Home at last!

I just came back last week after spending 3 weeks in Florida with my family and in-laws.  I love Florida very much but that long with no personal space starts to make me a little crazy :-)  I feel like my head is awash with half formed ideas and plans that make me feel as though I’m just going to burst.

The first week of our holiday was spend listening to the howling of tropical storm Debby.  I have to tell you that beach condos are not very weather proof and it sounded like the wind was going to remove our sliding door.  It made the next few weeks of sunshine extra fun though as we had the memory of so much wind and rain.  Over the next few weeks my youngest learned to swim, we all went kayaking (got to tell you blisters and salt water don’t mix!) and did some drumming on the beach….

On the last weekend of my holiday I did a trunk show at the local yarn store A Good Yarn.  Cos no holiday is complete without a trunk show!  If anyone every gets a chance to pass through Sarasota it’s well worth a visit.  They’ve got a huge selection of yarn and patterns and half of the store is devoted to tables and sofas for you just to hang out and knit in.  I was very jealous that we didn’t have a store like this in Cork so if anyone wants to start one up I’d happily camp out in the corner :-)  I also got my mitts on a pair of Signature needles for the first time – I think I might be in love, although it could prove pricy!

While I was gone a whole lot of stuff seemed to happen in the background – first my Celtic Cable and Short Row classes went live on Craftsy.  I’m having an awful lot of fun talking with knitters on my Celtic Cables class and there is already some who have finished the body!  In the next few weeks I’m putting together a blog tour for my Celtic Cables class so that you can learn a little more about the class, me and the whole process of the class.

As well as my classes the Ravi KAL second clue was released and the knitters on the Ravelry board are talking up a storm.  Most knitters seem to be making their own modifications in the body some for the first time, I couldn’t have envisioned this KAL going better than it is!

The final big knitting event that happened while I was gone was the release of Knitscene Fall 2012.  I have two patterns in this issue:

Prudence Pullover

Prudence Pullover

Bridget Hoodie

Bridget Hoodie

I will post again with more details on these two designs but for now you’ll just have to make do with the pretty pictures :-)

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