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Friday, June 18, 2010

Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection - New Yarn

Yarn shop owners visited novelist and knitter, Debbie Macomber, at last week’s TNNA show in Colombus, Ohio. (The National Needlework Association is a trade show for retail buyers to come see all the new yarns, fibers and fabrics, new books and more.) There she introduced her new yarn line called Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection and signed pattern sheets featuring selected patterns from the first 3 knit and crochet pattern books. All will be available in shops this fall.

The show booth was abloom with fabulous colors and yarns aptly named after flowers like Rosebud and Wild Meadow. My favorite yarn is Cashmere Fleur De Lys. So soft! My favorite yarn name? Any or all of them; I love all flowers and loved all the yarns too. Debbie was a lot of fun; she’s a bundle of energy and truly enjoys spending time with fellow knitters and yarn shop owners. When she’s traveling, she visits yarn shops and typically leaves with more yarn for her stash. She has a yarn shop too, in Port Orchard, Washington. Can you imagine how fabulous it would be to have an office right above a yarn shop? When you need a break you can just go downstairs to the shop and knit for awhile.

Retailers are placing their orders now, so be sure and visit your local yarn shop this fall and ask about Debbie’s new yarns from Universal Yarn - Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection - and her new knit and crochet pattern books from Leisure Arts. (Yes, of course you will be in your yarn shop many times before fall. We’ll give you another reminder later.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Show and Tell

Show and Tell – well that’s what we call it anyway.It is the time of month when our talented hard working production team gets to show offthe latest and greatest in Leisure Arts publications!

We are always anxious to see what they will bring. I want to share two new books with you. The first book, Oxmoor House Publications, is available now and it is the 12thin its series- Gooseberry Patch Christmas #12. This best selling series is chock full of recipes, entertaining, sewing and crafts.

Coming soon from Leisure Arts and Amy Gaines, creature designer extraordinare is Little Knitted Creatures”. They are adorable. The book features 23 creatures in all : a woodland set, a garden gnome, a birdhouse with birds and much more. Aren’t they cute? This book will be available in August. Mark it on your calendar!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Birthday Gifts from Philly

Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I am a Philly girl through and through. I am super picky about my cheesesteaks (provolone, wit!) and the memory of a city gone wild when the Phillies won the 1980 World Series is seared into my mind forever. I have 3 friends with similar birthdays and this year I scored with this cute Phillies baseball shirt I found on a recent trip to my favorite city of brotherly love.

Here's how I wrapped one of them along with a tin of tea, using a variation of the Single Handle Wrap found on page 46 of The Wrapping Scarf Revolution.

First fold the t-shirt so that it is a nice solid piece instead of all bendy wendy.

Then place items on the diagonal in the center of a small size wrap and tie opposite corners in a square knot (a secure double knot).

Bring the other 2 corners together and tie a snug half knot which is just the first part of a double knot.

Bring those corners together and tie a square knot to make a little handle. Presto you're done!
Any Phillies fans out there?

Cheers to you and Happy Wrapping to all!
xo Patricia

Friday, June 4, 2010

Good Buzz about Debbie Macomber!

There were books, books and more books being introduced at this year’s BEA and one of our all-time favorite authors, Debbie Macomber, was certainly at the center of the excitement.

Debbie’s new novel, Hannah’s List, from Harlequin, and the companion Knit Along with Debbie Macomber pattern book, from Leisure Arts were showing front and center! Hannah’s List is the latest novel from the popular Blossom Street series and Debbie has been on tour for the past 4 weeks introducing the sequel and meeting her devoted readers. If you haven’t read her novels, start with The Shop on Blossom Street, and you’ll most certainly see why people wanted “more of the story!” Debbie doesn’t just write about knitting - she truly is a knitter and shares with you things you will really want to make. If you haven’t been doing any knitting lately, pick up any of her pattern books and get inspired to join in the fun.

Soon there will be more pattern books from Debbie Macomber featuring her new yarn line, Blossom Street Collection, to debut this fall. Yes! Her new yarn line!

New Debbie yarns from Universal…

New Debbie pattern books from Leisure Arts…

New Debbie novels from Harlequin…

There is even more New to come inspired by the delightful knit lover, Debbie Macomber. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Star Struck in the Big Apple

Last week I winged my way toward NYC for the Book Expo America show (BEA) to share with the book world our latest and greatest books in the creative, crafty arena. While I was enjoying my lay over in Chicago, I gave the Late Show with David Letterman a call to see if they had a standby ticket for little ole me for the taping that afternoon. Well, they did but I was #50 on the list and I had to be at 53rd and Broadway no later than 3:30. I was scheduled to land at LaGuardia Airport at 2:14, which I actually did! But the traffic just wasn’t on my side (or so I thought). By the time I made it by the hotel on 31st Street, checked in, dropped my bag, and grabbed a cab uptown I was about 20 minutes late to the Ed Sullivan Theatre. The cute little girl managing the line must have been new – she was so sweet. She went to check but the answer was no, they weren’t letting me in.

I was disappointed but decided to hang around the stage door on 53rd Street. Sarah Jessica Parker was the scheduled guest and two friendly Aussie gals told me she had already entered. So I hung around talking to them and others that began to gather. The official paparazzi began to arrive as well. Finally, about an hour later, she emerged! The screaming and pushing was a little overwhelming but I stood my ground. After SJP gave the paparazzi a wave and a bow she crossed 53rd Street and waltzed right up to our group of fans patiently standing behind the barrier. She was friendly and ever-so-kindly signed autographs pushed her way. With the crowd pressing in, I ended up with a lot of sidewalk shots and tops of heads but am especially pleased with this one.

So, you see, if I had gotten into the theatre I would have missed out on the up close, star experience and talking to all those other folks from other parts of the country and world. What a great way to start my visit to New York City!

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