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October 22, 2002

We've had a busy and creative summer at White Lies Designs and would like to introduce some new items on the site...

Knitted bags and totes are becoming quite popular and there have been many requests for leather handles. In response to this we've designed our own tubular leather handles in two lengths and four colors. They are a beautiful and sturdy finishing touch for your knitting.

We've been working on our own line of hand dyed yarns and the first of our colors are ready to unveil!  An easy pullover shell pattern in a huge range of sizes or easy sock pattern is our free gift included with every yarn purchase of Treasure Island Cotton or River City Superwash.

Vintage dressing has turned from a fad into a long term fashion trend.

Two of Spring 2003's magazines will feature interpretations of vintage knitting designs by Joan. Look to Interweave Knits and Cast On to include these sleek sweater-girl knits.

In addition, she has written an article on working with vintage patterns to appear in the same issue of Cast On.

Joan's Patterns of the Past group on Yahoo!Groups has printable files with free vintage knitting patterns from many eras, as well as other interesting info. To join, click here.

We will, as always, be at Stitches in Oakland, February 2003 with new styles and items.

It pleases us to announce that we will have a booth for the first time at  the TKGA National Convention at Burbank in March of 2003. Joan will also be teaching a class on Plus Sized Knitting! Sign up early, as spots are already filling for this event.

May 13, 2002

Summer is almost upon us, and Joan has been busy designing and writing for your favorite publications!

The summer issue of Interweave Knits magazine features a handsome men's linen/cotton blend pullover inspired by her husband Mike. It's an easy-to-knit and comfortable style sure to please the man in your life.

Knitters Magazine summer issue contains two of Joan's felted bag designs! One is a sturdy tote, the next a retro-inspired shoulder bag; both are simple and fast using mitered squares.

Included in the summer issue of Cast On magazine is the second of three parts in Joan's "Size Matters" series for plus-sized knitters. In this installment, she guides the reader in sizing up a simple tee shirt body to fit and flatter the ample form.

In other news, we will be at the Fiber Fair at Lambtown in Dixon, California on Saturday,July 27, 2002. Joan will be showing her designs and teaching classes. for more information.

March 20, 2002

Stitches West was great! It was wonderful to meet so many of you in person that we've known online.

The hit of the show was our new retro-inspired style called "Myrna". It has a fabulous 40's flavor that is just right for today and has been interpreted in luxurious 100% alpaca.

Another new addition to our line premiered in the fashion show and got excellent reviews! " Mood Indigo" is a flowy jacket/sundress set that includes our new hand dyed yarn and matching fabric. Beautiful as well as practical for the upcoming summer months.

Also, we've added children's fashions to our line! The "Leaf and Cable Dress/Short Set" for girls and the unisex "Grape Jelly Snowflake Pullover" will make you wish you had little ones to knit for or feel glad that you do..

Joan's Vintage Knitting class was  so exciting and has spawned a new discussion group at Yahoo!
This group is being formed to facilitate the discussion and trading of vintage knitting patterns and magazines from 1870-1975.
Also discussed may be techniques for finishing, sources for patterns,yarns, and trims, and incorporating Retro styles into a modern wardrobe.
Join with this link:
Click to subscribe to patternsofthepast

You may have noticed our new look, provided to us by the lovely and talented Brenda Zuk of Needle Beetle. We love it and hope you do too!

February 1, 2002

WOW, what a busy time here at WLD headquarters...
Stitches West is fast approaching. We are looking forward to seeing all our knitting friends at our booth. Joan's Vintage Knitting class is sold out, what a great compliment to her. (Look for more classes next year.) We will have an expanded line this year ... more patterns, more yarn, more books ... more is better, right?!

Classes... The beginning knitting class was a smashing success, what a motivated bunch of new knitters! Two more sets of classes will be starting soon and is looking like another sell-out success. The next classes will be Beginning Knitting starting on March 13th and Intermediate Knitting starting on March 14th. Contact the Arcade Creek Recreation and Parks Department in Sacramento, CA. Call (916)482-8377 for complete information.

Publications... Joan's most recent designs and articles will be hitting the newsstands soon... watch for The Spring 2002 Issue of Knitters Magazine, the Summer 2002 issue of Interweave Knits, and the Spring '02 issue of Cast On at your favorite newsstand or bookstore. In fact, the next three issues of Cast On will include a series of articles written by Joan on the subject of knitting for plus-sizes, appropriately titled "Size Matters".

December 1, 2001

of New News this time!!!
.... (Webmaster's note, sorry it's been so long since an update but you will see when you check out the site how much work we've done! PLUS Joan has been so busy with new designs and projects...)

Retro Beaded Twin Set-
If you blinked you may have missed this curvy jacket/shell set in the September '01 issue of Knitnet. We have special sale pricing on the kit! Click here to inquire.

Show Schedule-
We'll have a booth again this year at Stitches West in Oakland, February 21-24, 2002 in Oakland, CA.

Classes!!! Joan will be making the foray into teaching and has some wonderful classes planned!
Beginning January 9th and 10th, 2002 Joan will give Beginners and Advanced Beginners knitting classes through the Arcade Creek Recreation and Parks Department in Sacramento, CA. Call (916)482-8377 for complete information.

At Stitches West 2002, Joan will be giving a class entitled "Vintage Knitting". Students will learn to update wonderful old patterns and inspirations from bygone eras to utilize modern yarns and fit them into today's wardrobe.Call Jen Johnson at XRX, Inc. (800)722-2558 for registration information.

Upcoming designs/publications-
The Spring 2002 Issue of Knitters Magazine will include a pair of accessory designs by Joan.
A casual men's style inspired by none other than her webmaster (!) will be featured in the Summer 2002 issue of Interweave Knits.
Also, to be included in the Spring '02 issue of Cast On is an article by Joan on Ample knitting, a subject near and dear to her heart.

It's no secret to the Lace Knitter's List that Myrna Stahman (author of Stahman's Shawls and Scarves) with be authoring a second publication entitled Variations on a Theme. Joan is honored to be making contributions to that book as well, tentatively slated for release in late 2002.

New Shapely Options series-
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to our free Shapely Tank and Tee patterns, Joan has developed a series of styles based on the excellent-fitting Shapely body. The first two of the series, "Laura" and "Tied-Up Tee" are in the Ladies Pullover category. Kits are available for both styles and are priced attractively. Stay tuned for more additions to the series...

New Accessories-
We've added the kit and pattern for the very popular Counterpanes-to-Go purse that appeared in the Summer 1999 issue of Knitter's magazine to our accessory category.
We also have a wonderful new tote with rigid sides and genuine leather handles. Check out our Snowflake Tote for a quick-to-knit project that will amaze your friends!
(Snowflake Tote has been discontinued August 2003)


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