In the meantime, I'm really starting to look forward to October! Not only is there Rhinebeck, but the weekend before that is Stitches East in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Knitgrrl's Guide to Professional Knitwear Design and owner of Cooperative Press, an indie publishing company that puts out lovely knitting books. I'm interested in the class, which discusses how to take what you see in stores and on runways and recreate it in your own knitting designs, but I'd also really just like to meet her. Although learning to weave would be pretty cool, too. Decisions! Anyone going to Stitches?
Also, in truly excellent news, Craftsy members can use a coupon code to get 20% off of Stitches class fees or 50% off market price admission! For those unfamiliar, Craftsy is a craft-related website dedicated to not just knitting but sewing, quilting, cake decorating, jewelry making, paper crafts, you name it. Its biggest draw, in my opinion, are the classes it offers itself. I've signed up for four classes, two of which were free, and two were purchased at half price through various sales and special offers:
pattern store there, too, as well as my design-related projects listed. It's a new-ish site so they are constantly evolving and updating features, but I found that the easiest way to add a project to the site is to go to the pattern page for a design and click the "+Add a finished project" button. For a while you couldn't see which projects were made from which Craftsy patterns, but this seems to have fixed that.
Do you use Craftsy? Just Ravelry? Any other social-media-knitting-related-sites? Do you buy hardcopies of patterns from festivals or yarn stores?