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Our goal is to teach beginning knitters some tricks of the trade as well as to work enough swatches to have a finished afghan by the end of the year! Join along with us as we learn about patterns, cables, lace, and some other handy techniques! A new pattern will become available each month ranging from newbie to adventurous. So stop on by, pick your pattern and knit along with us!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy 2013!

Hi Friends and welcome to another year of knitting!

I knew it had been a while since I had written, but I really didn't realize how long it had been- apparently I really got lost in the "holiday hurricane" (feel free to use that term as needed)!

I am so excited for this new year of knitting.  I can hardly believe that this will be our third year- the time has flown by!

NUMBER 1: The Books
I have the book list for the upcoming year.  There are some great (I hope) books on this list that I am looking forward to reading.  You'll be able to find this list, as well as the last two years' book lists, under the "Book List" Tab at the top of the page.  Books will be announced at the beginning of each month and I'll update links as we go through the year.

January- Giant George: Life With The World's Biggest Dog by Dave Nasser
February- The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
March- Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
April- Postmistress by Sarah Blake
May- Buddah In The Attic by Julie Otsuka
June- Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simpson
July- Defending Jacob by William Landay
August- Follow The River by James Alexander Thom
September- In the Garden of Beasts- Erik Larson
October- TBA
November- Wild: From Lost To Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
December- Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Suggested Alternate: The Faith Club by Warner, Oliver, Idliby

January's book is Giant George: Life With The World's Biggest Dog by Dave Nasser
With his big blue eyes and soulful expression, George was the irresistible runt of the litter. But Dave and Christie Nasser's "baby" ended up being almost five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds. Eager to play, and boisterous to the point of causing chaos, this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone.

GIANT GEORGE is the charming story of how this precocious puppy won Dave and Christie's hearts and along the way became a doggie superstar. In 2010, George was named by Guinness World Records as the Tallest Dog in the World-ever. He appeared on Oprah, and even has his own global fan club. But to Dave and Christie, this extraordinary animal is still their beloved pet, the one who has made them laugh, made them cry, and continues to make them incredibly happy.

-From Amazon's Book Store

NUMBER 2: The Knitting
2013 is going to be a little bit different than the last couple of years.  There has been a bunch of requests for patterns incorporating color, and I am planning on doing that along with a couple of texture/ cable/ lace patterns thrown in.  There is a bit of a caveat though.  Some color-work lends itself better to knitting in the round.  So, while there will be some squares, there will also be some other projects sprinkled in along the way.  While my blogging and square-knitting has gone on a bit of a knitting hiatus these past few months, my design brain has been going nuts coming up with some great ideas for you.  I won't guarantee that you'll get one pattern each month, but know that I am planning on offering up plenty for you to work on- and I hope you'll enjoy it!

NUMBER 3: Our First Project
On that note, I have been working away on our very first project for 2013 for some time now.  I've designed a MYSTERY KNIT-A-LONG to kick off the new year.  The first clue will be up on January 16th (my birthday!) and will carry on for about 3 weeks (or so).  There will be more information including what yarn to pick, needles to use, and gauge to knit on the blog around the 9th.  So come back and join us for our MYSTERY KNIT-A-LONG!

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