Monday, April 16, 2018

Nobody's Perfect

I couldn’t be more pleased that there are two of my articles in the Spring 2018 issue of Spin Off magazine. My “Energized Cinder Blocks Cowl” is a featured project. And there’s my article, “3-D Effects with Energized Singles”.

I have truly enjoyed writing articles for Spin Off, ever since my first article was published in 2006 (“A Study in Zig. Six Energized-Singles Scarves” Spin Off, Spring 2006, pp58-64). I’m mean, who doesn’t like seeing their writing in print?

This time, however, there were some minor mistakes in the editing of a photo caption that resulted in a confusing explanation of my intentions. So, Anne Merrow, the editor of Spin Off graciously fixed those errors and made the revisions available on line for free. Thank you, Anne, and all of your editorial staff for your good work.

Click here to see my “7 tips for knitting with energized yarns”.

Click here to see the corrected version of my article, “3-D Effects with Energized Singles”.

Click here to see the charts for all the stitch patterns in my swatches.

Click here to purchase a copy of the Spring 2018 issue of Spin Off.

On that last "click here" you might also notice that I’ve got an article in the Winter 2017-2018 issue of Spin Off: “Mittens from the Mitten State”. And those mittens are on the cover!

I know it’s mid April, but here in northern Michigan, we are still experiencing winter, so I’ve been able to make good use of those mittens. They are sweet!!!

Friday, April 6, 2018

New Website, and Coming Out of My Shell

Well, folks, my fall and winter have been tough. Emotionally, financially, physically, and psychologically. So, I played the hermit. I’ve been quiet.

One specific I’ll share is that I had developed significant right elbow epicondylitis (aka “tennis elbow”) which forced me to rest my arm and not knit and not spin for well over 6 weeks. Torture! At least now all is well, elbow-wise, and I’m happily spinning and knitting again.

It’s time to force myself out of my shell.

Let me share some good news with you. I have a new website!

And a new business email address:

The back story: My original website was generated though Microsoft Office 360. But last year, they stopped supporting websites. So, I was unable to edit. Maybe you noticed that my list of “Upcoming Events” was woefully out of date. But no more!

With some invaluable help from my friend, Joan Watson. If you are interested in using her skills, check out her website:

Joan has some mad IT skills. She got me using Weebly to generate the website content and format. Weebly basic tools are free, by the way. And she helped move from the old website to the new website. And she helped extricate me from Microsoft. And she helped me deal with domain name issues.

Joan lives in Tucson. I live in northern Michigan. We communicated by phone and email and some other computer ways that I am not informed enough to explain. She made it all work beautifully.

On the Homepage, you will find “buttons” for

Resume: an up to date listing of my recent fiber teaching and publications

Upcoming Events: an up to date listing of places where I will be teaching and/or presenting

Workshops: descriptions of the spinning and knitting workshops that I offer

Gallery: a selection of yarns and knitted projects that I’ve created

Blog: a link to this blog

Contact: a page for contacting me by email 

In addition, on my homepage, you will find a link to my Ravelry knitting patterns.

So, check out my website. I’d love to hear what you think.