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What I’m Up To on a Monday:

Filed in Just Stitches, Out of Our Head by on July 21, 2014 2 Comments
What I’m Up To on a Monday:

Today’s To Do List: Finish proofing two photo shoots, one of which is a new professional portrait for a fellow knitting teacher! I’ll let her surprise you with her new image, but will say she was an absolute delight to photograph. Finish content for EduKnit. On Friday, our expert interview for our month of Cast […]

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Cast ons and Bind offs: Two Books Full

Filed in Industry Insight, Skill Building by on July 17, 2014 1 Comment
Cast ons and Bind offs: Two Books Full

For a while now, I’ve been fascinated about the fact that in 2012, two books with the main title of Cast On Bind Off were published independently by separate publishers. It was the year of beginnings and endings, at least in the knitting world. 

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Pre-Teaching WIP

Filed in Just Stitches by on July 16, 2014 0 Comments
Pre-Teaching WIP

I love teaching, but there is always a list of things to be done before I head into the classroom. Today was the day that I began that process before my next round of classes. Part of the day is spent printing (on both sides) a little bit more than 500 sheets of paper. Next […]

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10,000 Students

Filed in Industry Insight by on July 12, 2014 1 Comment
10,000 Students

How long will it take to teach 10,000 students? Have I taught 10,000 already? How many students do I teach in a year? These were the questions that came to mind recently as I considered all of the classes I have taught over the years. Then I began to think about all the insights, knowledge, information and […]

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Over and Under

Filed in Skill Building by on July 7, 2014 0 Comments
Over and Under

I’ve noticed that in the hands of some knitters in the world, weaving is making a comeback. Maybe because we’ve accumulated too much stash, or we’re getting bored of our knitting, or for some other reason, knitters are buying things called Rigid Heddle Looms and using up their yarn much more quickly than they can […]

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Knitting Independence

Filed in Out of Our Head by on July 4, 2014 0 Comments
Knitting Independence

Today is Independence Day in the US, so lots of fireworks, barbecues and celebrations. But yesterday, one of the bloggers I read published a personal declaration of independence. It got me thinking about a knitting declaration of independence and what that might look like. So here’s what I came up with:

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Ease Is Never Easy

Filed in Skill Building by on June 30, 2014 0 Comments
Ease Is Never Easy

One of my knitting friends just finished a double knit blanket for one of her grand children. It is very cool as it reads correctly on both sides (so each side of the double knit fabric is different). So I asked her – what would she do next? To my surprise, my design Morning, Noon […]

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The Challenge of Reviews

Filed in Industry Insight, Point of View by on June 26, 2014 2 Comments
The Challenge of Reviews

“Everyone’s a critic” is an old adage and is probably true to some extent. But being a critic in a public forum is not always as easy as it may first seem. Particularly if you are going to OWN your criticisms. Because the Internet has made it easy for people of all walks of life […]

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The Logic of Knitting

Filed in Skill Building by on June 24, 2014 2 Comments
The Logic of Knitting

If you ask many knitting professionals about their career prior to world of yarn, you will find lots of similar themes. Many of us come from a computer programming or engineering background. And the more you think about knitting, the more that makes sense. Both of those careers employ a creative application of logic. Programming […]

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Never Be the “Most”

Filed in Skill Building by on June 16, 2014 0 Comments
Never Be the “Most”

Not too long ago I was watching our favorite talk show (Graham Norton) and one of the guests said, “Never be the most famous person at the party – if you are, you are at the wrong party!” This got me thinking about lots of other situations. It is good for our ego to be […]

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