🎈 'just back from a week driving down the coastline of Wales. The countryside was greener than green and flowers were flashing their beauty, as it is the height of the season after all. Sheep were everywhere, speckling hillsides, through miles upon miles of driving . However, I saw no one hand knitting and virtually no wool yarn; the yarn on offer in 'wool shops' was primarily acrylic. Why so many sheep and no fabulous wool?! A weaver at one of the mills provided some insight. 👉🏼 He maintained that, wool yarn is just too expensive for many Welsh people to use...also the wool that is produced by Welsh sheep is coarse and used most often for rugs and upholstery. That said, lamb is found on just about every menu. Sheep outnumber the 3 million Welsh population 🐑 🐑🐑
No matter, It was a lovely few days to get away from the turmoil of the world....
👰🏼Next up, my eldest daughter is getting married at month's end. Emma & John truly seem made for each other...the anticipation is building....we can't wait!
🤡 New bolster pattern is out💥 & for sale on ravelry.com. Customized it with your favorite acronyms 😝...mine is 'IAS' = 'It's Always Something'- no?!
😺 The second Ticker Knits booklet is now out = IMHO: In-My-Humble-Opinion @Amazon. It's a play on 'acronyms' which seem to characterize our interactions nowadays. Everything is expected to be quick and brief - rather the opposite of knitting, no?
These Ticker Knits booklets are my initial attempts at self-publishing. I'll admit I've got a lazy streak or rather a one-track-mind for knitting & knitting & knitting. I reluctantly took on self-publishing, and all that it entails. Who wants to lay out patterns, proof pages, size patterns, take photographs and do all the yucky stuff that tech editors, photographers, and others do - when idea after idea keeps popping out of one's head? And then there's, the 'marketability' - or not - of those 'popped ideas'. But in the end, all of that didn't matter any more; passion is a funny thing.
🙋🏼 about me
I learned to knit from my Latvian 🇦🇹 grandmother who emigrated from Riga to the USA in 1916. My work can be found in numerous knitting magazines, as well as in seven books including best sellers, Hip Knit Hats (2005), Hattitudes (2009), Short Story (2012), Happy Feet (2014), and Cowlgirls 1 & 2 (2010, 2016).
At the moment, my work is focussed on using stranded knitting to render letters, words and language as design elements under the logo ‘TICKER KNITS’. 😺 However, when time permits, I continue to work on private commissions and for other publications as well.
I split my time between New York City and New Preston, CT where my other love, my garden resides. 🌿 I often use my daughters, my muses - Emma & Lydia - as models. I know I have made something particularly special when they both vie for it at once!
CONTACT ME @ firstname.lastname@example.org
📕 NEW BOOKS available 0n Amazon.com:
👉🏼 CowlGirls2 : the Neck's Favorite Knits (Soho Publishing) - dozens of new cowl ideas !
👉🏼 Oh Boy: knit-what-you-mean is TICKER KNITS booklet #1 = five matching hats and cowls covered in truly quotable quotes.
👉🏼 IMHO: in-my-humble-opinion = TK#2 booklet = 6 acronym-covered patterns.