FYI - The release date has been moved up to April 28! The wait is almost over.
Innovation is something that happens when there is no instruction manual readily available. Improv Handbook giveaway on OkanArts.com.
Want to get your hands on a copy before May 5? Check out these book signing events and workshops in Oakland, Kansas City and Portland, ME.
Pre-order or purchase the Improv Handbook by March 16, 2015 and enter to win an original mini-quilt, and Aurifil thread inspired by the book.
Many quilters have a love for precision piecing and improv patchwork, and are able to move between working with rulers or going ruler-free.
Sujata Shah gently opens up an exciting path for first-time and beginning level improvisors to explore the expressive qualities of the freely cut line.
Submit your strip-pieced wedge curve quilt based on the Mod Mood quilt for possible publication in the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.
Whoever wins this prize will be attending my Modern Block Improv workshop with a friend at QuiltCon.
Thanks to everyone who joined the giveaway. I loved finding out where all of you live...
Passing along the bounty of community. To enter the giveaway all you need to do is comment with the city, state, country in which you live.
Here are the pair of hand knit socks made especially for Anna at FreePlayCraft, the YOSS giveaway winner.
Thanks to all who entered the Mend It Better Giveaway with your AWESOME advise on How To Mend A Broken Heart.
Mend It Better is a very approachable and a comprehensive reference for taking care of your clothes. It is a book about love and empowerment.
I visited family and friends in North Carolina over the holiday, without computer or smart phone. I had a fantastic two weeks, but at the end of my trip I came down with a horrible cold and cough that put me out of commission for a week. I felt too sick to blog, too sick to work, too sick to knit and even too sick to attend my weekly knitting group last night. However I did take some time on my sick-bed to write out all the names for the Year Of Stash Sock Giveaway. After a year of people following and commenting on these posts there are more entries than I expected - almost 400!
Only two people commented on every single post, Linda & Christina - so they received an extra 24 entries into the drawing. There were three people who only missed one post, so I gave Beth T, Amber, and Anna an extra 12 entries into the drawing. There were plenty of folks who commented on more than half the posts and many who only commented once, but of course it only takes one lucky entry to win.
Thanks and good fortune to everyone who entered.
Because I was sick this week, I postponed the live drawing until my Alameda Knitting group meets again next Thursday. Besides the grand prize of a pair of hand knit socks or mitts, there will be two mystery runner-up prizes. I'm working on those this week.
I'm feeling better today and am looking forward to a fantastic 2012, with lots of quilting, knitting, fellowship, healthy living, and love! May your 2012 be a year of joy and prosperity!
December 2011 This month I was very sick with the flu. Got my first CAT scan (an awful experience) but thankfully I'm ok. It was a busy month at St. Gregory's getting ready for the Christmas season, but when Christmas finally arrived it was wonderful! I decorated my tree for the first time since 2006 and went ice skating on Christmas Day at the Little Ice Rink at Alameda Station...
and I knitted my twenty-first & twenty-second sock of 2011.
Win a pair of hand knit socks! Comment on this post with a memorable personal event for December to enter the giveaway.
This is the final YOSS post for 2011! Since accepting the Ravelry YOSS challenge last January I've knitted 22 socks or mitts, that's 11 pairs. Notice that I'm one pair short? Well I'll custom knit the final pair in January 2012 for the lucky person who wins this giveaway.
The giveaway will remain open until January 9, 2012. If you comment on EVERY YOSS post you will double your chances to win. So if you've been following all year now is the time to fill in any gaps. You can find all the YOSS posts here. Or simply comment on this post and you will be entered in the giveaway twice - once for each sock!
At the close of the giveaway I will fill out entry slips for all comments and put them in a hat. I'll post a video of the live drawing to announce the winner on January 15!
Thanks for all your support in my sock knitting adventure!
Thanksgiving 2011 I am thankful for my loving family, my dear old friends in NC, for new friends here in CA, my fantastic day job and co-workers at St. Gregory's. I am thankful for the natural beauty of California, for my healthy body, for plenty of food, for my very own shelter and studio, and for free time to imagine and make. I am thankful for a new romance, and for the deep friendship that has evolved from my past love. I am thankful for steady creative engagements, for my weekly Alameda knitting group, my online community of fellow bloggers and readers...
and the fact I've knitted my nineteenth & twentieth socks of 2011.
Win a pair of hand knit socks! Comment on this post with something you are thankful for to enter the giveaway.
Life is full these days! However all of this abundance in experience has created a shortage of knitting time. It was a push to finish these socks made of the beautifully colored Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball yarn in two months. So I've decided to let this pair count for October & November.
If you have followed my progress throughout the year and have commented on all the other YOSS posts, your thanksgiving comment on this post will count EIGHT times.
If you haven't entered the giveaway on previous posts, this is your best bet. Posting your thanksgiving comment below will gain you FOUR chances to win a pair of hand knit socks!
All YOSS posts are open for comments until the close of the giveaway on December 31, 2011. Leave a comment on every YOSS post in 2011 and you will have 48 chances to win! More info: YOSS2011 Giveaway.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! LIFE IS GOOD!
Just out ~ Hoopla, the Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain. I am pleased to report that my work is featured in this 400 page book on innovative embroidery. Hoopla contains in depth interviews with artists working in the medium along with fabulous DIY embroidery projects. Hoopla has it all! I'm so honored to be a part of it. One of my Tattoo Baby Dolls even made the back cover!
Last Thursday Leanne was in San Francisco promoting Hoopla at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art during their monthly Etsy craft bar. Lots of craft lovers were on hand to meet Leanne and participate in one of the stitching projects featured in her book, Photo Feelism. Check out Leanne's Hoopla website.
It was a lot of fun meeting Leanne. Not only was I lucky enough to be included in Hoopla, I won the night's door prize! Since I already have a large stash of embroidery floss I'm passing my prize along as a giveaway.
To enter leave a comment about anything related to the art of embroidery, such as your favorite stitch or the kinds of images you usually embroider. You can describe or link to something you've embroidered recently, or to something you've seen that someone else has embroidered, leave an embroidery tip, tell a story about someone you know who embroiders, or anything about your experience with embroidery. I'll leave comments open for the giveaway through Wednesday, October 19.
7.1-7.31.2011 Marched in the Penland 4th of July parade, hung out with my good friend, and awesome ceramic artist Veva Edelson (you have to check out her work), joined the gymn...
and knitted my thirteenth & fourteenth socks of 2011.
Share a personal highlight from JULY to enter the Year Of Stash Socks giveaway. You could win a pair of hand-knit socks!
For July I decided to knit the Fallberry Mitts pattern once again but as a sock this time. I used Pattons Stretch Sock Yarn in Sugar. I love the feel of this yarn but the lace knitting pattern was upstaged by the blotchy colorway. Live & learn!
From now until the end of the year I will be posting my YOSS socks once a month. If you comment on the monthly posts from June - December each of your comments will count twice towards a chance to win a pair of hand knit socks at the end of the year.
If you comment on EVERY YOSS post of 2011 you will be entered into the year-end giveaway 48 times. Subscribe to my YOSS RSS feed to view the complete list of posts.
6.1-6.30.2011 Goodbye party for a friend, traveled to the east coast, hung out with my sister, attended a church reunion at Christmount, taught at Penland!
and knitted the eleventh & twelfth (hand) sock of 2011.
Share a personal highlight from JUNE to enter the Year Of Stash Socks giveaway. You could win a pair of hand-knit socks! ~ Your entry on this YOSS post counts twice.
For June I decided to knit the Fallberry Mitts again as a high school graduation gift for my niece. I used a leftover, bamboo/wool blend, sock yarn.
I knit the entire first mitt on the plane flight to the east coast, but I didn't get any more knitting done until my return flight home. So technically I finished these mitts in July!
Aren't they beautiful? I'd like to keep these! And YES, I'm behind with my socks so bear with me please :)