Blog - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

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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Join Me For AffiKNITy Knitting Retreat

POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT 9, 2021

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Selfish Knitting: 5 Projects to Treat Yourself with This January

How many projects have you knit this past year? How many of them were gifts and how many were for yourself? Many of us spend a lot of time knitting gifts for our loved ones. We love to see their happy faces when receiving our projects. But as we exit the season of giving, it’s nice to enjoy a little “me time” and treat ourselves to projects just for ourselves. It’s a great way to reconnect with the joy of knitting for the sake of it.

That’s why I like to think of January as “Selfish Knitting Month.” It’s a reminder that you deserve a little something for your own enjoyment!

With that in mind, here are five patterns for inspiration:

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Volition Grand Prize Winners!

Another video KAL comes to an end (don’t worry the Spring KAL will go on sale soon enough)!! Over 900 people joined in on the fun of taking on this build your own sweater adventure. There were cardis and pullovers, sweaters with different sleeve lengths, neck depth, hem treatments, even pockets!

Some knit it now, while others will cast on later! That’s the joy of grabbing the new video sweater class during the KAL period. You get it on sale AND the videos stay live forever.

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 5600 amazing knitters helped each other and cheered each other on through every step of the way.

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7 Last Minute Gift Items to Knit

Have you got your gifts ready for the holiday season? As a knitter, I enjoy sending my love by knitting gifts for my loved ones. It’s cozy and meaningful, and I also feel like I’m knitting my appreciation and good wishes with every stitch.

I know that this time of year, a lot of knitters end up in the following situation: you think you’ve given yourself enough time to prepare, but when it comes down to it — you realize you’re running out of time! I know the feeling. To help you along, I’ve put together some quick knit projects that you’ve still got enough time to make. 

Here are 7 quick knits that I recommend —

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Volition Grand Prize Packages!

We are rounding the final corner and we are a little under a week away from awarding the FIVE final grand prize packages for the Volition Video KAL

Volition Video Sweater class is a build your own sweater adventure. It comes with hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos, 3 different stitch patterns and you’ll be able to make a cardi or a pullover – $20.00. Once the KAL is over the price will be $28.00

Just grab it before Dec 9, cast on and enter to win!

VOLITION VIDEO SWEATER CLASS

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7 Gift Ideas for Knitters This Holiday Season

Need holiday gift ideas for knitters who seems to already have everything? No worries, there are always more cute knitting accessories and tools out there. And as a knitter, I can never have enough yarn and tools! So, guess what? This list can also be a great gift inspiration to treat yourself!

Here are seven great gift ideas for knitters this holiday season —

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Thanks to You, This Blog is a Nominee for The Crafties! Help Vote Us Into the Finals

I am so happy to share some amazing news: this blog has been nominated for the LoveCrafts 2019 Noteworthy Knitting Blog Award by LoveCrafts.com, a platform for crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery and more.

And guess what? I earned this honor because of you! Your engagement with my patterns and knit-alongs is truly impressive. Not only to me, but to others as well. It’s such a pleasure to see you share your work and insights with so much passion. We’ve developed a great, supportive community, and I’m super thankful to all of you for being so engaged!

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2019 Rhinebeck Meet-Up!!

I can’t believe it’s almost time for Rhinebeck (the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York) again!

In honor of our TENTH KAL, let’s have a meet-up, where knitters of all of my KALs (knit-alongs), fans of this blog, and all members of this community can get together in real-life to hang out, say hi, take some pics, and swap stories!

You all answered the survey and over 60 of you picked Saturday afternoon, so let’s meet up on Saturday at 2:00pm!

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Score A Perfect Ten with Our 10th KAL Club!

Can you believe that it’s already our 10th KAL? We are getting closer to casting on for the Volition KAL and already we have over 650 knitters signed up! I am floored and honored that over 6,750 knitters have participated in the last 9 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 KAL ,Costa Maya KAL, Harbor Springs, Labadee Cowl, Roselle Tee and Hudson Valley Cardi KAL and now . . .  (drum roll please) If you’ve done all of my KALs, then help yourself to your new Perfect Ten Club badge!

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