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All I want for Christmas is to not look at another sale banner...

So I’ve decided to put all of the things that pay my rent on one page.

It’s Black Friday/Small Biz Saturday/I-have-no-clue-what-they-call-it Sunday/Cyber Monday weekend.

You have gifts to buy! I have cool stuff for sale. That’s handy.

Here’s the rundown:

 

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The Badass Women’s Yarn Club DOES sell gift subscriptions! If you decide that you, in fact, are far more deserving of being a member of the yarn club that kicks ass, we will not judge you. We love you. If you sign up AND buy a gift subscription, then you are a saint, my friend.

 

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All Craftsy classes, including my Brioche knitting and Artemisia Sweater classes, are on sale for less than $20. You can also learn watercolor painting, Thai cooking, sewing, quilting, and possibly how to make flint arrowheads. I may have to check on that last one. You have unlimited access to classes, so you can watch classes whenever you like, as often as you like. It’s like having an expert instructor on call while you get to skip the vacuuming and stay in your pajamas, because learning is important, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. And unlike in-person classes, if you bring a bottle of wine while you learn on Craftsy, no one will give you the stink-eye (I make no guarantees for your family on this. That’s all on you).

 

Are you knitting holiday gifts? All of my patterns are on sale in my Ravelry shop for 30% off. No coupon code needed, just grab what you like. From personal gift knitting experience, the Fast Lane Mitts, Pavo Shawlette, Haven, and Petal Edge Scarf all make great gifts that knit up quickly and make great stashbusters.

 

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Knitters love sheep. This is a fact. I know, because I read it on Wikipedia once. Give the gift of psychedelic sheep on tote bags, notions cases, mugs, and more from my Redbubble shop. Want an original sheep painting? Contact me SOON to place an order for a custom painting in time for holiday delivery. Any breed, any color, on heavy paper stock, handpainted by yours truly.

Much gratitude in advance for any purchases you make from any of these sources, and of course, high fives for any purchases you make from small businesses and indie designers. We appreciate every dollar.

The yarn club that kicks ass

A few years ago, when I was running Kitchen Sink Dyeworks, I started a yarn club. When I closed down the dyeworks, ending the club was one of the saddest parts of the process. The Badass Women’s Yarn Club was one of the best, most rewarding projects I’ve ever been a part of.

AND NOW IT’S BACK.

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I’m teaming up with designer Miriam Felton and a slew of handdyers to bring back a new incarnation of the club for 2016.

Learn more and sign up here to snag your spot! Spaces are limited.

C'est la vie

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I’m writing this from the spare bedroom of my friends’ house, after spending a good chunk of the day packing and sorting clothing (often going: “WHY did I buy THIS? That’s SO unflattering!).

In the way that life tends to go, I’m in the middle of several challenging things at once. “When it rains, it pours,” may be the understatement of my decade.

I had a major bout of depression. Like, really, really MAJOR.

I went on a two week trip for work (it was AWESOME; my students rock).

I started college again at University of Alabama Birmingham; my first time back in school in 16 years.

I fell and injured my wrist badly enough to not be able to knit (for a while, I couldn’t type, draw, or write, either).

And then Tuesday I had a discussion with my husband and partner of almost 20 years.

We realized it was time to part ways. I moved out.

 

Weirdly enough, after the initial 48 hours of panic, rage, and anxiety: I feel ok. Relieved, even. 

 

Not that things aren’t going to completely suck for a while. But there’s a wonderful network of friends all over the country who have been supporting me since Tuesday. I had to take a sociology exam, in a hotel room, the night after this shit all went down, and I got an A. I’m honestly worried about money, but not full on panicking. Some people might consider this whole post to be an airing of my dirty laundry, but mainly what I’m trying to get across is that we’re all human. Sometimes things go to hell in the proverbial handbasket. It did, and I’m intensely grateful for my local Birmingham friends, and the AMAZING people I’ve connected with through the knitting world.

They have been encouraging, caring, and funny (sometimes darkly funny, but I needed that). They’ve offered their homes, their food, bourbon, humor, networking skills, and most of all, they’ve listened. Knitters are good people.

The world isn’t such a scary place after all.

In the middle of all this, I also released a new pattern. If you like brioche knitting, this one will be a fun twist on your existing skills. If you haven’t tried brioche knitting yet, it’s not that difficult (although, yeah, it is a little weird). And stay tuned, next week I’m releasing a sheep-tastic, shiny new thing. 

 

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Rushton is a two-color brioche knit cowl, originally released through the Indigo Dragonfly Smart-Ass Knitters Club.

$7.00, Ravelry PDF download

Two-color brioche ribbing creates a lush, textural, colorful, and reversible fabric in this close-fitting cowl. A band of contrasting brioche ribs slants from right to left along the full length of the cowl, and shows equally strikingly on the reverse side of the fabric.

FINISHED SIZE: Approximately 28cm (11”) deep, 53.5 cm (21”) circumference

YARN: DK weight yarn, approx. 250 yds ea of two colors, MC and CC.

NEEDLES: US size 3.25 mm/US size 3 16” circular needle.

Adjust needle size as needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE: 20 sts & 28 rnds over 10 cm/4” in two-color brioche rib, worked in the round.

NOTIONS: Stitch markers:
1 locking/removeable,
5 additional markers
(4 x 1 colour, 1 different colour), tapestry needle.

SKILLS: Knitting, purling,
basic brioche stitches, brioche
shaping.

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