Red Collection News

The Red Collection

I mentioned a while ago that I was going to be making some behind the scenes changes around here. One of the biggies, and the first that I’m getting around to, is that I’m changing how I offer my book, The Red Collection. In an effort to streamline my business before I really start school full time next fall, I’m simplifying things for myself. The bad news is that the book will no longer be offered in print. The good news is that I have a few copies left that I can sell to you. The other good news is that if you buy it from me, you’ll get the digital version, too, which has been updated to include the full text of the print copy.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy before the book goes out of print, you can find all the information on The Red Collection page. I’ll be offering the last copies for one week, until March 15th. Thank you!

The Red Collection is now available exclusively in digital format! Find more information on The Red Collection page.

 

heat wave?

I am not ashamed to admit that if the temperature in my house rises above 70 degrees I will put on the AC. Even in February. That’s where we’re at today. It is currently 75 outside, but a comfortable 69 indoors.

I longingly remember the cold days of winter, when we put on every possible handknit that we could find, and headed out in the morning light to sled down the hill. That was Monday! What a winter, right?

the ritual

The Ritual

When I am finished knitting a project, it’s not really finished finished until I’ve blocked it. And as I blocked this hat today it got me thinking. With many of you perhaps knitting or crocheting things to give as gifts for Christmas (or whatever holidays you celebrate), I wanted to remind you of my Blocking Tutorial. It should be a PSA. Don’t Give Unblocked Knitting as Gifts!  If you’re one of the hopefully few people who haven’t tried blocking yet, or you think it’s too hard, or takes too long, then please check out that tutorial.

For the rest of you, I’m sure you know at least one last hold out, a knitter friend who thinks they don’t need to block their FOs. Here’s a little gift, then, from me to you. Print out this shiny new one page PDF blocking tutorial (reprinted from The Red Collection) and give it to your friend with a little bottle of your favorite wool wash. She or he will love you for it, I promise. (Yes, the file says “personal use only” and you may not print out one hundred and sell them or give them away at a yarn shop. Just be reasonable, people.)

Today I blocked Jerry’s new Girdwood hat (pattern soon!), with that unruly curled edge that was driving me nuts.

blocking

The Ritual

The Ritual

Ahhh. Curly edge tamed. I am the boss of my own knitting! Now we wait for it to dry.

**Don’t forget, the Asheboro Hat is still just $3, but tomorrow is the last day to get that deal! A HUGE thank you to everyone who has already purchased the pattern! There’s already a few other projects, YAY!**