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Donna DruchunasNew York City born Donna Druchunas lives in the region with her husband, mother and three cats. As a child she learned many crafts from the women in her life including knitting, crochet, rug-hooking, embroidery, and sewing. Like many she took a break from crafting, hers lasting 25 years.

Cover image of Arctic Lace by Donna DruchunasFor 20 years she worked as a writer, designer and creative servies manager in a variety of industries from large industry to small business and even military training facilities. These jobs strengthened her skills in technical writing and creative services. Eventually she broke away from corporate culture and combined her interest in knitting with her skill in writing easy-to-follow instructions. Her designs and features have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and the pattern lines of a variety of yarn companies. She has also authored six knitting books, including the award winning Arctic Lace.

Cover image of Successful Lace Knitting by Donna DruchunasDonna’s latest book, Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade, will be released on May 10th. The book contains more than 25 knitting patterns from many top designers, each pattern using lace stitches designed by Dorthy Reade. This book is more than a pattern book though. It is also a biography of Dorthy Reade who is considered by many the mother of modern lace knitting. There is also a section designed to take the mystery out of reading charts and knitting lace.

We are excited to welcome Donna to the shop on May 8th from 10am – 4pm for her Lace 1-2-3 workshop where she will take you through the ins and outs of knitting lace, including reading charts. The workshop is $65 + supplies. Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited so call or stop in soon to sign up!

You can connect with Donna in any of the following locations:

Her Six Knitting Books

  • The Knitted Rug
  • Acrtic Lace
  • Ethnic Knitting Discovery
  • Kitty Knits
  • Ethnic Knitting Exploration
  • Successful Lace Knitting

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The cover image from The Pleasures of Knitting
Author and knitwear designer, Ann McCauley, learned to knit from her mother as a child. While touring Europe as a professional dancer her interest intensified as she observed knitters all around her. In 1980 she began designing sweaters, focusing on classic lines and strong textural stitches with crisp and smooth fibers. She has written two books, The Pleasures of Knitting and Together or Separate: Knitting the New Twinset. Both include many contemporary yet classic sweater designs. The second one focuses on two (or three) coordinating pieces which may or may not be the traditional shell and cardigan combo one thinks of when seeing the term “twinset.” The coordinating patterns can be knit and worn together or as stand alone pieces. There is a good review of it at The Independent Stitch.

On Tuesday, May 4 we are excited to welcome Ann to the shop. There will be a free trunk show where you can see the designs from her books for yourself from 4-5pm. Following the trunk show, Ann will be teaching a class on Movement for Knitters from 5-7pm for $30. In that class you will learn a variety of techniques to keep your body happy despite the repetitive movements of knitting.

“An awareness of alignment, body mechanics, self-help hand care and pressure points is covered in Movement for Knitters that gives us many, many tools for being able to comfortably knit as much as we would like to.  Dare I say even a little obsessively for some of us.  I try to give as many tools as possible in class because I recognize that different things work for different people and I encourage knitters to stay connected to the ones that work for them.  The ‘icing on the cake’ is that nothing in our bodies is an isolated event so we inevitably end up supporting even more than our knitting with these awarenesses and tools.”

Ann has a bachelor’s degree in dance therapy and a masters in dance in addition to having had a long career as a performing modern dancer. The physical strains of being a performing dancer inevitably leads one to also study body movement and mechanics and seek out body work. She has found Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese modality that focuses on pressure points, to be most effective for her and began practicing it in 1986. For over 20 years Ann has brought her knowledge of movement to a wide variety of people, including 14 years of teaching at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, and 20 years at The National Theatre Conservatory in Denver for a 3 year MFA program for actors.

The cover image from Together of Separate: Knitting the New TwinsetAfter having published two books so quickly Ann is enjoying focusing on single designs. In addition to her books she has designed for Louet and will have several patterns appearing in future issues of Knitter’s Magazine, including the soon to be out Summer issue. On of the perks according to Ann is “getting to meet way more knitters and visit way more yarn shops than I ever could have anticipated.” You can learn more about Ann’s design background and philosophy in a blog interview conducted by Donna Druchunas.

So let’s show Ann how great our shop is! Stop in for the free trunk show from 4-5pm and sign up for her class so you can better care for your body when knitting. Stop by or call to sign-up. Space is limited to 10 students!

If you are taking her class, please bring with you any current project in progress, and paper and pen for notetaking. Handouts are included, but Knitting Together or Separate is recommended and will be available for purchase at the shop.

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Author photo of Colorado artist, Joanna Johnson.A New Jersey native, Joanna Johnson and her husband moved to Colorado in 1999 for the sunshine and drier climate and haven’t looked back. Together they have started an independent publishing company called Slate Falls Press. This spring marks the first released publication, Phoebe’s Sweater which was written by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband.

“Phoebe’s Sweater was inspired by our daughter and the time I spent knitting her a jacket while I was pregnant with our second child. When I finished the sweater she was playing in the sprinkler and it was in Phoebe's Sweater Book Coverthe midst of summer’s heat. I called her over to try it on, and at that moment, something seemed so poignant about everything- her carefree playfulness, my pregnancy, the coming changes in the seasons and in our family… it was a very rich moment and inspired the whole story from there.“ Included in the book are patterns for the sweater, a Phoebe doll and a doll-sized sweater to match. The book is sure to make a great gift for a special child with a knitter in their life.

A curly hair little girl proudly models Phoebe's SweaterJoanna comes from a long line of knitters and has her mother and grandmother to thank for her love of knitting today. Like many she relearned as a young adult. Joanna also enjoys sewing and quilting and exploring the wide world of fiber arts, including spinning and weaving with her daughter who also has the “fiber bug.”

Joanna and Eric live in Loveland with their three children. Phoebe travels the world and blogs about her adventures and teaches children about fiber arts, culture and geography.

Come meet Joanna on April 24th from 11am-1pm at the shop for a book singing!

You can connect with Joanna and Phoebe on-line at any of the following:
Joanna’s Website
Phoebe’s Blog
Joanna on Ravelry
Slate Falls Press Group on Ravelry
Joanna on Twitter
Slate Falls Press on Facebook

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We are having a great sale for Black Friday and Saturday —- the entire store will be 20 % OFF!

With a donation of a hand knit item for Crossroads Safehouse yarn can be purchased at 40 % OFF! 2 DAYS ONLY. Please remember Crossroads is really in need of hats and gloves/fingerless mitts for adult women.

No customer appreciation cards will be punched durning this SALE. No yarn will be wound durning these 2 busy days.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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KnitWear 2009

This Sunday here in Fort Collins is the annual KnitWear Fiber Arts Extravaganza at the Lincoln Center in the Canyon West Ballroom from 11am-4pm. There is an entrance fee of $5 ($3 for students and free for under 11). Once inside there are tables for KIP/CIP with your friends and free demos/classes until 2:15. A 3:30 come watch a Community Fashion Show or arrive by 2pm with your favorite project and be a part of fashion show!

There will also be a variety of vendors. We will have a double booth with Designedly, Kristi, Vicki Square will be there as will Brown Sheep and many others. There are frequent door prizes as well. Also don’t miss the Loose Ends exhibit in the gallery while you are there.

Check out http://www.fcgov.com/lctix/galleries-events.php#knitwear for all the details, including demo schedule and participating vendors.

We hope to see you there on Sunday!

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My Second Self

There is still time to sign up for the Duct Tape Dressform workshop this Saturday! The wrapping starts at 9am! My own dressform is on display in the shop (and pictured above). You can read a bit more about it on my own blog as well as see a few more pictures there.

It will be too late for this current workshop, but also be sure to stop by KnitWear at the Lincoln Center here in Fort Collins on Sunday. Both of us will be in attendance!

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Fun Was Had By All!

2009 Tour de Fat Mosaic

Many thanks to everyone who made it out on Saturday morning to take in the sights of the parade. We had a great time watching all the clever costuming and tricked out bikes and hope you did to. Thanks also to those brave souls who fought the traffic oddities of the morning to come and shop with us.

HadleyIt was also a joy to meet Kate’s daughter-in-law and the beautiful 9 month old granddaughter who was just full of smiles (despite teething no less)!

You can click on the links below to see any of the above photos larger.

1. Coming At You!, 2. Tank, 3. Prison Convoy, 4. Tall Bicycle Built For 2, 5. Synchronized Swimmers, 6. Tiny Wheels, 7. Wheelie, 8. Smiling Woopie Cushion, 9. Boogie Giraffe, 10. Septocycle, 11. Parade Rolls Down Mountain Ave, 12. Watching the Parade

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