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March 3, 2018

We are pleased to announce the offering of our own private label cashmere!

This lovely yarn is fingering weight, put up in 437 yard, 50 gram skeins. One ball is enough for one of our beautiful lace scarves. Your Spring wardrobe will thank you!


September 30th, 20151

Join us October 10th and 11th, 2015 at historic Patrick Ranch, just two miles south of Chico, California for Fiber-Fusion!

This event promises all sorts of fibery fun, including fiber animals, sheep dog trials, sheep to shawl competition, a great marketplace, and much more!

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,
I will be teaching my Whip Your Knits into Shape class at Lambtown in Dixon, Ca on October 4th!

If you have trouble with your completed garments fitting well, this three hour workshop will help immensely.

Scroll down here to read the class details.

Register for this class here and if you are interested please don’t dally as registration closes soon!

April 10th, 2014

We have three beautiful new designs to grace your needles!

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

Joan will be giving her "Dress You Up" workshop on Sept 28th, 2013 at FashionKnit in Walnut Creek, Ca!

Combine yarn 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 info: 925-943-3994

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:

Lambtown -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!

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 WLD!

The first is Gillian; a bamboo blend Tee that features lovely floral duplicate stitch embroidery.

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

We've just gotten word that Joan will be teaching at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC, January 18-20, 2013!

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

We're 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

The 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.

The summer issue of Vogue Knitting has a lovely lacy warm-weather top design and pattern.

Joan also 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 homepage.

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 impaired!

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 / Winter brochure here for even more information.


September 2nd, 2011

Joan will be in Portland, Oregon on September 16th for a book signing party for the new publication 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.

August 11th, 2011

Easing into Fall will be a pleasure with our two romantic new jacket styles and a luxurious new yarn!

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

We have 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 Sock Summit at the Portland, Oregon Convention Center, July 28th thru 30th! We'll be there in booth 315. Can't wait to see you!

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).
See her webpage at .  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.

Registration is 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

Well, 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 new Adrienne Cardigan knit in 80% cotton/20% wool blend solves that problem beautifully.

Just for fun, we've added a new item to our lingerie section. 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 there!

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. Enter the 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 introduce  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 carrying 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

We’ll be at the 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 techniques.


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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!

 Hosted by 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 now! 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 heat.

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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