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The Power of Team

Filed in Industry Insight by on September 3, 2015 0 Comments
The Power of Team

If you have ever tried to go it alone, you know there are some challenges with working in this manner. By the same token, employees can be a challenge, too! Even so, over many years and experience in a variety of scenarios I have decided that working with a team is a much more effective way […]

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Kellie’s Nifty Fifty

Filed in Out of Our Head, Point of View by on August 31, 2015 0 Comments
Kellie’s Nifty Fifty

As she considered the approach of her 50th birthday, which was earlier this year, Gwen made a list of things she wanted to do before that particular milestone. I loved reviewing that post just now.

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Knowing When It Is Right

Filed in Out of Our Head by on August 27, 2015 0 Comments
Knowing When It Is Right

This past Friday, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the Trendsetter warehouse during a brief weekend visit to the LA area. I know I should have snapped a picture or two, but we were a bit pressed for time, I am never good about remembering, and we, too, can still get caught up with the […]

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The Real Reason

Filed in Industry Insight, Out of Our Head by on August 24, 2015 0 Comments
The Real Reason

I’m sitting here in my house surrounded by chaos. We’re updating our kitchen by painting cabinets and walls, and eventually getting a new countertop and sink. These may seem like simple processes, but they required us to move absolutely everything out of the kitchen cabinets and take the upper ones down from the wall. My […]

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Creating New Classes

Filed in Industry Insight by on August 20, 2015 1 Comment
Creating New Classes

This week I am preparing for a couple of new classes that I will be teaching on the Viking Passage Knitting Cruise in just a few weeks. This may seem surprising to some, but it is not uncommon for a teacher to propose a class without having it fully prepared. The primary reason for this is […]

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Permission to Be Bold

Filed in Just Stitches, Point of View by on August 17, 2015 1 Comment
Permission to Be Bold

I had a really fun experience the other night. I’m designing a new pattern for our 2Sides pattern line, and I chose a stitch pattern from the amazing Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I chose Eye-Spot Edging. It’s only written in words in the book, and it was driving me a little crazy to […]

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The Price of Being Professional

Filed in Industry Insight by on August 13, 2015 6 Comments
The Price of Being Professional

Up until just a few short weeks ago, I thought Stitches Midwest started today. For those of you who don’t know, it was last week!   Needless to say, when I discovered my error with assistance from Kellie, I was in a bit of a panic. This is not the type of mistake I make. […]

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Adjusting Summer Sweaters

Filed in Skill Building by on August 6, 2015 0 Comments
Adjusting Summer Sweaters

Several months ago we asked for your questions and bit by bit we have been answering them. Today’s answer is in response to two related questions that are a bit more complex. Both questions involve adjusting knitted sweaters for a custom fit. Cindy asks: “How do you raise the neckline so it’s not such a […]

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Stay Friends With Your Knitting: 5 Ways

Filed in Out of Our Head, Skill Building by on August 3, 2015 0 Comments
Stay Friends With Your Knitting: 5 Ways

I met my one of my new neighbors yesterday in the hopes of becoming friends. They moved in a month or so ago and I’ve been so busy I kept missing opportunities to introduce myself and say hello. As I was driving up to my house late in the afternoon, I noticed one of the […]

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