I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted. I am still knitting (and spinning, even a little weaving). I haven’t been the best about taking pictures, but I try to keep Ravelry updated. In other news, I wrote a novel!

I just finished editing the Epilogue of my first novel to post to my beta readers. Now comes the scary part — searching for an agent and publisher.

I’m really excited. It’s the first big milestone I’ve reached since I finished the first draft of the novel over a year ago. If you happen to know any literary agents, or have any advice for me, I could sure use the help! This is such a new adventure for me. It’s daunting. But the feedback I’ve received to date has been so positive, it gives me confidence and hope. Thank you!

If you want to become a beta reader, leave a comment or email me. There’s still a lot of editing to come (and a new novel to write).

I started a new blog over at margitsage.com to post excerpts from my novels, writing prompts, other short works of writing, musings on my inspirations, and news. I started a writing group a little over a year ago and we’ve been writing short pieces between and during meetings, so I’d like to share a few of those. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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I’m excited about many things this week! Stitches West is coming up in just a few days. I’m not having a booth this year, for the first time since I started my business in 2006. Instead I’m taking classes. Lots of classes! I’ve only ever taken 2 knitting classes before, both from Sandi Rosner last summer at Purlescence Yarns so I’m very excited about taking more classes from a bunch of different teachers. I figured that next year I may have a booth again or be doing something else, so I would take advantage of this year while I could.

I’m also excited about quilting. I just finished my first quilt last week! More about that some other day.

Lastly, I quit my day job almost 2 weeks ago now to start a new adventure. I’m learning some new software skills and I’m trying to figure out a game plan for the next few months.

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Since Firefly didn’t attract a lot of attention last week, which pattern would you like to see me give away for Socktoberfest this week? Choose from the 6 other sock patterns available at FiberFiend.com.

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Last week was lace.  This week is cables.  I’m giving away Firefly (Ravelry link), a cabled sock that I knit up in my handspun Fiber Fiend Merino/Tencel roving.

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Go to my Facebook page, “like” the page if you don’t already, and comment on the post about the giveaway by midnight Sunday night 10/10/10 with a random number between 1 and 1,000 for your chance to win! Winner will be announced Monday!

Check back on my Facebook page next weekend and every weekend this month for a new sock pattern giveaway!

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In honor of Socktoberfest, I’m going to be giving away one of my sock patterns each week this month. This week it’s Shake Your Fishtail, a lacy sock knit up in Fiber Fiend Panda Sock.

Fishtail Sock Collage

Go to my Facebook page, “like” the page if you don’t already, and comment on the post about the giveaway by midnight Sunday night 10/3 with a random number between 1 and 1,000 for your chance to win!   The person with the number closest to the number a random number generator spits out will win.  Winner will be announced Monday!

Check back on my Facebook page next weekend and every weekend this month for a new sock pattern giveaway!

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Get your market admission coupon here ($2 off)!  Come see me in Booth 940!

Sign up for my newsletter by emailing me (see sidebar) and get a coupon for any pattern purchases made at the show!

I’ll have samples of Multnomah Falls, Colette, a new Burana Jacket (in Noro Silk Garden Chunky), Wanda, my new Eyeclops stuffed toy, and other new patterns!  I’ll also have Eucalan in three sizes and scents, hand-dyed fiber and yarn, soaps, greeting cards, Fiber Fiend t-shirts, pins, and tote bags, spindles, project bags, undyed fiber, and more!

I hope to see you there!

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Sorry I’ve been so bad about blogging! I’ve been super busy. One of the things I’ve done since I last blogged was go to Belize to SCUBA dive. You can check out my Belize photos on flickr here. I hope to blog more frequently this year to tell you about all of the interesting stuff I’ve been up to!

My new cabled Wanda Purse Pattern uses decreases to create a stylish flared shape. Wanda is a cabled felted purse with instructions and a pattern for a fabric sewn lining with customizable inside pockets. The Wanda pattern can be purchased at FiberFiend.com and through Ravelry for $6.

You can find more photos of the purse on flickr here.

MATERIALS
Fiber Fiend Bulky Wool (100% Wool 165 yd per 100g skein); 2 skeins Woods
3/4 yd fabric for lining (light to mid-weight cotton recommended)
Coordinating thread
Handles (shown in faux leather)

TOOLS
US13/9.0 mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle (you need it for these 10-stitch cables!)
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Pins
Scissors
Hand sewing needle to sew lining to bag
Sewing machine (optional) to sew lining together
Ruler

Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: 8.5 inches tall by 10 inches wide (at base) by 6 inches deep, after felting
Gauge: 10 stitches per 4″ / 10cm in reverse stockinette stitch, before felting

Skills: Decreasing, Cables, Seaming, Sewing (for lining)

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Esmerelda is now available in its entirety as a pdf for $4 on Ravelry and through FiberFiend.com.  This pdf includes photographs and a schematic, and all 8 instruction parts in metric and English units (formatted nicely). You can also purchase a hard copy of the pattern for $4 through FiberFiend.com.

When I was writing up the instructions for the Border / Trim (Part 8), I noticed that the number of held sts on the Back was incorrect, so I just corrected that.  I also added that you need two types / colors of stitch markers to the Materials section.

With no further ado, here is
Part 8 (the last part!)!
New Abbreviations:
Patt: Pattern

Part 8: Border
Join yarn and knit across held 96 (106, 120, 132, 150, 160, 174) body sts.  Pick up and knit approximately two sts for every three rows around perimeter of shrug, making sure to end up with a multiple of 6 sts on the needles.  Approximately 216 (240, 270, 294, 330, 354, 384) sts on the needles.  Place mkr A at beginning of rnd and work rnds 1-4 of Baby Honeycomb Cable & Rib pattern once.  Place 2 mkr B’s, one each at the border of the cable and Stockinette Stitch sections of the body (one mkr near the left shoulder and one mkr near the right shoulder).  Work the following short rows:
Row 1 (RS): Work in patt to 2nd mkr B, sl mkr, wrap next st, turn.
Row 2 (WS): Work in patt to mkr B, sl mkr, wrap next st, turn.
Rows 3/4: Work in patt until 5 sts before mkr B, wrap next st, turn.
Rows 5/6: Work in patt until 10 sts before mkr B, wrap next st, turn.
Rows 7/8: Work in patt until 15 sts before mkr B, wrap next st, turn.
Work in patt to end of row, working wrapped sts together with wraps, removing mkr B.
Next rnd: Work in patt, working wrapped sts together with wraps, removing 2nd mkr B.
Work rnds 3-4 of Baby Honeycomb Cable & Rib patt.
Work rnds 1-4 of Baby Honeycomb Cable & Rib patt.  Bind off in patt.

For those of you who haven’t bought yarn yet, the revised amounts are as follows:
Approximately 250 (280, 320, 370, 420, 470, 520) g worsted weight yarn
Shown in Fiber Fiend Yumm (100% fine wool; 250 yd / 229 m per 125g skein); color: Into the Fire; 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins, 500 (750, 750, 750, 1000, 1000, 1250) yd / 460 (690, 690, 690, 915, 915, 1145) m

I can’t wait to see some of your finished shrugs on Ravelry!

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I just wanted to let you all know that I finally spent some time updating my website. The homepage now has all of my published patterns listed (there are now pages for all the patterns and the menu sidebar has been updated too). I updated the Free Patterns webpage. I also updated my blog sidebar. I haven’t yet added Esmerelda (Ravelry link), but I will soon, after I release the 8th and final pattern instructions.  I also hope to add my other inventory to the site sometime soon…

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A Happy Halloween to one and all! (The pumpkin on the right is mine…)

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