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:

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.

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!

Long overdue post

Sorry about that, folks. I was doing so good with keeping up with the blog, and then life did what life does and threw me a curve ball.

Right, so this is a quick post because I need to get ready to head out the door in about twenty minutes (will be explained further down).

Thing the first: Due to aforementioned curve ball, I’m now residing with my parents. This may seem like a horrid thing, but it solves a couple of issues. One being that I can continue designing and teaching full time (which, if you follow any other designer, you know that this job really doesn’t pay a lot). It also allows me to be a great help to my family by being around to keep my dad company during the day and serve as a driver to get him where he needs to go.

Now, this also has other benefits. The first being I have a lot more time to design. So, expect to see a lot more coming out from me. I know I missed a March pattern release, but I will get it (and possibly a second pattern) released this month. The other benefit leads us to…

Thing the second: If you live in the Polk County, Florida area and would like to take crochet classes or workshops with me, then you need to go check out Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven. If you go to their site and check out the classes link, you will see a whole array of crochet classes and workshops that I’ll be offering there at the store. Laura is super crochet friendly, so I highly encourage everyone to go there!

Thing the third: The main reason I’m leaving in now 15 minutes? I’m going to pick up my first spinning wheel today!!! Yes, I’m highly excited about this. Although, I’m unsure as to when I’ll have time to get on the wheel this week (gotta love deadlines as they mean I’m going to get a check later). But, I’m very excited as this is something I’ve wanted for a while. I was able to secure a great deal on the wheel and just couldn’t turn it down. Pictures later once I get the lovely home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thing the fourth: Registration for the Knit and Crochet Show (aka Chain Link) opens tomorrow. Remember, I’m teaching three classes, and I hope you not only can make it to Chain Link, but that you’ll take one (or all) of my classes. I’m nervous about class counts and all that, so if you’re interested in any of the topics (amigurumi, broomstick lace, and felting), please consider taking my class. We have a lot of fun when I teach. And in the amigurumi class, there might even be games of catch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, time to finish getting ready and head out. I’m going to get back on track with posting here. I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

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