Another first (and I hope to see you there)!

March 12, 2014

Yarn Cupboard Retreat – April 25th – 27th, 2014

Very few of you know this, but when I was in college I trained to be an elementary school teacher! I have often said that this was the most useful experience of my career. I did not, however, expect to be standing in front of a group of students again, but come April 25 – 27th, I will be teaching 3 classes as part of the Yarn Cupboard’s Fiber Arts Retreat.

The retreat is held at Christ the King Retreat and Conference Center in Syracuse, New York. You can come for the entire retreat, part of the retreat or just come for some or all of the classes.

On Saturday, April 26th I will be teaching Knitting a Successful Sweater, a class designed to help you make the most of a written pattern covering topics including how to chose which size to knit, picking an appropriate yarn for what you want to accomplish, working gauge (yes, this means knitting a swatch) and really using all of the directions provided. We will be using one of my patterns, prosecco, as an example for the class.

In the afternoon on April 26th I will be teaching Becoming a knit-wear designer (It’s a lot more than knitting) or Things I wish I knew BEFORE I published my first pattern. The class will ponder some topics which I hadn’t really thought a lot about before I embarked on my knitwear design career, but certainly have since and continue to virtually every day:

  • What is my product – a design, a pattern, a technique or skill?
  • Who do I want sell to – a magazine, a yarn company, a knitter?
  • How do I want to present my product – layout, photo shoots, graphic design, website?
  • What price should I charge (can I make money doing this and what are the costs) – per pattern, per design, per sample, per class?
  • Where and how will my product be promoted/ distributed – on line, hard copy
  • What are the few things I need to have in place to be successful – style sheet, sloper, tech editor, test knitters?
  • What does all of this mean for how I will set up my business and spend my days?

On April 27th the last class will be Knitting for Baby featuring my collection of baby sweaters VERSACIKNITS textured baby suite, where we will examine how variations in texture, sweater type and collar treatment can transform a basic baby sweater into a fabulous little knit.

In addition, there are many other great teachers coming, including (teachers bios here):

  • Maggie Jackson of Maggiknits, Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs,
  • Jill Draper of Jill Draper Makes Stuff yarns,
  • Sandi Wiseheart,
  • Kate Gagnon Osborn & Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens distributors of Fibre Company Yarns,
  • Lisa Merian of Spinner’s Hill,
  • Beth Coye and Emily Giraudin of Yarn Cupboard,
  • Jennifer VanValcar of Holiday Yarns and
  • Marcela Hanford.

You can contact Yarn Cupboard  at (315) 399-5148  or email for more information or to make a reservation. And you can email me at, if you have questions about my classes.

Hope to see you there!


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