Happy Birthday!

I don't usually make a big deal about birthdays (especially mine) but I thought it might be a fun change of pace!  I hope you won't think me too conceited ;)

Grateful

I have so much to be thankful for this year, and such wonderful things to look forward to in the coming year.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my mom was diagnosed with kidney cancer in October, underwent surgery, all in a matter of 10 days, and is now cancer free and recovering brilliantly!  My daughter started preschool this year, and much to everyone's surprise, she loves it so much and doesn't even mind being away from me twice a week!  My son is doing very well in first grade where he seems to know everyone in the whole school (he's such a social butterfly!) and has started basketball with a really excellent youth league.  And my husband just accepted an excellent new job in Kansas City, so we're currently in the middle of relocating there!  My best friend from college and her family live in the area, so I'm so excited that we'll be getting to see more of them very soon!




Designing

My designing endeavors have been very fruitful this past year too--I have hit the 20 pattern mark of self-published designs on Ravelry, 12 of which are also available on the Knit Picks website along with the yarn they call for.  I had my very first 3rd party pattern published recently in Interweave's new book Garter Stitch Revival.  (You can purchase the digital download now, and print copies will be available early next year--my contribution is called Be True Fingerless Mitts).  I also have two more published designs coming out next year--one with Knit Picks Publishing and another with a big yarn company! I started creating stitch markers over the summer and was so excited to be able to sell them in partnership with my local yarn shop - McKinney Knittery during the DFW Yarn Crawl event in August and again at STITCHES, TX in September.  Ginger has even started carrying some of my printed patterns, which is still extremely exciting to see when I go to our weekly knitting circle at the shop!  And I was invited to be a part of the DFW Designers Collection (my pattern Featheround is the featured knit along for January!) It's been such a fantastic year; it's almost hard to believe that next year could be even better!  We're so excited for the new adventure we're going to be embarking on, and I can't wait to share all about it with you here!

The Next Beautiful Thing

My sweet friend Carolyn Macpherson, who is herself a knitting designer and podcaster of The Next Beautiful Thing, graciously invited me for an "interview" on her podcast (and let me choose today, as it's my birthday!)  You can hear all about it on her latest episode.Thank you so much for helping me celebrate! Best wishes to you during this season of gratitude!

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