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September 2021
News from Heather Storta
Hello September!

I hope everyone is doing well, and weathering the storms, flooding, fires, and everything else that is raging across the world. Knitting is a comfort and calming activity for me in those moments when I can get away from the news and the stresses around me. I hope it is for you as well.

I hope, too, that these newsletters are a welcome addition to your mailbox. Do feel free to send me suggestions for content!

Read on to hear about what I have going on in the near future.
Enjoy and Happy Knitting!!
New Designs:
No new designs to show you this month -- my newest designs are still the vest and mittens I showed you in last month's newsletter that were published in Cast On magazine. (The links above go to Ravelry, just fyi.)
I've received my yarn finally for my next to-be-published design (another vest, this one will be a companion to the previous vest in Cast On) - so that will be what I'm working on over the next few weeks!
Works in Progress:
I showed you my swatch for this last month - and true to my word - I have lots more to show you this month!!

This is a 1947 Woman's Weekly pattern called "Flowers Gay." I've had to work up the pattern from scratch pretty much, since my body size and my gauge do not match the pattern. But I'm sticking to the silhouette of the original as best as I can.

I've converted the pattern to in the round, and worked the sleeves from cuff to armholes in the round as well, and then joined everything together at the armholes. Since this is a more fitted sweater, I wanted to avoid steeks at the armholes. I'm still doing "set in" sleeves, only I'm working them at the same time as the body.

The sleeves are puffed at the top (as per the original pattern), so my sleeve decreases are fewer than the body armhole decreases; this is to allow for the extra fabric to remain at the top sleeve cap (which produces the "puff.")

I'll have to set this aside for now since my deadline knitting yarn has arrived and I need to get knitting on that! My hope is to have this done in time for Rhinebeck in October, so fingers crossed I finish my deadline knitting quickly so that I can pick it back up soon. I just have the upper shoulders to complete (but I do need to do some "figuring out" of how I'm going to work the shoulders exactly.)

Hopefully I'll have a finished sweater to show you next month!
In Case You Missed It:
Irina of the new YouTube channel, Fiberchats, interviewed me the other day. You can see it here!

Where I'm Teaching Next:

I won't be teaching, but I'll be at NY Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck) this October! I'd love to meet up if you'll be there too, so drop me a line if you'd like to try to meet up! I'll be at the Festival on Saturday.

I'm also planning to be at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival) in Asheville, NC in October as well (but not teaching), so if you'll be there I'd love to meet you too! I'll be there several of the days.
I'm teaching at the TKGA Retreat in Portland this November! (I believe there are a few spots left.) I can't wait to teach in person again! And I've never been to Portland before, so I'm very excited. Check out TKGA.org for more details.
Then later in November I'm teaching at Unwind in Blowing Rock, NC. This retreat usually happens in April, but it was postponed this year to November instead. I adore this retreat - from the amazing people that run it, to the location, to the wonderful knitters who return year after year! It's the highlight of my year, and I've been blessed to have taught there for several years. I really missed it in 2020, so I'm glad they've found a way to make it happen for 2021. Visit the retreat website for more information.

On My YouTube Channel This Month:

Be sure to subscribe to my channel, and hit the notification button to be notified when my new videos get posted. (And drop me a line if you have an idea for a video you'd like to see!)
This month I have a whole assortment of videos (and blog posts) for you! The first video (and blog post) is out today - and is a video about my 5 favorite knitting reference books. In the next few weeks I'll be covering: slip stitch versus mosaic knitting, reading mosaic charts, and weaving in ends in colorwork.
Look for a new video each Friday morning.

I'm planning my first Livestream for September 21st at 1pm ET/10am PT!! Join me on YouTube for a "Knit With Me/Ask Me Anything" Livestream!! I hope to "see" you then!
Knitting Tip:

Be sure to read a pattern all the way through before beginning to knit! It seems like a simple and obvious tip, but many knitters are so excited to begin that they don't take the time to read through first. Reading a pattern before beginning to knit can help you avoid any pitfalls - if there are "at the same time" directions you can be prepared for those, if there are maybe some mistakes or tricky areas you can figure those out before you've begun, instead of getting stuck in the middle of your knitting.

Do you have a tip to share? Drop me a line and I'll possibly include it in a future newsletter (with credit of course!)
Knitting in the News:

This is a wonderful article about the island of Taquile and the men who knit there.
A Minnesota group has been making arm-warmers for dialysis patients.
Here's a fascinating article about 3D printing and it's application with knitting!
It looks like stripes are in this season!
Recipe of the Month:
I love to bake and cook, so I thought it would be fun to include a recipe I'm currently loving or experimenting with each month!
We love deep-dish Chicago pizza here. And I had never attempted to make it myself until recently. It's not as hard as you might think!
This was my second attempt, and it turned out wonderfully! (I do think I needed to bake it a little bit longer - the crust was done but could have been more crispy - I think my oven is on the fritz, though, so that's likely the culprit.)

I used this recipe, and upped the flour and water (keeping the hydration ratio the same) to get a little bit more dough to fit my 14 inch pan. (14 inches is huge and I think I'll downsize to a 12 inch pan for next time!)


I put sandwich slices of pepperoni on top of the mozzarella, and sandwich slices of salami on top of that, and then the thin layer of raw mild sausage. And I added some Italian spices to the tomatoes before putting them on top. Other than that I followed the recipe to a tee.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you'd like me to try or to share? Send it on and I'll give it a whirl and maybe share it (with credit of course!)
 
Are you a Budding Designer? Are you an experienced Designer? Are you looking for a Tech Editor? I'm a TKGA-certified Tech Editor, and I am taking on new clients! Visit my webpage for details.
Tech Edit Tip:
Make sure your abbreviations in any charts match your abbreviations inside your pattern everywhere they are listed and used!
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As a thank you this month, I have a 50% off coupon for you, good until October 31st.
Use the code Fall2021 at Ravelry or Payhip for 50% off any of my self-published patterns or e books.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!
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