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Thu 13 Dec 2018 01:12pm

Whew! What a wild year it’s been! I’m going to tell some of my stories in the new year, so stay tuned.

In the meantime I’ve got a couple of fun things to announce. My Sunflower Mittens are now out as an individual pattern. They were originally designed as part of Beatrice Peron Dahlen’s gorgeous book Maine Knits. The idea for the flower shape was inspired in part by a border element in a large cross-stitch panel that my Norwegian Great Grandmother stitched. It’s the only piece we have of hers.                                                       

Find the Sunflower Mittens pattern on Ravelry. I have to make myself a new pair since I lost the sample. I’m going to make the new ones with red flowers. 

Sunflower Mittens Details:

Yarn Nash Island Light (100% Maine island Wool;175 yds / 160 m per 100g)                                                                                                          1 skein in Driftwood or 160 yds / 146 m in MC                                         1 skein in Finch or 28 yds / 25.5 m in CC of worsted weight yarn                                                                                                                                      Starcroft Fiber Mill just got some new Nash Island Light Yarn! Better be quick! it goes fast!

Needles
US 7/4.5 mm DPNs , US 5/3.75mm DPNs; or size to obtain gauge

Gauge 
11 sts and 11 rnds to 2″ / 5 cm in colorwork pattern on larger needles, after blocking

Besides her gorgeous knitwear designs and book, you might remember Beatrice for her  insightful post on the true cost of what goes into the making of a knitting pattern, an important read.  She has a new podcast that you should definitely check out.

You may know Franklin Habit‘s  friend Dolores Van Hoofen. I was lucky to host her for a wee visit this fall. I made her a sporty toboggan hat for her winter pursuits. I’ve heard Dolores is a little on the wild side, but she was demure and a calm during her time at my house, but oh my, she went wild later when she hit the slopes! 

The hat, paired with a jaunty striped scarf is available as the Dolores #5 Huggy Hygge Winter Accessories Kit at Webs. You can get the pattern for your own Dolores at the same place!

Squam –  11 – 15 September 2019 

I’m teaching at Squam Arts Workshops again, this time in the Fall. Oh boy is it going to be gorgeous! I might go early and do a little hiking in the area. The picture on the left is from the top of the nearby hill, overlooking Squam Lake, and on the right is the cabin I stayed in.

I’ll be teaching a Squam-ishious version of my Multiplicity class, this time we’ll make darling tiny fair isle socks. I think the fall is a time for looking inward and preparing for winter, and a relaxing weekend in the hills of New Hampshire is just the thing to settle into the season. Plus, there are new friends to be made and new things to learn! These little socks might be fun to keep experimenting with and and maybe collect as ornaments.

For more details visit Squam Arts Retreats.

Hope to see you there!

Consult my classes pages to see what I’m up to in 2019. I’ll be adding new dates as soon as I’m allowed to announce!                                   

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Off The Grid

Thu 09 Aug 2018 05:08pm

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Hello Friends!
Just a note to let you know that I’ll be off the grid for ten days in August beginning on the 10th. So if I seem super silent – Not To Worry! I’ll be back in my usual haunts of Instagram, Facebook and here too…though I have been lax.

I’ll be teaching at the Wool Scouts Retreat in at a remote camp in Northern Maine, two sessions that I’ve been looking forward to all year, we had so much fun last time! There is no cell phone service, Wifi or even electricity in our cabins! HEAVEN!

In addition, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that I look forward to sharing with you some time soon!
Happy Summer!
Or Happy Winter if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere!
oxo
MJ

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Shetland in July

Fri 06 Jul 2018 11:07am

July means Shetland for me this year! Beautiful Shetland! Above you see St. Ninian’s Isle, connected to Mainland Shetland by the UK’s largest tombolo. St. Ninian’s is one of my favorite places to take a walk. We are blessed with stunning weather so far. Shetland is a WiFi challenged location, but I’ll try and defy the odds!
Tomorrow I visit Fair Isle with a few friends who are helping me with a secret project. Subscribers of my newsletter will get the first details, so sign up if you’re inclined!

Knit Stars Special Offer!
Production has started for Knit Stars 3.0 and I can’t WAIT to share my lesson with you! I’m developing some of the content while I’m over here in Shetland. November is still a ways off, though, so if you can’t wait and want a some fresh inspiration and fantastic instruction RIGHT NOW, you can get a special deal on Knit Stars 1.0 and 2.0 for the next week! Click  HERE  for more info and to see who’s teaching what. Offer ends July 12th.

Summer also means small project knitting. I’ll be making a hat while I’m here because I forgot to bring one and I already needed one last evening! What’s your favorite summer knitting project?

Weston Beanie

Maritime Mitts

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Springtime in Maine

Tue 01 May 2018 05:05pm

The days are getting warmer…at least some of the time! That means outdoor adventures that can finally include knitting without fear of frozen fingers. Last weekend I visited Arrowsic Island, home of Squirrel Point Light, an easy day trip from Portland. After a ramble down a long dirt road it’s an easy hike out to the light on the Kennebec River. Walk a little further for fantastic views from Bald Head. We watched hunting ospreys and bald eagles nesting.

If you haven’t already, sign up for my Newsletter! I’ll have special offers and that’s the only way to get them!

Although the earlybird rates are over, you can still sign up for Knit Stars. The team will be visiting me here in Maine, I’m hoping to take you to some of my favorite places to knit! Places that inspire me and where I get my best ideas.Use this link: https://knitstars.mykajabi.com/a/4441/nntkGo6u

Where is your favorite springtime place to knit?

My Maritime Mitts are perfect for this weather! Find them on Ravelry – Just click the pic!

 

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