Such a confusing month, January, with its confusing mix of new-year energy to get things done and winter urge to slow down and settle in….
Every year I spend some time defining three things I want to focus on in the coming 12 months: a new skill, a new area of knowledge, and a physical aspiration. This is an exercise that I let unfold over a month or two, until the three things come become clear. It’s a great way to get to understand and then direct my desires!
Wishing you all a wonderful 2022! And if one of your goals for the year is to learn Fair Isle knitting let me recommend my two patterns geared to beginners: Dryas Octopetala, a slouchy hat, and the Beginner’s Fair Isle Cap, a small, close-filling cap. Both these patterns include motifs that build in complexity, giving you a chance to build your confidence in carrying two colors at a time.
What’s New this Month
I’m teaching a 5-hour virtual class through Maryland Sheep & Wool Winterfest January 29 & 30th: The Fair Isle Scarf: How Color is Used in Fair Isle. I’ll be covering how color is used in Fair Isle design and walking through how to use this information in a tubular scarf—no worries about shaping or fit involved! This is an excellent class for knitters new to Fair Isle knitting and design.
The Colors of Italy retreat is filling fast: only two rooms remain (one of them is a suite perfect for sharing).
I’ve added a new 2-day class on working with color in Fair Isle that will debut at Stitches West in March 2022: Color in Fair Isle Color: From Inspiration to Motif. Only a couple of spots remain; I will be offering very few in-person classes next year, so take advantage of this opportunity
I’ve added three new colorways to the yarn pack collection: Greg’s Chickens, Hydrangea, and Paprika.
My 2022 is schedule is pretty much set at this point—mostly events and trips that have been postponed from 2020! I’m not planning to do much in-person teaching in the future, but the good news is that I’m going to expand my online class offerings.
My approach to Fair Isle knitting is modern and very personal; my goal is to share my deep appreciation for this type of knitting and to help you develop the confidence to plunge into this world of color and pattern.
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