Saturday, November 9, 2013

Service and Sacrifice: A Veteran's Day Promotion


Veteran's Day has come to mean more to me over the past several years than it did when I was younger. When I was growing up, people joined the military to gain skills and pay for college. That changed in 2001. Now I meet, work out with, and work with people my age and younger who have returned from combat.  Reflecting on this, my life seems very easy, even when it's a lot of work. And I feel a little bit spoiled, a little bit helpless, and a little bit overwhelmed.

Because I want to do something more than feel grateful to everyone who's served on Veteran's Day, I'll be donating ALL the proceeds from the sales of all my self-published patterns to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit created to honor and empower wounded members of the armed forces, on Veteran's Day and for the following week (that's November 11 through 15). All of them, including the ebooks. You can see them all here:

In addition, on November 11, I'm republishing Lost Highway, a design that was initially published in Craftsanity magazine, as an individual pattern. The proceeds from Lost Highway will ALWAYS go to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

I have some fabulous friends in the fiber world who have offered to support this promotion by donating PRIZES! On Saturday, November 16, I'll draw names from EVERYONE who has purchased ANY of my patterns during the week to determine the winners of these awesome yarns:

First, Four skeins of Shepherd's Wool worsted from Stonehedge Fiber Mill, in the colors I used to make the original Lost Highway: Midnight Lake, Spring Green, Black, and White. This is Midnight Lake, which I LOVE:

This yarn is AMAZING, and the mill is in northern Michigan, about two and a half hours from where I grew up. 

Second, a skein of Skinny Bugga! from Cephalopod Yarns in any currently available color. Check them out here. How about Spanish Shawl? I have a design coming out in this colorway in the next two weeks!

Third, a skein of Chromium and a skein of Loft from Neighborhood Fiber Co in colors of your choice. Perfect for making an Iodine cowl (I'll include the pattern), or whatever you like.

If you've considered purchasing one of my patterns or ebooks, now is the best time to do it. You'll get a great pattern and the money you spend will go straight to some heroes who need it. THANKS, EVERYONE!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Louise and Linear Systems

Louise has been putting in some hours at the Neighborhood Fiber Co. studio over the past few weeks in preparation for upcoming shows! Never again will she say "Hey, just make kits for that project!" because she now understands the amount of labor that goes into producing a lot of little skeins (winding, hanking, tagging, bagging).

Last week involved a transition from Neighborhood Fiber Co. outfit

to Louise uniform for working at a fancy dinner at a temple in the Baltimore suburbs. Shabbat shalom!

Kol ha kavod, Louise.

In case you missed it (I nearly did), I have a new FREE pattern available from Spud & Chloe, Linear Systems:

It's knit in Spud & Chloe Fine (check out the colors! I love working with Spud & Chloe!). I wish I had a modeled photo, but this will have to do for now. It was inspired by some images of textbook covers in the book Iron Curtain Graphics:

The busyness continues around here. Next up: a post about Vogue Knitting Live Chicago and a Veterans Day promotion.