free form bag, that she completed after attending my workshop. I always love posting photos that I receive from students, so here is Joyce B's bag. Bag looks gorgeous back and front, great job Joyce. I love the way each student's bag looks so different, even though they all receive the same instructions.

Have a great weekend