Upcoming local class!

Southern Lights Cowl

Calling all central Florida crocheters! I’m going to be teaching a class at Four Purls in Winter Haven, FL on January 28th.

Here’s the info from my Classes page (as always, you can go there to see what local classes I’m scheduled to teach…I keep it updated):

Four Purls, Winter Haven, FL: January 28th, 12:30-2:30. Shop number: 863-662-8288
-From the Four Purls announcement:

SOUTHERN LIGHTS COWL
DESIGNER, Tracie Barrett, will be coming to our shop to teach this fun crochet class! This mobius cowl is just perfect for our recent weather. You can check out the Ravelry page to see all the beautiful ones others have made and read the comments about how much fun they had doing it! Join us Saturday January 28th 12:30-2:30 ($20) There are a few spots available in the class, registration closes Thursday the 26th.

Call the shop if you’re interested and I hope to see you there! This is a fun class and you’ll learn a few cool skills, too.

Crochet at Cama – Oct. 16-20, 2011

I’m so happy because it’s almost time for the Crochet Liberation Front’s Crochet at Cama retreat!

Have you not heard of this? Well, let me share with you….

This page has all the information for the retreat. It’s four fun filled days in Cama Beach Park in Washington State.

Wanna know what’s awesome about this retreat? Well, here’s a quickie summary from the site:

Your retreat experience includes:

  • Breakfast each morning (Gluten Free Options available)
  • Goody Bag (yarn, patterns, coupons, hooks, and a special gift from Fearless Leader!)
  • Sunday Evening Yarn Tasting
  • Monday Afternoon Private Party at Pinch Knitter Yarn in Stanwood, WA
  • Tuesday Afternoon Tea Tasting and yarn party (on site)
  • Wednesday Afternoon Tour of local alpaca farm and site of future fiber mill
  • Afternoon break out sessions and discussion groups
  • Group Project: Hats for Center for Wooden Boats
  • Self Care opportunities: massage (one day only, day tba), meditation, nature walks, guided tours of the facility, Tuesday Tea Tasting with Tobi!
  • Evening Programs include: Guest Speaker, Prize Drawings and Games.
  • Wednesday evening potluck BBQ, use up the rest of your food, we provide the chicken for BBQ!
  • You have the choice of taking any and all classes at the retreat, or none at all. We have set up the fee structure to reflect these options. If you have questions please contact Laurie Wheeler.

Ok, if that doesn’t do it for you, maybe this will…. I’m teaching three classes at the retreat!

  • Monday: Advanced Felting…Already know how to felt basic items but want to do more? Want to play with textures in felting? This is the class for you. We will go over how textured stitches felt while doing hand felting in class.
  • Tuesday: Intro to Amigurumi…In love with all the little crocheted figures and toys that are flooding the market right now? Unsure as to how to go about making them? Have no fear! If you can single crochet, you can make amigurumi. In this class we’ll go over the basics of reading various amigurumi patterns (symbols, Japanese style, and written instructions), how to make your own without a pattern, tips to have a successful amigurumi, and we’ll make the basic amigurumi shape.
  • Wednesday: Design Your Own Filet…Love the look of filet but don’t want to work in thread? Love filet but can’t find the design you’re looking for? This is the class for you. We’ll go over how to do filet crochet and how easy it is to draw your own designs. You can work in either yarn or thread, depending on your skill level, needs, and desires. We’ll discuss tips to make all materials work for you.

These are going to be really fun and information packed classes. Also, at this time, it’ll be the last time (for the indefinite future) I’ll be teaching at a national level (short of teaching online). Yep, you read that right. At this point in time and for the foreseeable future, this will be the last time I’m traveling to teach. I just can’t do it anymore, so I figured I’d go out with a bang. If you want to take a class with me in person, get thee to the Crochet at Cama retreat (or move to Central Florida for when I teach local classes). 🙂

The photos from last year are awesome. I’m so excited to be going this year. And, Fearless Leader just announced that after this year, the retreats will be every other year. So, don’t sit there saying you’ll go next year. Go this year! The cabins are really inexpensive and it’s going to be so much fun.

I hope to see you there!

A lost week

I got hit with a nasty out of no where summer cold last week and it had me down for the count. I had a list of things I was going to get done last week and that entire to-do list got replaced with “rest, take meds, drink fluids, try to stop sneezing and coughing”. I do not make a good patient when I’m sick. 🙂

By Friday I was finally feeling well enough to get moving and pick up crochet again. Still could only do mindless patterns, but that was okay.

Today, I’m much better and we’re rebooting the week! So, new announcements.

Announcement #1:

Fearless Scarf is now available for purchase! If you missed getting this pattern after voting in the Annual Crochet Awards, you can buy it now!

$3.00

Announcement #2:

Due to my illness and some other scheduling issues, my classes at Crochetville were pushed back another week. Therefore, there’s still time to sign up for them! They’ll be starting this Friday.

Classes scheduled:

1. Intro to Amigurumi: Are you in love with all the little crocheted figures and toys that are flooding the market right now? Unsure as to how to go about making them? Have no fear! If you can single crochet, you can make amigurumi. In this class we’ll go over the different types of amigurumi, the things you need to make them, where to find patterns, how to make the basic shape, and how to start designing your own.

2. Southern Lights Cowl: Cowls are all the rage this year, and mobius cowls even more so. Learn how to make this great mobius cowl in crochet without seaming. It looks more complicated than it is. You’ll love making these for yourself and for gifts. We’ll go over how to customize the size for yourself and you’ll also learn how to start a project without having to chain. Pattern included.

3. Intro to Felting: Intimidated by the thought of throwing perfectly good wool into a hot bath to shrink it? Want to know how different stitches will react to felting? Just need someone to give you permission to shrink that swatch? Then this is the class for you! We’ll make swatches in various stitch patterns and then shrink them on purpose, making notes of how they change.

4. Felted Coasters with Box: Simple and quick project using 100% wool to felt after making. Project includes pattern for coasters and a round box for storage.

I hope you’ll join me for one or more of these interesting classes!

Announcement #3:

A very large project that I worked on last year is now being revealed! The folks over at Caron yarns asked me to design a bunch of cool amigurumis for them and I’ve been very twitchy wanting to show them to you! One of them was released in the August 2011 issue of Crochet World, and now the rest will be revealed. You can follow along with them at the Caron Blog. I’ll post about them, too, as they get released!

That’s all from me for now. There’s a few other announcements I’m holding under my hat right now. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to talk about them, too. 🙂

Have a fabulous week everyone!

A handful of announcements

Today is very hot (and humid…gotta love Florida in the dead of summer), and I’ve been at the computer all day long. This is my last computer related item on my to-do list and then I get to go sit under the fan and crochet. So, this will be pretty quick. 🙂

Item #1: Since it’s been brought to my attention that I didn’t clearly announce this a few weeks ago when I wrote that one post. Um, I won’t be at the Summer Knit and Crochet Show. Sorry, but due to health issues, I had to pull my classes. I just could not see making it through the whole week of activities and teaching classes. Especially considering that most days I feel the need to take a nap after running an errand. For the record, I don’t always take that nap, but the fatigue is there. I’m so very sorry and I will miss seeing all my friends. Y’all have fun and tweet away so I can be there vicariously. 🙂

Item #2: I am, however, teaching another round of classes at Crochetville. You can see the upcoming schedule (starting in August) here at their website. I hope you’ll join me as the last round was a lot of fun. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have over there in the forums. 🙂

Item #3: This one is really good news. The urge to crochet has bit again (which is good ’cause I was getting worried). I spent this weekend crocheting away on fun stuff for myself and for gifts. I’ve also got some little sparks of inspiration I’m hoping to fan into flames of designs, but we’ll see. I’m not pushing or rushing anything that’s going on right now. Thank you all for your support!

Item #4: If you wanted to get my pattern for the Fearless Scarf but didn’t get a chance to vote in this last round of Flamies awards, fear not! I wanted to have a period of exclusivity for the pattern (and to encourage everyone to go vote), but I was given the go ahead to release the pattern in my line. So…next week come back here for an announcement. 🙂 It will be available and I’ll have all the info then. I need to do a double check and clean it up and get it ready to go.

Item #5: There are a few other designs that were in the finishing stage that will be coming down the pike in the next couple of months. I hope you’ll check them out when I get them ready. 🙂

Okay, that’s all from me for this week! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and a great start to the week. Stay cool, all!

New online classes!

Time got away from me last week and then Blogger had some issues so I was unable to get this post up until now. My apologies. 🙂

But, I have exciting news! I’m teaching four classes on Crochetville this month!

I’m very excited about this as I think it’s a great opportunity for all involved. I do so love teaching crochet and crochet techniques, but I know that it’s hard to reach everyone out there. While I’ve started teaching on a national level last year, I know not everyone can make it to conferences.

So, if you’ve wanted to take a class from me and can’t make it to the Knit and Crochet Show this summer, now’s your opportunity.

Here are the four classes I’m teaching this month:

Introduction to Felting

Description: Intimidated by the thought of throwing perfectly good wool into a hot bath to shrink it? Want to know how different stitches will react to felting? Just need someone to give you permission to shrink that swatch? Then this is the class for you! We’ll make swatches in various stitch patterns and then shrink them on purpose, making notes of how they change.

    Skills taught during class:

  • Measuring swatches
  • Felting techniques
  • Textured stitches

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Worsted weight 100% wool yarn in three colors (a light, medium, and dark shade preferably). The bulk of the yarn can be in the light or medium shade, we will only need a small amount of the other two colors.
  • Standard crochet hooks H-J.

    Supplies Needed (optional):

  • Kitchen gloves if felting by hand
  • Zippered pillowcase if felting by machine
  • Small amount of non-felting yarn for optional swatch

This class starts Friday, May 20th and runs for two weeks. The cost is $20. The last day to register is May 23rd, so if you’re interested, click on the link above and get yourself in there! 🙂

Intro to Amigurumi

Description: Are you in love with all the little crocheted figures and toys that are flooding the market right now? Unsure as to how to go about making them? Have no fear! If you can single crochet, you can make amigurumi. In this class we’ll go over the different types of amigurumi, the things you need to make them, where to find patterns, how to make the basic shape, and how to start designing your own.

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Worsted weight acrylic or wool yarn (Red Heart Super Saver works the best) in a light color
  • G-6 crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors,
  • Small amount of fiberfill

    Supplies Needed (optional):

  • Set of safety eyes

This class starts Friday, May 27th and is one week. The cost is $10. The last day to register is May 30th.

Southern Lights Mobius Cowl

Description: Cowls are all the rage this year, and mobius cowls even more so. Learn how to make this great mobius cowl in crochet without seaming. It looks more complicated than it is. You’ll love making these for yourself and for gifts. We’ll go over how to customize the size for yourself and you’ll also learn how to start a project without having to chain. Pattern included.

    Skills taught in this class:

  • Double base chain
  • Working in the round
  • Making a mobius

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Approximately 400 yards fingering weight yarn (sample made in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi – 2 skeins)
  • 4.0 or 4.5 mm crochet hook (G-6 or G-7)

This class starts Friday, May 27th and is one week. The cost is $15. The last day to register is May 30th.

Felted Coasters and Box

Description: Simple and quick project using 100% wool to felt after making. Project includes pattern for coasters and a round box for storage.

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Worsted weight 100% wool yarn (approximately 300-350 yards)
  • H-8 (5.0mm) hook
  • Large bead or button to finish box

This class starts Friday, May 27th and is one week. The cost is $15. The last day to register is May 30th.

I hope you’ll consider some of these classes and I hope to see you there! I’m very excited about this new venture. 🙂 If it goes well, I’ll continue to do this.

Have a great week everyone! 🙂

Knit and Crochet Show Summer classes posted

Wow, what a whirlwind week blogging for the Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week. I hope y’all enjoyed it! I did. It was fun.

So much so that I got up this morning and started to look for the next prompt. 🙂 Then I realized I didn’t have to do that today, and went about my morning.

Then I remembered that I usually blog on Mondays, and so here I am again.

Last week, the detailed class listings for the Summer Knit and Crochet Show were released. Registration starts on April 7th (this Thursday). The summer show is from July 28-30 (with Professional Development Day on the 27th) in Minneapolis, MN.

There’s lots going on this year and I’m sure it’s going to be just as exciting as the past two years I’ve attended. But why am I posting about this today?

Glad you asked. 🙂

I’m teaching four classes at the Summer show.

Thursday, July 28, 9a-12p: Introduction to Thread Crochet

Friday, July 29, 2p-5p: Organizing Your Space (Great for both crocheters and knitters)

Saturday, July 30, 9a-12p: Design Your Own Filet Crochet

Saturday, July 30, 2p-5p: Broomstick Lace Cloth (This is great if you’ve never done broomstick lace and want to learn)

If you’re over on the Fibers By Tracie group on Facebook, I have each of these classes listed as an event. So please feel free to RSVP there if you’re planning on taking the class (doing so does not register you for the class, it’s simply to let me and others know if you’re coming). I always love hearing who will be in my classes before I get there. 🙂

You can see the whole list of all the classes for the Summer show here.

Okay, lunch time over for me and I have to get back to this current design project, so I wish all of you a wonderful week and I’ll talk to you later!

Oh, PS: Yes, I’m aware the website is down. I’m in the process of moving it. Things came up when I went to get help to do it, and it’s taking me a bit longer to finish up (due to my schedule, not theirs). Hang in there! If you buy patterns from me through my website, you can also go here to Ravelry to buy them. You don’t have to be a member of Ravelry to see them (but you should anyway!). Thanks so much for your continued support!

Crochet Classes at Knit and Crochet Show

The class list has now been announced at the Knit and Crochet Show website. If you look on the list for the Summer Show, you’ll see a familiar name. 🙂 (The fall show listing can be found here).

That’s right, I’ll be teaching at the Summer Knit and Crochet Show in Minneapolis, MN. The show is from July 28-30 (with Professional Development Day on July 27th) at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. All the details for travel and such are located on the main page I linked above.

So, what are these classes I’m teaching? Well, let me tell you, I’m very excited about them. I did some poking around in Ravelry forums to see what people would want to learn, and designed classes around that.

Intro to Thread Crochet is just what it sounds like. If you’ve ever been daunted by crocheting in thread, don’t fear! I go over the tools needed (and tools that will make it easier), how you can still work in thread and not have to use tiny tiny hooks, and we’ll slowly step down from yarn to thread in the hands on portion of the class.

Design Your Own Filet Crochet is going to be a lot of fun. I love filet work and think it holds a ton of possibilities. It’s not just for thread work, either. We’ll discuss how to design and make projects in filet, and these can be done in anything from thread to worsted weight yarn (and above if you’re really adventurous).

Broomstick Lace Cloth is based off of my pattern by the same name. It’s a great intro to broomstick lace and when you’re done you have a pretty little cloth to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Last year this class was a lot of fun with everyone giggling and enjoying themselves. I’m looking forward to teaching this again.

Organizing Your Space is going to be a lecture based class where we discuss all different ways to organize your stash, patterns, tools, and your work space. I’m going to have a ton of resources available ranging from really snazzy ready made options to do-it-yourself options. What makes me capable of teaching this? Well, if y’all remember back a couple of months, I’m living in 225 square feet of space with no closets. Not only am I living in here, but I’m maintaining a full working studio space in here as well. My studio takes up half my room and I am very organized. I have to be or I wouldn’t have room for the rest of my space (which is my bedroom and pseudo-living room). So, I’m going to share what has and hasn’t worked for me (because what might not have worked for me, may work for you). I’ve been collecting tons of great ideas and links and such that will be in a super packet available in the class.

I’m really excited about these classes. I hope that they all “make” (which means I need to have at least 5 people to sign up for them so they don’t get canceled) so I can teach them all. Also, depending on how my classes go at the summer show will determine if I will be able to make it up for the Fall show (in Greensboro, NC).

The website says that more information on the classes will be available in March. I hope you’ll consider going to the conference. I’ve been two years in a row and it has been awesome every time. It’s so neat to be with people who are like minded and understand the need to have crochet with you at all times. And it’s just so much fun.

Wait, what? How’d it get to be the end of June??

I am sincerely sorry I have not kept up with this blog. The last two months have been a whirlwind of work and I just haven’t had time to sit and compose a post (other than in my head while I’m supposed to be sleeping).

So, let’s catch up a bit, shall we?

I’ve been working on a super huge project that of course I can’t talk about yet. 🙂 That’s been the big thing that’s been taking up all my time. It shipped on Friday and now I just need to write the patterns for it and it will be done. I can’t wait to tell you about it. It’s really cool.

I’ve had easily five or six other good sized projects to go out, both for yarn companies and publication. I’m excited about those, too, and can’t wait to share those either (are you starting to see why I haven’t been able to post much?).

Things haven’t slowed down yet. I leave in a week for Chain Link (also known as the Knit and Crochet Show) in Manchester, NH. I’m very excited about this as I love Chain Link. This year I’m teaching two classes. One on Thursday morning on Amigurumi and one on Friday afternoon on my Broomstick Lace Cloth pattern. Other than that, I just have the events and will spend the rest of my time catching up with my crochet friends from around the country. If you’re going to be there, come find me! I’d love to meet you, too!

My to-do list is still incredibly long. I have to finish two samples for my Amigurumi class (those may end up getting done on Tuesday afternoon at this rate), I need to finish the hat I’m donating to the silent auction, and I’d like to finish a wrap to wear to the dinner Saturday night. That’s just the stuff for Chain Link. I also have three projects due very soon, and today I’m finishing up a submission package. I need to write the patterns for the big project before I leave as well.

I’m still planning on writing the series about being a designer, so if you have questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments. I’m going to try to get them up after I get back.

If I don’t post before then (very likely at this pace), I hope everyone has a great start to July and for my fellow Americans, Happy July 4th! Also, for those traveling to Chain Link, safe travels and I’ll see you there!

Want to learn about felting?

Classes at the Knit and Crochet Show this summer are already filling up fast! If you’re considering going, you should register soon. And if you’re planning on going and want to learn all about felting, you should take my Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Felting.

This will be a really fun and hands on class. We’re going to go over how to plan for felting, what stitches felt better than others, how different colors deal with felting, and then do some hands on felting in class.

It’s an all day class, but I promise it will be fun. Do come join me for this class! I would love to see you there!

Two new patterns up and other catching up

Friday night I was killing time before heading out looking through Coats and Clark’s patterns. I knew I had two that were due to be out soon, and I was so happy to find them. Because that means that I can finally share them with you!

The first one is called Midas Wristers and is made from yummy Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread in Size 3. This stuff is a dream and a half to work with. So silky, so pretty, and works up very well. Here’s the Ravelry pattern page so you can go queue it. You know you want to. These will make great gifts for the summer, for prom, for weddings, etc, etc.


Photograph copyright Coats & Clark and used with permission

The second pattern is great for little babies. I loved making this sweater. It’s called simply Baby Cardigan. Here’s the Ravelry pattern page. I know you want to queue that one as well. This pattern uses one ball of TLC Baby Multi. You could make a ton of them for all the little babies in your life. I’m very excited about this pattern because it was the first time I did the pattern math first, wrote the pattern, and then stitched it. And it was right. Anyway, look at the cutie patootie baby they found to model this one. I’m so jealous of the photography team at Coats. They get to play with such cuties!


Photograph copyright Coats & Clark and used with permission

In other news, I’m currently teaching Crochet 101 on Wednesdays at Four Purls in Winter Haven. My students are two lovely ladies who seemed to pick it up pretty quickly last week. We’ll see what their homework looks like this week. Crochet 102 will begin in May, so if you’re local and want to learn or brush up or expand your skills, check out the website and give Laura a call. We’ve got other exciting classes and workshops scheduled for the next couple of months.

I am very nearly moved. Organized is another story. I have deadlines this week otherwise I’d be dealing with the chaos that is currently residing under my work table. However, I did want to share with you the view from outside of my sliding glass door.

Now, that picture was taken a few weeks ago, and already since then the tree has turned completely green. The plan is to install a “dining canopy” with screen walls onto my deck that comes off my room. Then I’ll be able to try to enjoy sitting outside and work. This may only happen in the early mornings and evenings. This is Florida, after all, and we’re already into the 80s during the day.

I’m getting settled and enjoying being back in my hometown. I’ve even started going out again with friends. Part of this is because designing is a very solitary work. It’s easy to look up and realize you haven’t been outside in a week. So, my local friends have all decided to make sure I get out of the house at least once a week. I am very lucky to have such great friends.

Speaking of getting out of the house, I’ll be heading towards Stitches South this weekend. I’m not taking any classes, but I’ll be on site on Saturday. We’re leaving Friday morning and driving up, so we likely won’t be there until Friday evening. I’ll be heading back on Sunday morning. But, if you’re going to be there, let me know! I’ll try to find you in the market. I’d love to meet up with some of my readers.

One last thing. I’ve gotten questions about designing from various people throughout the last few months. I want to do a series here on my blog about getting started as a designer and making it work (channeling Tim Gunn here). If you have any questions you’d like to see answered here on the blog, feel free to leave it in comments! I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Hope everyone has a fabulous week. I’ve got to get to work now!

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