Thursday, January 5, 2012

What a Year, What a Past Month, and Free Pattern!

So I guess I am late with the great things that have happened to me this past year.  I will try to be brief in mentioning them by the month for 2011.  I will also include a link to my latest scarf pattern at the end of the post.  Here we go:

January:  Took it slow this month after a marathon of knitting to get my first design in the mail for publication.  It is available now from Skacel Collection in a book form with other patterns called Simplicity Volume 3: Men's.  It is a beanie, scarf, and fingerless mitts, all completely reversible and visible on the cover of the book.  My wife and I enjoyed a weekend at a working horse farm in Tappahannock, VA.  I designed the Clydesdale Cowl while we were there.

February and March:  Knitting and Planning for the first Keeping You in Stitches retreat.

April:  I participate in Alpaca Shearing at Beech Springs Alpacas.  I learn a great deal and buy a share of the shearing.  At the end of Easter Week, my wife and I, along with Claudia Morris, owner of Southern Purls, held the first ever Knitting Retreat in Murfreesboro, NC.  We had 5 attendees and a great time.

May:  The end of the school year/ Testing allowed us only knitting time. 

June:  Vacation arrives!  One of my favorite shops had a fabulous sale and I went on a great yarn shopping excursion.

July:  Family vacation and news that another pattern was to be published!  The Shifting Sands Scarf and Mitts set was published in the Love of Knitting Winter issue and is available now!

August:  Another pattern!  Love of Knitting Magazine will publish the Rustic Herringbone belt in the first issue of 2012!  Oh, and I officially became over the hill.

September:  School is back in session.  Knitting in the evening relaxes me.  It is going to be a long school year.

October:  I meet Sally Melville.  For a belated birthday present I got to take 3 classes with Sally in Virginia Beach.  I started my first Fair Isle project, a hat for myself.

November:  A long six months of planning comes to fruition as the first ever South East Men's Knitting Retreat is held in Cleveland, SC.  We had 16 men attend from Georgia, Virginia, SC, and NC.  We are all looking forward to an even longer retreat next year.
The week after the retreat My wife and I participated in an annual Bazaar.  We made a nice chunk of money and decided to begin our own finished project business.

December:  Since the Bazaar we have had non-stop orders for knitted and crocheted items.  We have been able to start an account for our business and will be able to attend several fiber events in the new year!  We are looking forward to a very successful 2012.

And here is the link to the free pattern!

Garter Stripes Scarf Pattern

Enjoy the free pattern and Happy 2012!

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