day one from the market

Phoenix TNNA show January 21st to the 23rd. Arrived Thursday exhausted after weeks of inventory, marathon knitting sessions and deadlines looming, but rested up this morning enough to finally have cohesive thoughts!

new book Betsy Beads photo credits go to XRX,Inc

Big highlight for me is a new book that’s just come out: “Betsy Beads” from XRX,Inc. I think a lot of you will like it, too. It’s very well presented with loads of fun- and truly easy! – projects. Many projects can be made with what you have in your stash and while Wildflower has a good supply of the beads you will need already,  there’s a great resource section in the back of the book for those not near a shop.

There’s a great article in the current “Knitter’s” magazine entitled “Confessions of a left-brained knitter” that provides a wonderful introduction to Betsy Hershberg and her new book.  It’s  truly something to look forward to: both an inspiring and empowering story. Watch for a number of classes in support of this book in the weeks to come.

into a new year and what are “you” reading now?


I used to read a LOT- then when kids came along 22(!) years ago and my business began to grow, I would listen to friends and loved ones talk about books they’d read with envy. Gradually over the past 5 or 6 years, I have once again come to a place  more open to creating time to read. My first breakthrough started when my friend, Beth, recommended and loaned me “The
Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.  I hadn’t read a book  (with the exception of many, and I do mean “many” children’s books) in years- I don’t even want to guess how many years had gone by, although it’s easy for us both to do the math. I read that book in two days and was deeply affected by it.

That experience made me take a hard look at the obsessive side of my nature- and why I’d been unable to find time for reading.
Knitting by profession as well as pleasure (yes, obsessively!) had left little time to pick up a book and immerse myself into the pages. If it didn’t involve my knitting universe, directly or indirectly, I would start, but rarely finish, one after another.

Then a couple of years ago, it dawned on me that while my knitting expertise was in great shape, other parts of me needed some tender loving care and attention.  I wrote to a friend and asked for book recommendations. I was ready to start my list. My friend got me started with “Time Traveler’s Wife” and from there, one book led to another, and I can happily say I’ve always got a book in progress now- and I’m no longer reading only about knitting, or website design, or the latest in software updates…

Some of my favorites or most memorable in these most recent years are or have been:

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger
“The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” by by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
“The End of Faith” by Sam Harris
“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer
“Clean” by Alejandro Junger
“The Dove Keepers” by Alice Hoffman
Anything by MFK Fisher
“Mind of the Raven” by Bernd Heinrich
anything by Michael Pollan
“Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss

What am I reading now?

Two books, actually: “The Power of NOW” by Eckhart Tolle and 1Q84 by Huraki Murakami.

For what it’s worth, I’ve tried to provide links that go first to an author’s page, but when that wasn’t possible I linked the author as well to wikipedia.
Recommendations, anyone?
What are “you” reading now?

Cheers, everyone!

To a wonder-filled 2012!