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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!

 

 

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

 

It’s Almost Out of the Bag April 14, 2019

Filed under: colour,home,Knitting tips and hints,Yarn — happystitches @ 06:51

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Shhh… Announcement coming April 18!

 

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!

 

Long-Tail Cast On Revisited January 26, 2015

Air Conditioned Mittens from A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters!

Air Conditioned Mittens from A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters!

I love Long-tail cast-on! It’s so versatile and very easy to control. I opted for showing Knitted cast-on for my Brand New Knitter DVD as it includes so many elements that are repeated in an actual knit stitch and it will form stitches no matter how randomly they are made. But as soon as the basics are established and the knitter is comfortable with stitches, it will be time to explore the Long-tail method. This method is, in essence, a series of stitches (made with the ball yarn) knitted through a series of loops (made with the tail yarn).

It is otherwise known as Continental cast-on – but the name “Long-tail” reminds the knitter that a long tail of yarn is needed. I’m all in favor of helpful names!

In this video I demonstrate Long-tail cast-on and explore some of its many attributes!

I  demonstrate this cast-on by using two colours to differentiate the functions of the tail and ball yarns. It’s important to understand the role of the two yarns. If you use your tail yarn to make the twists around the feet of the new stitches, it can be unpicked or cut away at a later time as a form of provisional edge (not the most convenient one, but it will work).

Estimating the tail length is often cited as a problem with this method.  I recommend 4 times the width of the edge, which is usually perfect. You don’t want to have to economize on tail yarn length because you are running out, else your edge will wind up too tight. The tail yarn controls the spacing between the stitches (and YOU control the tail yarn).

Fear of tangles in the tail yarn sometimes leads knitters to economize on the length, too. No problem dealing with that: If you wind the tail into a butterfly, it keeps it tidy and allows it to turn and release the twists that tend to un-ply, and hence weaken, your tail yarn.

Long-tail calls for a little finesse from the knitter in balancing the tension between the two yarns. There is no reason why the new stitches should ever be tight. There is no need for a larger size needle to be used, either, as this only leads to baggy stitches and won’t affect the width of your edge.  You are in control of the tension and of the spacing of the stitches.

You’re the boss.

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The Air Conditioned mittens pictured above in Abstract Fibers yarn, used Long-tail cast-on before the “holey” edge. This pattern is available in my ebook A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters!

 

Happy December! December 1, 2014

Filed under: Patterns,Sale,Yarn — happystitches @ 09:56
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This year's Christmas Tractor has arrived!

This year’s Christmas Tractor has arrived!

We enjoyed a lovely Open House for our local knitters on Saturday afternoon.  I was happy to see some familiar faces, and loved meeting several new-to-me knitterly friends.  All in all, a huge success: the BOGO sales were enthusiastically embraced, Holly’s cookies greatly appreciated and many of us took the time for a bit of knitting around the kitchen table.

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John had started decorating the Christmas Tractor, which was greatly admired by all.

 

We didn’t forget our Online Knitting Community and, with all of you in mind, have baked up a few low-cal Holiday treats at the website, as well!

From now until December 14, check out our Holiday Sales Bundles!  Most of these include two of my “Learn with Lucy” titles at 40% off  paired with an appropriate free pattern.  We’ve also included an eBook special, featuring my three digital titles: Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style and A Little Book of BIG Holes for HandKnitters!

The Clearance Section is filling up with BOGO yarns, knitting needles and jewelry.  They’re going fast and we’ll be adding more products throughout the month. (Please remember that the items added later in the month may require express shipping if they are to arrive in time for the Holidays!)

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a beautiful Fiesta Stocking knit by Susan, using our locally dyed BFL Aran yarns

 

And finally, I’ve introduced a new Sale Concept this year: my Online Advent Calendar will feature one of my downloadable products every day between now and December 24th.  Please note that each Daily Advent Calendar Deal will be available for 24 hours only, so check the Newsbox often.  To start the month off right, today’s item is my Fiesta Stocking pattern: you’ll have plenty of time to knit one before Christmas if you start now!

Wishing a Happy Start to the Festivities to you and yours! I’m looking forward to a busy month preparing for family visits and all of the Holiday excitement.  The countdown has begun!

Lucy

PS Poseidon the cat will be choosing a winner of Holli Yeoh‘s new Tempest Knits book later this week.

 

Join Me for a Pattern-In-Progress? December 12, 2013

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My Zinnia blanket is garnering so many likes and passionate requests to knit it  that I’ve started to think of releasing the pattern-in-progress whilst the blanket is still being created. I’ve never done this before, I don’t even know if it’s a good idea.
It will be months before Zinnia is finished, washed, blocked and photographed. But RIGHT NOW is of course the ideal time to start one (for Northern hemisphere knitters). It would get bigger, and cozier on your lap throughout the winter months!
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My Zinna is several weeks old now. Its speedy growth has been aided by several long waits in the hospital Emergency department and a couple of road trips. As the rounds get longer, the visible growth of the blanket will slow down. (I hope too, to be spending less time in Emergency, but I am keeping extra yarn, future colours and needles in a bag ready to grab at a moment’s notice.)

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I love having this project always on hand without any imminent decisions to make. Once the first few fiddly rounds are done, it’s a very intuitive knit.
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After having finished the Sunburst Blanket, I missed its constant companionship and its always-there-when-you-need-it-ness.
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I held out for a full 6 weeks, during which I knit a couple of fleeting items, but the hankering remained for another big project. In desperate need of some travel knitting, I cast on another Sunburst as I flew to Cornwall Yarns in New York. Naturally, I couldn’t resist making a few changes, based on some of my smaller circular experiments, to see how the design would grow.   Zinnia happened!
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With so much interest in the blanket, I started thinking of ways to make the pattern accessible to other knitters sooner.  Here is what I’ve come up with:
We could offer the pattern and tutorial videos to customers who are registered users on our website. Interested customers would contact us ( at info@lucyneatby.com), and we would organize payment.  We would then place the current PIP (pattern-in-progress) into your Notebook, to be updated as the PIP is further refined. Eventually, it will evolve into the ‘real’ finished pattern complete with photos. It wouldn’t be available as a ‘regular’ pattern on the website until its completion. It would be an ultimate knitalong! We could even start a Ravelry thread together –  I can hardly wait to see other people’s blankets growing.  Ultimate gardening!
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Pros:
You can start knitting right away!
We can form a knit-along group to share progress reports.
You’ll get to see the growth and progress of a pattern from the designer’s perspective and hear about the stages of its development.
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Cons:
The pattern won’t have many/any pretty pics just yet.
You may knit faster than me and have to wait a bit.
Let me know your thoughts! Would you like to join my  Zinnia PIP experiment?
PIP has now gone live visit the Club page for information.
 

 
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