Industry Insight

Thoughts, information and reviews related to our professional life

Advice for the Yarn Industry

Filed in Industry Insight by on May 24, 2016 9 Comments
Advice for the Yarn Industry

(Back again with another giveaway post is our assistant, Jess!) As you know, here at this blog we’ve always believed that there’s never just one way to do something. As part of that philosophy, we value the opinions of our readers and have really enjoyed it when you chime in to give voice to the […]

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Where to Find Kellie

Filed in Industry Insight, Out of Our Head by on April 25, 2016 0 Comments
Where to Find Kellie

We’ve spent this month saying goodbye to this venue, but don’t worry, Gwen and I aren’t going away! Here is some of what the future holds for me, Kellie. Remember to pin or bookmark this post so you can find the links later on.

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Skirt Inspiration

Filed in Industry Insight by on March 24, 2016 2 Comments
Skirt Inspiration

Right now all that is on my mind and needles are skirts. I am 80% done with the latest leftover skirt. I am also swatching for a new design for Skacel for their next Magalog (sign-up for their newsletter so you don’t miss it). I need to order yarn from Louet for one of several […]

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Teaching and Learning in Person

Filed in Industry Insight by on March 10, 2016 0 Comments
Teaching and Learning in Person

Tomorrow I head out to teach and one of my very favorite events, the Weekend Away in Cambria, CA hosted by the Ball and Skein and More yarn shop. It is a favorite for many reasons, but mostly for the people I get to spend the weekend with. Teaching online is great, as it gives access […]

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Knitted Knockers

Filed in Industry Insight, Out of Our Head by on February 22, 2016 0 Comments
Knitted Knockers

This weekend I had the privilege of working with Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel to photograph some very special designer submissions up for auction. Here, go take a look. Yes. Knitted Knockers. Have you heard of this organization? They provide soft, light, knitted breast prosthetics for mastectomy patients. And they do it for free. At STITCHES […]

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Lace and Genius

Filed in Industry Insight, Skill Building by on February 8, 2016 3 Comments
Lace and Genius

I’m pretty open about the fact that I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman. Do you know her? If not, you might find her approach interesting. You might not, and that’s okay. About Elizabeth Zimmerman being influential and unique in her approach, Gwen agrees, but she doesn’t have the same fangirl response to EZ’s words or her designs […]

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The Yarn Community Needs Your Opinion!

Filed in Industry Insight by on January 28, 2016 2 Comments
The Yarn Community Needs Your Opinion!

Every three years, TNNA (our industry association) conducts a survey regarding our industry. It is time for that survey once again and we are looking for feedback not only from professionals, but consumers and fiber enthusiasts just like you! Please take ten minutes to complete the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fiberarts16, and become […]

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What’s New for Us

Filed in Industry Insight by on January 21, 2016 0 Comments
What’s New for Us

As Kellie and I spent a few days together before TNNA, we asked ourselves the question what, if anything, were we going to do next? It is a simple question that rarely has a simple answer. But before we got in the car to begin our journey down south, we had an answer.  

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More from TNNA

Filed in Industry Insight by on January 14, 2016 0 Comments
More from TNNA

Although Kellie headed back home from TNNA late on Monday, I did not return until late last night. As a Board Member, I stay for a few additional days after the show for our Board Meeting. For those of you who have volunteered for boards, you know that this can be excellent knitting time. Due […]

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Hello from TNNA

Filed in Industry Insight, Point of View by on January 11, 2016 0 Comments
Hello from TNNA

I am writing you today from the floor of the market at TNNA, the meeting of The National NeedleArts Association. I’m in beautiful downtown San Diego, but have been inside the convention center or on the sidewalk between there and the hotel. We can see the ocean from our hotel room, but mostly we’ve been […]

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