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KnitStars 4.0–all the details! October 29, 2019

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Knit Stars is a 3-week, all-online, global learning event that takes place November 11 – Dec 2. It is a series of feature-film-quality instructional and lifestyle videos by the world’s leading Knit Stars. This year you will have the chance to learn from 11 different Stars from Peru, Uruguay, Nova Scotia, and other points across North America!

 

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any questions?…

 

I imagine you might have some questions and would like some more details!  The KnitStars team have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers, and I’d like to share them with you here.

If you have any more questions, I’ll be hosting a live video on my Instagram page tomorrow at 1pm Atlantic Time and answering more of them then.  I’d love to have you join me there!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about KnitStars 4.0

 

When can I register for Knit Stars?

Anytime now up until midnight midnight Pacific / 3am Eastern, October 31 (Halloween), so don’t miss the deadline!

 

 

Who are this year’s Stars, and what are they teaching?

Martha Wissing: Make a Chullo-style Hat with Cupped Tassels

Susan B. Anderson: Seamless Toy Knitting Techniques

Marly Bird: Shop Less, Mend More: Extend Your Wardrobe’s Lifespan by Mending with Crochet

Blue Sky Fibers: Connect, Create and Cable with Blue Sky Fibers

Manos Del Uruguay: Hand Dyeing the Manos way

Lucy Neatby: Two-color Double Knitting

Hannah Thiessen: Slow knitting, Natural Dyes and Mending your Knits

Andrea Wong: Portuguese-style knitting

Pacomarca: Meet the Alpacas!

BONUS workshop just added! Diane Ivey: Guide to Moving Forward: From Social Media to Building More Inclusive Communities

Caitlin Hunter: Traditional Colorwork, Reinvented (Caitlin’s workshop debuts February, 2020 but is still included as part of Knit Stars 4.0!)

 

Do I have to watch it in a particular timeframe?

The workshops roll out a few days apart, over a 3 week period in November, so you can take it all in as you go. You own all of the workshops, so you can watch them whenever you want, on your own schedule. It’s all super-organized in short modules so you can squeeze them in between all of your other activities or save them up and indulge in a binge-watching weekend! You can rewind, pause and fast-forward the videos and stream them on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. You can also download the workshop videos to your desktop or laptop to watch anytime.

 

What skill level do I have to be at to benefit from Knit Stars?

Whether you are a beginner, a master, or somewhere in between, Knit Stars is designed to help you get more out of your knitting and/or crocheting.

And every yarn lover, at every level, will be inspired by the mini movie masterpieces that lead off each workshop! You’ll see behind the scenes in the Stars’ own private studios, workspaces and farms, to learn what inspires them and drives their passion for fiber, design and sustainability.

 

What are some of the reported benefits of taking the course?

  • It’s made me a better knitter / crocheter
  • It’s given me the confidence to design, sell patterns, and teach at my LYS
  • I’ve learned skills that I thought I wasn’t ready for!
  • A whole new world of inspiration has opened up for me!

What is included in my membership?

  • Feature-film-quality instructional and lifestyle videos from 11 of the world’s hottest knit and crochet designers
  • 10 bonus patterns
  • Access to our private Facebook group, an ultra-positive, global group that is active year-round, sharing wins, progress, pattern ideas, and encouragement.
  • The option to purchase additional custom-dyed yarns, kits and goodies, created exclusively for Knit Stars 4.0 owners by some of the world’s hottest indie dyers.

 

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I love finding the perfect colour combinations for my double-knit projects!

What are some of the yarns and kits exclusive to Knit Stars 4.0?

Hedgehog Fibres Alpaca DK KS4.0 Kit for Andrea Wong’s Portguese Knit Cowl

Handmaiden BFL Kit for Lucy Neatby’s Double-Knit Alpaca Hat

Blue Sky Fibers City of Lakes Scarf Kit

Amano Eco Puna Limited Edition kit for Martha Wissing’s Chullo-Style Hats

Barrett Wool Co. Kit for Susan Anderson’s Alpaca Toy

 

Will previous seasons of Knit Stars be available for purchase?

Yes! You can get Knit Stars 1 – 3 for $199 each until our registration window closes midnight Pacific / 3am Eastern Oct. 31! Take a look at the Knit Stars registration page for more info about each series.

 

Once again, if you have any more questions, I’ll be hosting a live video on my Instagram page tomorrow at 1pm Atlantic Time and answering more of them then.  I’d love to have you join me there!

 

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the incredible KnitStars film crew!

 

 

Alpaca Your Bag With Me! October 2, 2019

 

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At last! We will soon be able see the results of the filming with the KnitStars gang here this past June. KnitStars 4.0 – Alpaca My Bag is about to be released!
This is an intimate and lasting way to attend 10 master classes with designers, teachers and fibre producers from around the world, all without leaving your home: no flying, no hotels, no lost luggage! Membership will include many perks and bonus patterns.

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This year, Knit Stars put together a course that teaches people how to go deeper with their knitting and their fibre. Hannah Thiessen is one of this year’s Knit Stars for whom the course was eye-opening and inspiring.
Hannah was tempted to join Knit Stars for years…but she was pinching her pennies. Then she got the call to be in Knit Stars 4.0 and started watching the previous seasons…
She couldn’t believe what she’d been missing!
My link will direct you to Hannah’s journey from skeptic to KnitStars instructor!

 

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I’m super excited to have been included in this project and can hardly wait to share the footage of Tancook Island. During my multi-part workshop, I’ll be demonstrating my favourite technique, double-knitting. I’ll introduce you to my lovely home on Big Tancook Island and my little cottage workspace – all while teaching you my take on double knitting techniques in step-by-step workshop lessons.

I feel very honoured to have had the film crew come all this way to visit me. I’m also eagerly anticipating the exciting South American footage as well as all the other designers’ offerings. The filming quality is so superb that it gives you a real taste of all these many diverse lives.

Please use my affiliate link to discover more (if you later enrol having used this link, I will earn a little extra from your sale). I can’t wait to see you there!

 

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When you sign up with KnitStars 4.0, you’ll get sent even more inspiring stories and some free instructional videos by several more of this year’s Knit Stars. Enrolments open later this month, we are all so excited to share our workshops with you!

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Wishing you all the very KnitStarry-est of Stitches,

Lucy

 

 

 

 

 

Earlybird Enrolment Ends Tomorrow! April 25, 2019

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I’m so pleased to be joining all of the creators who will be showcasing their talents with the KnitStars team in November!  I’ll be joining designers like Susan B Anderson, Marly Bird, Caitlin Hunter and many more!  (Check my affiliate link for details)

You’ll be taken behind the scenes to the Stars’ own private studios, workspaces and farms, to learn what inspires their designs and drives their passion. Then you’ll learn from them in a series of 10 step-by-step workshops that will take your knitting and crochet to the next level. And the best part? You own them, so you can learn at your own pace – pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding as needed until you really lock in the learning! So it’s ideal for all levels.

 

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I’ll be sharing my favourite addiction, two-colour double knitting, from my studio on Big Tancook Island.  I have so much to show you, from cast-on to cast-off, all while giving you a special sneak peek at my colourful home and wonderful Island community.

Now the bad news:  When the earlybird pricing (a 15% discount) ends tomorrow,  you will no longer be able to reserve your spot until October.  Click on my special affiliate link to join us now and you’ll be part of the fun and learning all of November.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Lucy

 

 

Exciting Adventures Ahead April 18, 2019

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For a quiet year away from the gallivanting routine that has been my life for the last 20 or more years, this year is shaping up BUSY again… somehow I still feel there are not enough hours in a day!
Two unexpected mini camps have been organized on Big Tancook Island (sorry, both are already full), I’ll be Adventure Knitting with Judy and others in the North West Territories in July, teaching in Edmonton for River City Yarns in July and teaching at Knit East in New Brunswick in October. Whew!

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And, as of today, I can finally announce ONE more exciting teaching gig:
I’ve been chosen to teach in KnitStars for Season 4.0!
KnitStars select 10 amazing thought leaders from the knitting firmament and film them in their respective working environments hosting a series of classes.

I’d love for you to join me and the other fabulous instructors for this exciting on-line global learning event beginning in November! This year’s lineup features craftspeople from Peru to Oregon to Nova Scotia and points in between. You’ll have the chance to join me on Tancook Island without even taking the ferry!

The online style of the conference makes it possible for anyone around the world to join the fun.

Click my affiliate link to see who’s teaching what!

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During my multi-part workshop, I’ll be demonstrating my favourite technique, double-knitting, from my favourite island, Big Tancook, what fun! I’ll introduce you to my lovely home away from home, with sneak peeks at some of my Tancook friends and my little cottage workspace – all while teaching you my take on double knitting techniques in step-by-step workshop lessons.

 

Early bird discounted registration is open as of TODAY and closes at the end of the day on April 26!

If you purchase KnitStars 4.0 using my Knit Stars Affiliate Link, I will earn a commission – at no additional cost to you. Once purchased, all of the KnitStars 4.0 workshops are yours to be viewed at your own pace as many times as you wish.

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Wishing you all the very KnitStarry-est of Stitches,

Lucy

 

Narrowboat Adventures 2018: A Fond Farewell July 22, 2018

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It’s over. We have departed from Ali’s Dream.

We made our way super, extra, very slowly the last 1/4 day, stretching it out as long as possible.  We meandered back to Swanley BridgeMarina, to allow time for a last canal coffee, and to savour the last 5 locks.

In total, we completed 939 miles and 874 locks in 81 days (not to mention several bottles of Baileys – the essential ingredient in our canal coffee).

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a last bit of knitting while enjoying another glorious sunset

We filled Ali up with fuel, did a few pirouettes and backed her into a very slender berth. Then followed 24 hours of washing, polishing and sorting. I achieved my Fitbit goal and then some just on dashing to and fro between the boat and the marina laundry!

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Jackie-the-Boat-owner made a few queries about us being happy to get back to a flush toilet and ample water flow but, honestly, a washing line and good Internet connection were all I’d missed.

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Our last was another stunningly beautiful morning but, strangely, between locking the boat and reaching our hire car, there were raindrops. Actual rain drops. This turned into a light shower, requiring windscreen wipers and creating modest puddles. Not enough to break the drought, but it did help to make our departure easier.

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Thanks for reading and joining in John’s and my summer adventure. And now I’m signing off from the cut…

I’ve started putting out feelers for next year’s boat.

 

This week’s sale pattern:

 

 

The  versatile, multi-size Lighthouse Bag is another fun summer project! It is worked in the round in a spiraling lacy pattern that gradually decreases as it winds its way up the bag to finish in a short-row Spider strap.
This quick project requires very little finishing and can be felted to make it resistant to stretching.

The Lighthouse Bag pattern is half-price ($3.75CAD) until July 26,
Happy Stitches!

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The SnowFire DK Blanket January 31, 2018

 

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Knit yourself an heirloom with this spectacularly beautiful and warm double-layer blanket!

 

I’m so thrilled with the responses I’ve gotten to  my newest dk blanket design which was pre-released last week!

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I’ve been working on the SnowFire Blanket for many months–I started this project at home in Nova Scotia, it was my constant companion throughout John’s and my time on the UK Canal system, and I’ve been happily knitting on it since my return.

 

This project makes for wonderful travel knitting: interesting, colourful, technically pleasing, but still portable and fun.  My blanket is certainly well-travelled: as a matter of fact, it is with me in Quebec right now!

 

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The SnowFire DK Blanket pattern is more of a workshop-in-a-pattern, as it includes 15 instructional videos and detailed Stitch-Maps charts.

 

 

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I had such fun choosing the KnitCircus gradient yarns I would use for the blanket, and am thrilled with the results.  The yarn is gorgeous, a treat to work with and so extraordinarily soft.

How exciting, too, that the good folks at KnitCircus Yarns have put together a yarn pack based on the colours I used for my blanket!

 

 

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I am nearing the end now, and am applying edge treatments as we speak.  It’s been a gloriously enjoyable project, one which I will miss.

 

 

For more tips and techniques in double knitting, please consider joining my Double Knitting Technique Club.  This is the club for all who have discovered the magic of double knitting and are now lusting after more advanced forms of DK sorcery!
My Double Knitting Technique Club is full of an ongoing supply of new techniques in video format supplemented by workshop-style notes.

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SnowFire and I on Big Tancook Island in January

 

 

Please note that the SnowFire DK Blanket is currently a pattern-in-progress.
While it is still on my needles and the pattern under construction, it is fit for use. I will continue to update it until it is complete with final pictures, video links and layout.

 

Happy DK Stitches!

 

Narrowboat Adventures: Weeks Nine And Ten November 11, 2017

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Our beautiful home away from home. There is a lot of hard work and some days are challenging, but this experience has been one for the books, we are loving every moment!

The start of this month found us chasing diesel – not sure how far we could go without running out and unable to purchase a jerry can for emergency supply (not to mention organizing a way to carry it back from a garage) – diesel stockists are few and far between at this time of year.  It was our very dear plan to take the Huddersfield Narrow Canal back south (many, many locks but narrow) and go through the Standedge tunnel  (the longest in the UK) but the vagaries of the Canals and Rivers Trust thwarted us thoroughly and we decided to continue along the Rochdale Canal in the company of our canal-exploring coconspirators aboard the Willow.
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Traveling in tandem with our friends aboard the Willow

Traveling in company is fun provided they are compatible – luckily we are! We leapfrogged each other on the run up to Leeds both heading for the one open day at the lock stoppage and both getting caught up at the jammed swing bridge – adversity unites. 
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The Rochdale! It’s spoken of with trepidation, and we found out why.  Since the Summit, it was challenging with both excesses of water and shortages. Going downhill is easier than uphill, but many of the overflow sluices are blocked with twigs, which then catch the leaves and effectively impede the water that needs to escape, leaving the locks brimming over at both ends. The canal itself is very shallow, with very few mooring spots and none of them dredged.
Frequently we had a challenge to get alongside at the end of day. The locks came thick, fast and heavy but we had a good system going.
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A gruelling but satisfying day transiting Manchester. Disappearing under the arches.

The final day on the Rochdale saw a target of 29 locks to reach the middle of Manchester and a reasonably secure overnight mooring in Castlefield. There are many spots en route where it was not possible or wise to stop. The homelessness visible in Manchester is depressing. One lock in particular was inhabited under the bridge by a full on encampment constructed of umbrellas and tents with all the occupant’s clothes hung on the lock mechanism.
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Luckily we were able to get both boats out of the lock using only one gate so didn’t have to disturb or dismantle the residence.
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Moored in Castlefield after 29 locks; early to bed!

We made our goal, setting off at first light and tying up in the twilight.
 

 
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