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November 2021
News from Heather Storta
Hello November!

I have a *very* busy November lined up! October was pretty busy as well. I am loving the cooler weather, and being able to wear some of my hand knits. Soups and stews are about to be in heavy rotation in my kitchen!

I hope all is well with you, and that you are enjoying these newsletters!

Read on to hear about what I have going on in the near future.

Enjoy and Happy Knitting!!
New Designs:
My newest design is just out - the "Everyday Vest, Take Two".
It is in the just released Winter 2021 Cast On magazine. I love the red! I have plans to embroider some flowers on my sample (maybe) now that I have it back from photography!
Works in Progress:
I finished my Rhinebeck sweater in time for Rhinebeck! It turned out perfectly, and exactly how I wanted. I made copious notes while knitting, so it's not outside the realm of possibility that I will write up the adapted design.

I'm currently plugging away at my cardigan that will be self-published at some point. I just started the newest sample, and have reworked the pattern to fit the new yarn. This will have to take back seat while I finish my knee socks that will be in the Spring Cast On, though. But hopefully sometime in the spring I'll have it ready for test knitting.

And, my knee socks mentioned above are in full swing! (This photo is from a little while ago, so I'm much farther along now.) I'm loving this yarn - it's Greenwood "Yakity Yak" in the colorway Periwinkle. The yarn has such a wonderful sheen, it's hard to show in photos.

I also have a pair of "plain" socks on the needles (I always have some plain socks in progress) using a really fun yarn from Uneek - the Tigress Limited Edition sock kit. These have a very "Halloween" vibe and are quite fun.

Where I'm Teaching Next:

When this newsletter goes out, I will be in Portland, OR teaching at the TKGA retreat! Stay tuned to my Instagram account to see posts from Portland.
I've never been to Portland before, so I'm very excited to be a part of this retreat!
The second week 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. 
I'll post to my Instagram account from Unwind as well, so keep your eyes peeled there!
I may do a LiveStream on my YouTube channel, too!
Looking forward to 2022, I'm teaching in Hendersonville, NC for the Knitting and Quilting Retreat at the Kanuga Conference Center in January 2022.
Registration is open now!!
This is a very lovely retreat, in the mountains of NC, with so many wonderful people! Come join us!

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!) Last month I reached 2000 subscribers!! Thank you so much for your continued support, it means the world to me!

My LiveStream from Rhinebeck went really well! It is available for viewing if you missed it. My LiveStream from SAFF was a bust, since I lost internet connection as soon as I got in the Davis Arena building. I took various photos and videos, though, and will put together a compilation very soon!

I will try to go live from Portland, OR at some point this weekend, and then from Blowing Rock, NC the following weekend.

Since I'm swamped with teaching early this month, I likely won't have a new technique video out until around the 19th at the earliest. Send me your ideas for topics, if there is something specific you'd like to see!


My next "Knit With Me/Ask Me Anything" Livestream will be on November 23rd, at 1pm ET. Feel free to send in your questions in advance if there is something you'd like to ask me!
Knitting Tip:
One of my favorite new tips is to use a yarnover instead of a M1r or M1l. Place a yarnover where the increase is to be in the row before the increase, and then knit into the back of the yarnover to twist it to the left, or reorient it and knit it twisted to the right, on the following row! This mimics exactly a M1r or M1l, without the tightness of pulling up the bar to work the increase. I'm finding this tip very handy with my knee socks that are worked on tiny needles and thin yarn, from the toe-up, and I'm even calling for this method to be used in the pattern.

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:
An Oklahoma hospital dresses their newborn NICU babies in knitted and crocheted Halloween costumes.

Town and Country has the Fall Fashion trends, and knitwear is in! These are all store-bought items, but there is inspiration there for hand knitting!

An English couple were surprised to receive a ticket for driving in the bus lane in Bath, when they had been nowhere near Bath. Read the article to see how this happened!

Here's a student newspaper article about Warm Up America!

Apparently knitted hoods are this season's "in" accessory.
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 Walt Disney World, and our favorite park is Epcot. One of our favorite restaurants inside Epcot (because really, our love for Epcot is 80% about the food) is Rose and Crown. Rose and Crown serves an incredible Cottage Pie.
This was my attempt to recreate their Cottage Pie, but as a true Shepherd's Pie with lamb. One time, I asked our server for the recipe, and the chef staff kindly emailed me the following week with their official recipe! This is an adaptation of that recipe:

Make your favorite version of mashed potatoes from scratch. (I use redskin potatoes, butter, and half and half, plus some salt and pepper.) Make enough to cover one large pie or several small individual crocks.
Then, in a hot pan, melt butter. Add one large diced onion, and several carrots (diced), and cook till the onion is translucent. Add 2 pounds ground beef or lamb, and cook until the meat is cooked through. Drain any fat. Add beef broth to moisten (about 10 oz), and 2 cups peas (canned or thawed if frozen - I usually use frozen), and simmer to reduce the liquid a bit. (I usually also add a tiny bit of corn starch mixed with a bit of water to thicken the gravy.) Season with salt and pepper, dash Worcestershire sauce, and any other desired spices - thyme is what I usually use. In a large baking dish (or 4 individual crocks), place meat mixture on bottom. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top, if desired. Bake in 400 degree oven until cheese is melted and pie is bubbly (maybe 10-15 minutes or so.)


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!)
 
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Tech Edit Tip:
Make sure you list any and all notions the knitter might need! Include a cable needle if cables are present, stitch markers (and how many), buttons, waste yarn, etc. etc. Your knitters want to know everything they will need to knit your item; there is nothing worse than packing a project to take with you and you don't have something you need!
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Until next time, Happy Knitting!
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