Industry Insight

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Dissecting the Process

Filed in Industry Insight, Point of View, Skill Building by on December 28, 2015 0 Comments
Dissecting the Process

It’s time to start looking over my class catalog and refresh handouts, rethink the way classes are packaged, and make changes if necessary. I plan to propose more to teach this coming year and I want to make sure I have the best product possible.  One of my favorite parts of designing a class is […]

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Tool Love for Travel

Filed in Industry Insight, Out of Our Head by on December 21, 2015 0 Comments
Tool Love for Travel

Let’s face it. For some knitters, the tools are as wonderful as the yarns and patterns. How do you feel about your tools? Do you need to have the same ones with you all the time or do you collect them and change them occasionally? For years I have used the same basic collection for […]

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War and Peace and Knitting

Filed in Industry Insight, Out of Our Head by on December 7, 2015 0 Comments
War and Peace and Knitting

74 Years ago today, at the very hour that I’m writing this, the Japanese military machine was in the last moments of preparation before attacking Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, Hawaii. By the end of that day, word of the human and strategic losses would spread around the world and lead to the US entering World War 2.

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Traveling Times and Inspiration Found

Filed in Industry Insight, Just Stitches, Point of View by on November 2, 2015 0 Comments
Traveling Times and Inspiration Found

Last week I was in Omaha, Nebraska visiting a friend. She is one of the many I’ve helped learn to knit over the years, and she is a total inspiration to me because she took the basic skills I taught her and really ran with them.

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Adventures in Stranded Knitting

Filed in Industry Insight, Out of Our Head, Skill Building by on October 19, 2015 0 Comments
Adventures in Stranded Knitting

I’m pretty excited about the patterns we’re debuting this month. Gwen wrote about her design here, and wowza, did her skirt-that-started-as-a-sweater turn out beautifully. I just love it. Skirts really are a great way to wear knits, and stranded-knit skirts have the advantage of greater fabric stability than other knit fabrics. Do consider it. You can […]

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Spinzilla: The Dabbler’s Attempt

Filed in Industry Insight, Point of View, Skill Building by on October 12, 2015 0 Comments
Spinzilla: The Dabbler’s Attempt

This past week, I participated in a worldwide event called Spinzilla. It is organized by The Spinning and Weaving Group of The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), which is an organization that supports the people who provide materials and instruction for needleartists of all kinds. It is described thusly: Spinzilla is a global event where teams and […]

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Dealing With Dye Lots

Filed in Industry Insight, Skill Building by on October 5, 2015 2 Comments
Dealing With Dye Lots

Today I finished my 4th UFO for my Nifty Fifty initiative, which is to finish 50 dormant projects before my next birthday. My birthday was about 5 weeks ago, so I’m a bit behind, but this took two weeks for me to finish, partly because of an unexpectedly large apple harvest at our house, and […]

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But It Was Supposed to Be a Sweater

Filed in Industry Insight, Just Stitches by on October 1, 2015 0 Comments
But It Was Supposed to Be a Sweater

When knitters first try their hand at designing from scratch there is often an unfounded belief that whatever concept is in their mind will “easily” become a finished piece.  And this might be the case for a while, but eventually your knitting will surprise you. Such has been the case for the design I have […]

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All Knitting Has a Story

Filed in Industry Insight, Out of Our Head by on September 28, 2015 0 Comments
All Knitting Has a Story

Sometimes things come up in bunches and it’s a reminder to pay more attention. For me right now, that thing is the intersection of history and knitting. A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me the link to this knitty.com article from 4 years ago. I can’t believe I missed it at the time. I […]

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The Power of Team

Filed in Industry Insight by on September 3, 2015 0 Comments
The Power of Team

If you have ever tried to go it alone, you know there are some challenges with working in this manner. By the same token, employees can be a challenge, too! Even so, over many years and experience in a variety of scenarios I have decided that working with a team is a much more effective way […]

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