September 30th, 20151
Join us October 10th
and 11th, 2015 at historic Patrick Ranch,
just two miles south of Chico, California
promises all sorts of fibery fun, including
fiber animals, sheep dog trials, sheep to
shawl competition, a great marketplace, and
More details here.
We'll have a booth, right across from the
yak. (The yak?)
September 16th, 20151
If you're local to the area of
Northern California near Sacramento or
don't mind a little driving,
be teaching my Whip Your Knits into
Shape class at Lambtown in Dixon, Ca on
If you have trouble with your
completed garments fitting well, this
three hour workshop will help immensely.
here to read the class details.
Register for this class
here and if you are interested
please don’t dally as registration
April 10th, 2014
three beautiful new designs to grace your
Maureen is a lovely, classic cardigan
with lots of textural interest.
Frida is a knitted version of the
ubiquitous Mexican peasant blouse.
Grandma's Hug Shrug is easy to knit and
a romantic style loaded with feminine charm.
Enjoy the new girls...
Sept 8, 2013
be giving her "Dress You Up" workshop on
Sept 28th, 2013 at FashionKnit in Walnut
and fabric to create a unique outfit that
you'll never see on anyone else. Learn how
to fit a knitted bodice to a fabric skirt
and end up with a beautiful dress. Apply
this idea to making casual summer dresses,
girls dresses, nighties and even a lovely
wedding gown! Guests will receive a kit and
make a child's dress in class.
Call to reserve your spot and for more
FashionKnit is located
at: 675 Ygnacio
Valley Rd. B102 Walnut Creek CA 94596
August 8, 2013
If you'll be in
California this Fall, come see us in person
at one of these shows:
-Dixon, Ca. October 5 & 6, 2013
Knit Lab - San Mateo, Ca. Oct 31st thru
Nov 3rd, 2013
May 12, 2013
We are so
pleased to announce the first of Joan's
video classes or Craftsy.com!
This one is
entitled "Feminine Fit" and is all about
getting the upper body of your sweaters to
fit like they were custom made for you.
Joan approaches this from the angle of
knitters who hate to do math and so
demonstrates a technique in which
alterations are done visually and math is
kept to a bare minimum.
Find out more here.
March 1, 2013
We are proud to introduce two new styles at
The first is
Gillian; a bamboo blend Tee that
features lovely floral duplicate stitch
Kate is our second new offering and she
is the kind of top that will take you to any
dressy event in elegant style.
October 22nd, 2012
just gotten word that Joan will be teaching
at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC, January
Among other classes, she'll
be teaching the very popular "Whip Your
Knits into Shape". Learn to tweak your knits
to fit your very own hills and valleys!
Class info and registration page is here.
July 5th, 2012
having a magazine give-away! Joan has
designs in several publications this summer
and we're giving copies away for free!
Just write to her at Whitelies at yahoo
dot com with "Enter me to win" in the
subject line and she'll add your name to the
drawing. Three winners will be chosen on
July 25th, so watch your inbox!
May 15th, 2012
August 2012 issue of Knit N Style magazine
features an excellent interview with Joan !
Learn about her design inspiration and how
she began creating knitwear. Pick up a
copy at your local newsstand.
issue of Vogue Knitting has a lovely lacy
warm-weather top design and pattern.
has a beautiful dress design featured in the
Spring/Summer issue of of Creative Knitting
Magazine. It mixes a knitted bodice with a
fabric skirt which makes a little knitting
go a long way.
Feb 5th, 2012
Join us at The Santa
Clara Convention Center for Stitches West !
The show takes place Feb 23rd thru the 26th.
We'll be in booth 207 where you can see our
lovely designs in person!
December 22nd, 2011
If you haven't yet
subscribed to our newsletter, you'll want to
do so to take advantage of our specials,
freebies and fashion tips. Sign up on our
The current issue of
Vogue Knitting (Winter 2011-12), features an
elegant pair of over-the-knee stockings
designed by Joan! These are special in that
they are knit on 2 needles, then seamed up
the back. the perfect thing for the DPN
Also, the winter issue of the
magazine Your Knitting Life (formerly
Knitting Today) will feature an article
by Joan on The Five Most Common Fitting
Problems in Sweater Knitting. Pick up
both magazines at your newsstand.
September 30th, 2011
It's Fall and time to
start planning your sweater projects for the
cool weather. But first things first! Have
you ever spent the time and money to knit
yourself a sweater and gone to try it on
only to find that for some reason or other
the fit was simply was not right?
Joan's Whip Your
Knits into Shape
workshop will guarantee that this will never
happen again. You will come away from this
class with a complete set of your own
measurements and a customized paper pattern
made from those measurements. This 6-hour
workshop will give you the tools,
information and confidence to successfully
tweak any knitting pattern to fit or to
design your own from scratch.
This workshop will take place on October
15th, 2011 at Hamilton Street Park in
Sacramento, Ca. The cost is $110 and
includes lunch. Call (916) 482-8377 to
register, get directions, or hear more info.
See the Arcade Creek Parks and Rec's Fall /
here for even more information.
September 2nd, 2011
will be in Portland, Oregon on September
16th for a book signing party for the new
My Grandmother's Knitting by Larissa
Brown. Joan contributed a vintage-inspired
design and a story about her own mother and
they way she and her sisters remained
fashionistas during the rationing of WW2.
There will be food, wine and karaoke in
addition to lots of yarny fiber fun! The
event takes place at
Andersen Fiber Works on Friday,
September 16th from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.
Then on Saturday September 17th, join
Joan for a full day of classes hosted by
Pico/Accuardi Dyeworks ! Learn how
to fit your own body perfectly with
Whip Your Knits into Shape, then apply
some of those techniques AND get started on
a pretty lace tee shirt in
Konquering Krista . Classes run from
9:30 am to 4:30 pm and are $55 each. Call
the Dyeworks at (503) 679-4634 for more info
and to register.
into Fall will be a pleasure with our two
romantic new jacket styles and a luxurious
The Emma Cardigan is a gorgeous
vintage-inspired cardigan with a generous
lace collar and a drawstring back for
adjusting the fit. Knit her up in our new
Cascade Pastaza, a toothsome blend of
Llama and wool.
The Rose Garden Jacket is the perfect
piece to cuddle down into with it's deep
shawl collar and full, gathered sleeves; it
is casual beauty at it's best.
June 21st, 2011
two lovely new styles to show you! First is
our pretty new Tee pattern,
Stephanie. Her edges are a lovely
dimensional lace pattern, fun to knit and
even more fun to wear!
And looking ahead
to fall is the
Gabrielle Vest. The neckline hugs the
back of your neck like a scarf; ideal for
underneath a jacket or coat.
See both of
these styles in person at
Summit at the Portland, Oregon
Convention Center, July 28th thru 30th!
We'll be there in booth 315. Can't wait to
Last but not least, our very
popular free pattern,
The Shapely Tank, is now available in
Italian, thanks to Maria Rosa
Spighetti (mariarosa72 on Ravelry).
Thanks for the translation, Maria!
March 22nd, 2011
In case you missed our
March workshop in Sacramento below, we'll be
doing another on April 16th!
This time it's all about lace in our Lace
Knitting Workshop. This is an expanded
version of our
Konquering Krista class. By the time
we're finished, students will be able to
read and execute a lace chart AND will have
learned how to tweak and fit the
Krista Tee to their very own bodies.
The workshop is from 10 am to 3 pm, and
lunch will be served.
happening now through the
Arcade Creek Parks and Recreation Department
web page. or you can call (916) 482-8377
for more information.
February 22nd, 2011
We are delighted to
announce that due to popular request, Joan
will be giving classes and workshops in the
Sacramento, California area beginning in
March. Check out the
Arcade Creek Parks and Recreation
Department's webpage for all the details
on her upcoming offerings, beginning with
her very popular "Whip Your Knits into
Shape" workshop on March 19th.
Registration begins immediately for this
excellent class and enrollment is limited to
14, so hurry and land your spot!
February 4th, 2011
we've survived the New Year and all the cold
weather, so we're looking forward to Spring!
With those early Spring days comes the
problem of leaving the house wearing warm
clothes, only to be too warm by the afternoon. Our
Adrienne Cardigan knit in 80% cotton/20%
wool blend solves that problem beautifully.
for fun, we've added a new item to our
The Kimber Bustier and Panty make a
lovely addition to your lingerie drawer or a
special surprise for a lucky gift recipient.
Lastly, don't forget to come by and see us
at Stitches West, February 17-20th at the
Santa Clara Convention Center. We'll be in
booth 701 up against the front wall. See you
November 10th, 2010
Having had much favorable feedback in regard
to our lovely,Springy
Zelda pullover, we decided to re-design
her for the Fall and Winter seasons as well.
Clarissa Cardigan! The
button front and long sleeves are a more
office-friendly option, but the curvy
stitchery and sassy puffed shoulder beg to
be taken out after work!
Keep an eye out
for the Winter issue of
Twist Collective. Joan will have a
pattern for a scrumptious new cardigan
published there in mid-November that you
will not want to miss!
October 5th, 2010
We are pleased to
designer Marleen van der Vorst! She is from
The Netherlands and designs some of the
loveliest shawls we've seen. Have a look at
her Lilacs in Spring stole for something
wonderful to knit for holiday gift giving or
better yet, to keep for yourself!
Speaking of fine
knitting, we are also thrilled to be
Cascade's new 220 Sport in seven lovely
colors with more to be added soon! At 164
yards and under $5 per skein, plus the
quality you know and love of the regular
Cascade 220, this one is hard to beat!
Sept 10th, 2010
Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF
for those in the know) September 25th and
26th, with our booth outside on the lawn.
If you’ve never been to this show and are
in or around Canby, Oregon on this weekend,
do try to stop by as it’s a fun show with
all kinds of animals to see, a great variety
of foods to try and of course, fibery
goodness of all types to browse and collect.
Workshops take place the 24th through
the 26th, and I will be teaching
Beading for Knits and Crochet for Knitters
on Friday the 24th. Both are
worthwhile classes if you’d like to explore
adding depth to your knitting with some new
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June 28, 2010
If you're in or
around Scotland, UK and a fan of White Lies
Designs, be sure and sign up for classes
with Joan at the UK Knit Camp event this
August 9th thru the 14th!
British Yarns, Knit Camp will be a
wonderful, yarny event with a marketplace,
classes by world famous designers and
teachers, and fun, fibery field trips.
May 12, 2010
We've been working hard on some new designs
for Spring and they're here for you to enjoy
Carmella is a lovely tunic-length
cardigan that flatters with it's
princess-line lace inserts and flounced 3/4
length sleeves. Knit in our new
Cascade Ultra-Pima cotton, it's elegant
shape is rivaled only by it's cool comfort.
Olivia is a pretty empire-waisted tee
that goes anywhere on pretty much any-body.
Flattering to a multitude of body shapes,
the sweetheart neckline and fluttery sleeves
promise a beautiful way to beat Summer's
December 2, 2009
Lots of great things coming up at White Lies Designs!
On Dec 15th, Joan will be chatting live with Marly on her Yarn Thing Podcast! Listeners will be able to chat with her via internet or phone. Click the link above for times and more information.
With the holidays coming up, don't forget that White Lies Designs offers Gift Certificates for easy gift giving (or getting!).
Some very exciting travel news, in July 2012 Joan will be teaming up with the Alpine Adventure Agency to offer one of the most exciting knitting vacations here or abroad! We'll be off to the Italian Alps for ten fun, food, and fiber-filled days. Click the link above for all the details.
Last but not least, we're featuring a new series on our blog to help with integrating our styles into your own wardobe seamlessly. It's the White Lies Designs Styling Guide which we'll be updating frequently with new ideas and suggestions for coordinating the garments you make with what you buy or what you may already own.
July 7, 2009
Joan has been presenting many fun and informative classes this year! Interested in having her for a workshop event at your local yarn store or guild? Click here for a list of classes available and further details.
Are you a fan of Debbie Macomber and her Blossom Street series? Her newest, "Summer on Blossom Street" contains a quote from Joan on page 187! Email us with the first three words from the quote, your name and email address before August 1st. Your entry will go into a drawing to win a White Lies Designs pattern and a copy of one of Annie Modesitt's brilliant little Flip technique books!
May 23, 2009
If you'll be in or around Shipshewana, IN June 5-7th, I'd love to see you at the Camp Iwannaknit machine/hand knitters retreat!
I'll be teaching some great classes along with Susan Guagliumi, Michaelle Teasley, Heather Thompson and Anna McClellan.
There is still room in most classes, so check it out!
April 18, 2009
We’re planning a trip to Portland, OR this May!
Join Joan at Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks the evening of May 13th for her "Whip Your Knits into Shape" class!
If you’re a difficult fit, this class is for you. Adding designer shaping touches to your knitted garments is easy once you know a few simple rules and how to apply them. Flatter your figure by shaping any garment as you knit it. Darts, ease, and short row shaping are all important elements for a custom fit. Learn which ones to use to play up your specific body type to it’s best advantage. Students will come away with a complete set of their own body measurements and the skills needed to customize knits to fit their shape.
Call (503) 258-9276 to make your reservation.
White Lies Designs will also be at the Spring Knit & Crochet Show at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Oregon, May 14-17, 2009.
Come and enjoy classes, workshops and a market brimming full of knitty goodness!
We’ll be in booth # 28 and look forward to seeing you there!
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