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We can’t be together in Maine, but we CAN be together! Welcome to Virtual AffiKNITy, a unique online event with all the fun and togetherness of an intimate retreat.

Patty

Κnit, Learn, Laugh, Repeat

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8 Yarn Shops Near and Dear to My Heart

Do you miss the days when we could shop at our local yarn stores, run our hands on the yarn, and experience the textures? I can’t tell how much I miss the experience and those yarn shops with which I have worked over the past couple of years.

When I was teaching around the country, stopping by local yarn stores definitely added a lot of joy to my travels. So to send some love to the yarn shops which are near and dear to my heart, I’d like to share this list of some of my favorite yarn shops with you.

Although most of the stores have not yet reopened, some of them are still accepting online orders. Visit them virtually and explore the goods they have to support them during these difficult times.

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Palm Canyon KAL Grand Prizes . . . and the winners are

Another video KAL comes to an end. I am soooo honored that over 1100 people joined in on the fun of knitting this top. Some knit it now, while others will cast on later!

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Nearly 6500 amazing knitters helped each other and cheered each other on through every step of the way.

Haven’t joined us yet? If you are feeling inspired to try it, Palm Canyon Video Sweater pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the gauge option and knitting how-tos for only will be $18.00!! It’s never too late to jump into any video class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.

Now it’s time to discuss…

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Live Video Classes Streaming This June!

I’m happy to announce I’ll be teaching two different live video classes this June. Attend the class live and be able to participate in questions and answers. Each class is offered twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, so all time zones can play!

The class will be recorded. You will be sent a link to download the video class file 48 hrs after the class! If you can’t attend live, the Gauge class will be available for purchase later in June.

I will be offering two sessions of each class. Make Your Gauge work is a lecture based class with Q & A, Build a Better Fabric is a hands on class. Space is limited.

Make YOUR Gauge Work

June 5 – 2:30 – 4:30 EDT
      or
June 6 – 10:00 – noon EDT

Build a Better Fabric: Perfect Your Knitting Technique

June 5 – 10:00 – noon EDT
      or
June 6 – 2:30 – 4:30 EDT

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

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5 Small Yarn Producers You Should Support and Keep on Your List

As you know, the cancelations of knitting events has hit teachers and event organizers hard, but it has also impacted vendors and our local yarn stores. Supporting local and small businesses is one of the great ways to send out our love and help our craft community during this crisis.

I’m extremely thankful that I get to work with a lot of amazing vendors, and they really do a great job ensuring that we can get the supplies we need for our projects. So, please allow me to introduce these amazing folks who are doing their best to provide us with beautiful yarn even during this challenging time.

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Knit for a Cause: 6 Ways Knitters Can Give

As you know, our lives have changed quite drastically recently, and the best and most effective thing we can do to play our part in the situation is to stay at home. And trust me, I know it’s hard, especially given just how social knitting can be. There are some ways you can stay productive and knit some positive feels into your project, though.

I know how much our community loves giving back to those in need, so if you’d like to give to others, I’ve put together this list of organizations that would gladly accept your knitting donations. Let’s put those needles to work! Every small act of goodwill can make a huge difference.

 

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Live Video Class – Easy Does It: Ease and Sweater Construction

I’m so excited to announce my very first live video class! I will be offering two sessions. Attend live and be able to participate in a question and answer session, and get it at an introductory price (15% off) AND be sent a link to download the class file 48 hrs after the class.!

If you can’t attend live or you miss it, you can download it later. On demand download will be available with or without subtitles.

AND you’ll get a bonus ebook on sweater fit!

Easy Does It: Unraveling the Mystery of Ease and Sweater Construction

Have you ever knit a sweater and it didn’t fit? We’ve all heard so much about ease, but what do we do with this information? In this sweater tour lecture, Patty will walk you through a variety of sweater constructions (set in sleeve, raglan, yoke, drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder and dolman) and discuss how each sweater works with bust, armhole and shoulder. The armhole fit can be the most confusing when looking at sweaters other then the set in sleeve. Learn what is a high chest measurement and when do we use it and most importantly learn how to make your own decisions about fit when you read things like “meant to be worn with 2 – 4” of ease”. Easy does it, it’s not as hard as it sounds.

BOOK APRIL 24 OR 25 – 1:30 PM EDT

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Joined 10+ KALs? Become a KAL Hall of Famer!

Ladies and gentlemen, if you’ve been here since the very beginning, you know that we’ve now reached our 11th knit-along (KAL). That means it’s time for a new badge to celebrate your achievements!

Now, we are getting closer to casting on for the Palm Canyon KAL and already we have over 900 knitters signed up! I am excited and honored that over 8600 knitters have participated in the last 10 KALs.

We rolled out badges for the knitters who were in two or more of my previous KALs (Corcoran KALTortola KAL, Soho Slip Stitch KALRising Spades KALCosta Maya KAL, Harbor Springs, Labadee Cowl, Roselle Tee, Hudson Valley Cardi KAL, Volition KAL and now . . .  (drum roll please)

I want to introduce a very special one for you HALL OF FAMERS who have participated more than 10!

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4 Yarn Types for Your Spring Knitting

Have you noticed all of the lovely trees in bloom? The pretty, yellow daffodils? The weather has warmed up and I’m excited! I usually start designing my spring projects right after the holiday season so I can be ready to launch a spring KAL and have fun with all of you.

I love how spring presents the opportunity to work with lighter yarns and knit drapey fabric. Thankfully, we’ve got a nice range of quality yarns to work with as the weather warms up. If you’re joining me for the Palm Canyon KAL, you’ll love both yarn options suggested for the pattern.

I can’t wait to get started on this project with you all, our community is so supportive. Especially during this time of social isolation, it’ll be great to come together online and enjoy our love for knitting.

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Palm Canyon Video KAL (Knit-Along)

IT’S OUR 11th VIDEO KAL!!!

I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. It’s spring time, so I wanted to create a fun knit that teaches some brand new tricks.

Palm Canyon is a bottom up, integrated sleeve top, and it’s REVERSIBLE!! That’s right, between Roselle and Volition, I got kind of attached to options.

Join now! The pattern AND full video sweater class is only $10 during the KAL, AND get another 10% off coupon code when you join my newsletter by March 16. That’s 50% off!!

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE PALM CANYON KAL

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How to Support Our Fiber Community

Hi all. It’s been a rough couple of weeks, and we have a ways to go before we see the other end of this. With cancellations, flights shutting down, and store shelves empty, there’s a lot of stress and confusion, fear and sadness.

I am sitting here in my small Brooklyn apartment, looking at my giant teaching bag that has been packed and sitting in my hallway since I returned from my last teaching trip on March 3rd. Like most knitting teachers, spring is my busiest season. For me I’m on the road nearly every week from March to May, and spring is about 25% of my annual income. In fact, I travel so often that my spring ritual when I get home from one job is to unpack and repack. The bag never leaves the hallway. In the past week I’ve been removing class bags for one event that was canceled and putting in class bags for the next, and then that event got canceled . . . remove, replace, rinse, repeat. It’s almost like if I unpack and put the bag away, I’m giving up, giving in.

Everyone has their own version of this story. But through it all, with everything EVERYONE is going through, I’m still getting messages from people asking how they can help. That’s knitters for you.

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