I soon finish my Queen's University English Degree (at the end of July-whew!) and have a pile of bestsellers waiting for me to read. However, my passion for classic lit and great novels will forever stay with me. It's been a wonderful way to improve my writing and understand the subtleties of character, plot, setting, dialogue, etc. I saw this video today and the diversity within its pages intrigued me. Has anyone read Ulysses by James Joyce? If so, what did you think of it?
In partnership with Bernat & Patons Yarn (where I used to work), these good folk at YarnCanada.ca and Bernat & Patons are giving away $2000 worth of yarn to 12 different charitable individuals / groups. They're hoping to get as many applicants as possible to ensure the yarn goes to wherever it can do the most good.
There's less than a week left to apply.
Find details here: https://www.yarncanada.ca/for-good
Happy New year! And Happy Knitting!
Labour Day weekend special!
For 3 days only starting Friday and ending Monday at midnight, all my patterns on Ravelry are 50% off! Happy long weekend!
And Happy Knitting,
Available on Ravelry at: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/joanne-yordanou
on August 19/19.
At last, the Boho Sunset Shawl is finished and the pattern is ready on Ravelry! It took me so long because of life ups and downs, injuries, school, and a cottage renovation. Add a grand-puppy that I suddenly have to puppy-sit with my own good boy Shaq, and you have some very slow knitting. That's me. Not you, necessarily. This is a very easy shawl for the average bear. It's all Garter Stitch with an easy Lace Stitch which grows in rows. The tricky part is being very, very careful not to drop a stitch during lace sections (or any other), as the lace will unravel back to where you started it. So don't put you knitting down in the middle of a lace row unless you absolutely have to and even then, be mindful how and where you left it. I say this from experience. Otherwise, this is my new favourite pattern and a joy to knit with great results!
Here's the stats:
Asymmetrical: 60 ins [152.5 cm] W x 37” [94 cm] x H x 70” [203.5 cm] slope.
2 skeins Handmaiden Casbah 3-ply (80% Merino/10% Nylon/10% Cashmere.
Note:Colours are one of a kind. I used a custom dye made for Linda’s Craftique in Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (my home town). Linda inspired Handmaiden to dye Casbah with a photo of a Port Credit sunset as inspiration. Linda showed me the photo and the yarn and I was smitten. I had to design something. This asymmetrical shawl uses the Port Credit dye as (MC) with a matching purple (A) to finish it off plus the fringe. I look forward to seeing your own colour creations!
What to start with? Mmm. Some of you know I've been working on an English degree. For many reasons, I've put my middle age brain through the paces and it revealed it still works. I've discovered that I've enjoyed university and delving into literature among other studies and that it really is just good old discipline that gets one through it. I think I was just as smart (or average intelligence) before uni as I am now, but I started this venture to improve my writing and if I was going to call myself a writer than I had better have some weight behind it.
For the past 4 years, I've taken courses through the summers. This year, no, which brings me to the freedom I've rediscovered. Designing knitwear while studying novels, short story, poetry and...ugh...grammar had slowed me down. In my Patons days, we churned out many designs, one booklet after another. It was fun work and I miss those days with Gayle and Svetlana and Sarah.
As soon as I decided to take this summer off, I picked up the needles and began creating. I found a few funny things had happened. The business of designing had changed a lot since Instagram took hold. Ravelry has exploded into a vast cache of patterns and a fantastic resource for both knitters (and crocheters) and designers, not to mention yarn companies. So I created a knitwear designer Instagram account and decided I need some new material.
I'm a slow knitter than before; a forefinger surgery gone-wrong is the reason. Yet, I'll soon have a lovely easy, yet challenging shawl/scarf pattern ready. Easy? Challenging? Which is it, Joanne, you may ask. I say easy, because most of it can be knit while watching TV (GoT, The Wire, True Detective, Criminal Justice, Big Little Lies, Peaky Blinders, Taboo - oh my!) . However, there are some easy, yet challenging lace parts that I've realized I can't knit while watching TV (esp. GoT), no matter how much I think I'm paying attention. I promise you, it will be a rewarding project. I'll just give you a hint: I'm using Handmaiden's Casbah and its scrumptious!!! I can't wait to share it with you!
On the writing side, I'm editing my novel and attempting to get a few short stories published (you can read two at CommuterLit.com/link under my writing tab). And writing, writing, writing! Is my garden suffering? Probably. As well, a few other things, as I know I only have until September to catch up with things, and be buried in books again until Spring 2020. There's always Christmas knitting and writing! In the meantime, I hope you're also doing your favourite things!
If you haven't heard, I've been at it again after a whole lotta things keeping me from knitting. Here's the latest: Twilight (you can find it on Ravelry).
It's that time of year again. The folks at YarnCanada are looking for do-good knitters to give yarn to for their charity knitting and have partnered with an old employer of mine!
They have this to say at www.yarncanada.ca/for-good:
We're Giving Yarn To Your Good CauseWe know so many wonderful people knit and crochet for good causes. We'd love to hear your stories and help out!
We've partnered with Bernat Yarn and Patons Yarn to give 12 individuals and groups a total of $2000 worth of yarn to use towards their good works.
Since we get requests from all over, and we'd like to do something nice for our neighbors, this is open to Canadians and Americans.
Here’s the yarn we’ll be giving away:
1 x $500 of yarn to a Canadian group who knits or crochets for a good cause
1 x $500 of yarn to an American group who knits or crochets for a good cause
10 x $100 of yarn to Canadian or American individuals or groups who knit or crochet for a good cause
All you need to do to apply is fill out the form below and tell us your story. What will you use the yarn for, what impact has this or previous projects had, and anything else important to your story.
If you have any photos we’d love to see them too.
Visit them at:
Visit my Freebies page for inspiration!
Like Spring, Fall is a season of new beginnings. At least, I believe it can be. As my veggie garden erupts with the last harvest, and the hydrangea and sedum bloom, I feel like a new chapter awaits. School has recommenced (and it's a heavy workload for me this semester), and the knitting season is in full swing. My writing group starts up tonight and the cottage reno switches it act to the inside (soon).
Speaking of knitting, I can either finish my baby booties design or make myself a hat for dog walks with Shaq. I can either finish Beowulf today or work on my play for Playwriting class. So what to do?
My knitting bag seems to scream the loudest.
And so it begins...
What's on your Fall to-do list?
It's a day of juggling writing. My day starts with coffee and a couple (or so) of hours writing/editing fiction in the morning. After a late breakfast (10-10:30), I walk Shaq, my lab mix (who tends to nap half the morning away) to clear my head for school work. This semester (working on an English degree and Certificate of Academic Writing), I'm only taking 2 courses (Selected Women Writer II and Writing in Academic Contexts) as I've finished editing my second novel and hope to get it out to agents this month.
Dog-walking these days involves facing the elements of a bad Canadian winter, and does well to both distract me from work and focuses my attention on surviving the cold, if only for a short while. Today I walk nervously as last week, coyotes killed a neighborhood dog. I see coyotes daily as their den is across the creek that runs behind our property. Three times I've faced a coyote while walking Shaq. Twice I've been able to avoid them, but the last time when we were almost home, the coyote stood in the middle of my street, like it was a Western showdown. Shaq must have been distracted by a squirrel not to see him and when I waved my arms around hollering, Shaq thought I wanted to play. He usually barks at them at the back fence, so a new higher fence is needed...soon. Coyotes, I've recently learned, can climb chain link. My acting like a crazy woman worked; the coyote ran off and we ran to the house.
I love watching the coyotes play or hunt from the safety of our living room window--so does Shaq--but when dogs are attacked, I find myself avoiding the creek altogether and walk Shaq in the opposite direction. They say coyotes don't go for large dogs, but that's not true. In a local large city park, coyotes attacked two large dogs a year ago while the dog owner walked them on-leash. The coyotes cost this dog-owner $1700 in vet fees after attacking one of her dog's hinds. If you're interested to read more, click here for the Mississauga new link and story by Louie Rosella.
Today, I had no coyote sightings during our walk, but will stay vigilant and be my dog's watchdog.
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