Monthly Archives: February 2017

Insider Tips: Showing at Printsource

Hello Blog Readers,

Thanks for stopping by! We recently exhibited at Printsource NYC in January with my art collective, Finch & Foxglove, and I wanted to share with you my experience in case you're trying to figure out what tradeshow is best for your work.

- Why Printsource? -
Printsource NYC is known for having apparel industry buyers attend the show to purchase prints for upcoming collections. We have several artists in Finch & Foxglove who have great patterns for apparel, accessories, and home decor and we thought their work would be better served by exhibiting at Printsource (as an alternative to Surtex for example).

- What was it like to exhibit at Printsource? -
The show is 2 days. The venue is cozy and the atmosphere was relaxed, professional and friendly. I found it to be more comfortable than Surtex which can be visually/energetically overwhelming at times. The booths are smaller in general than at Surtex and the prices are more reasonable for the emerging artist.

- What to bring? And, how to sell your work on the show floor. -
Buyers that came to our booth ranged from small one-person shops to mega corporations. This meant we had to be ready for anything! Our exhibit consisted of hanging indoor vinyl banners, covered tables, and lots of prints both printed on paper and on fabric! We had promotional materials to give to potential clients and we had a way of collecting their information to follow up with them.

Selling on the show floor is thrilling! Be ready to take orders with a receipt book so clients have something to take with them as proof of the purchase. Many take the physical paper print with them along with their receipt of purchase. If you're selling digital prints, as most of us are, be ready to send files within 24 to 48 hours. This takes a leap of faith in many cases. We're taught not to give raw files until we're paid, but very few clients paid in cash on the show floor. The rest paid through invoices. Almost all clients wanted to buy the work outright (rather than do category licensing or category buyouts). Be ready with prices that you'll be happy with and don't show work you don't want to sell!

- Closing Thoughts -
Overall, I really enjoyed Printsource and will definitely exhibit there again. I found the level of clientele matched our work really well and we came away with lots of sales. Compared with Surtex,  which is more of a licensing tradeshow, income from licensing can be slow to trickle in and the initial expense is prohibitive for many emerging artists. Sales from Printsource were either immediately paid or paid within a month of the exhibit (we had just 1 exception to this due to the negotiation process).

Review: Garter Stitch Revival

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First, the facts:

Title: Garter Stitch Revival: 20 Creative Knitting Patterns Featuring the Simplest Stitch

Curated by: Kerry Bogert

Published by: Interweave Press, 2016

Pages: 143

Type: Patterns


Chapter One: Garter Stitch Details
Chapter Two: Garter Stitch in a Supporting Role
Chapter Three: Garter Stitch All Over

KS: Garter Stitch Revival

The In-Depth Look:

I hate to say, but I was a little disappointed by this book.

NOT, let me hasten to say, because the designs aren’t perfectly nice. They are. The assortment of sweaters and accessories is attractive and wearable, nothing really to be objected to.

The designers featured are well known and talented, and the garments featured aren’t something I can imagine anyone turning away from their wardrobe.

The problem? It’s right there in the chapter titles–for a book called “Garter Stitch Revival,” two-thirds of the designs have very little garter stitch.

The first section has six designs that use garter stitch as a design element– a little at the cuff, an accent, an aid for shaping. The second chapter has more garter stitch–a greater proportion of each design using the collection’s signature stitch–but it’s not until the third chapter that we get patterns that use garter stitch as the primary stitch. Seven designs.

While I do like most of the designs in this collection, this proportion bothers me. It feels like marketing a cookbook for salt-lovers because every recipe uses salt … even though in everything except the salted caramel and the pretzel recipe, it’s hidden in the stew or the cake as a background element.

Garter stitch is hard. It’s the first stitch most of us learn, and we are often so eager to get past it to the nice, smooth Stockinette stitch, and to the fancier cables and lace, it gets a bum rap. It’s not easy to sell a collection devoted to what too many knitters think of as a beginner’s stitch. I do understand that it’s easier to promote patterns that use it as an accent … it just seems like a collection promoting itself as “reviving” garter stitch should actually take its own goals more seriously.

It’s got good patterns, this book. It just doesn’t have the emphasis I was expecting. (Not like, say, Knit One, Knit All by the legendary Elizabeth Zimmermann.

Please do check it out, though. Even if I thought it was a little light on garter stitch, the patterns are still worth looking at.

Want to see bigger pictures? Click here.

This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!

My Gush: Just okay

The Magic of Movies…

Because today, February 26 is Oscar night I thought I’d post about my movie memories of Martha’s Vineyard.

Movies have been a big part of Island entertainment since the early 1900′s.

The Island Theatre (Eagle Theatre) circa 1910.In 1927 the Island Theatre in Oak Bluffs was showing the talkie ‘Wings’ starring the ‘It girl’, Clara Bow.  The price of admission was 50 cents on a Saturday night, 30 cents if you sat in the balcony.

At one time there were as many as 8 theatres down-Island… of those only the Island, The Strand and The Capawock remain.

Unfortunately the Island theatre  has been condemned and is likely to be demolished.  Sad to see a place of so many memories fading away… or as they say in the movie busines ‘fade to black.’


The Strand (2009) – Oak Bluffs has been refurbished and had a grand re-opening a couple of years ago. (CLICK HERE to read Vineyard Gazette article).


The Capawock (1996) – Vineyard Haven has also been refurbished and re-opened in May 2015.  (CLICK HERE to read Vineyard Gazette article).

For me, as a summer kid on the Vineyard in the 1950′s, a night at the movies was a very big deal. The movies I remember the clearest are the musicals, like “Summer Stock” with Judy Garland, and “Showboat” with Howard Keel.

But before even getting to the theatre there was a stop at …

…Darling’s on Circuit Ave for popcorn. A bag would be fine for an afternoon treat but for going to the movies the choice was always a popcorn bar in such flavors as chocolate, strawberry,vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch.

After the ‘show’ a stop at the Frosty Cottage on Circuit Ave for a pistachio ice cream cone finished off the evening.

Many nights on the way home I morphed into a singing, dancing movie star…at least in my head 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match…

The prompt: This week, share a photo of a satisfying pairing from your own life. You should by no means limit yourself to edible stuff — You can mix and match places, people, objects, and activities that represent your idea of a harmonious, pleasing combination.


You might find this match on a dressing table…


… but it makes a better match as a salt & pepper shaker set 🙂


And then there’s my favorite sandwich.. lobster, mayo, celery on a split roll with fries.. a classic New England match.


(Early) Spring Cleaning! Books etc for sale

My mom likes to rearrange her (very heavy) furniture all the time. We’re talking not just a couch or chairs, but antique sideboards and display cabinets filled with her collections.

Frankly, I’m fine with the idea of it; she really enjoys rearranging stuff. However, she had back surgery last year (she did heal up great), and has bad knees, and I worry that she’ll hurt herself. I can’t make her stop. She’s very stubborn.

My husband would note that I am too. And I’ll sheepishly admit that the only reason I don’t do a lot of rearranging is that, in our small house, I’ve already determined the optimal layout of furniture for each room.

Having said that, my tendencies are towards decluttering and downsizing. I’m especially good at decluttering when I’m supposed to be working on something else. Productive procrastination!

Regardless, here’s what I have for sale. US/APO shipping only; your choice media, parcel or priority, actual shipping to be charged (prices below do not include shipping).

I have some freebies I’ll be tossing in for the first few orders totaling more than $30 (not including shipping).

If you’d like to purchase anything, please email me!

Knit Picks Collections (links included for your info to see the patterns included)
Celtic Journey $9.99 (list 14.99) (2 copies available) (I’ll also send you a code for the current version of Flidais, top of post, on Ravelry)
Twist and Tweed $14.99 (list 24.99)
Creative Color $14.99 (list 24.99)
Petite Presents $14.99 (list 24.99)
Under 200 $14.99 (list 24.99)
Joyful Lace $14.99 (list 24.99)

The Wild West Collection (I’ll gift you the PDF on Ravelry as well if you purchase one of these)
Vol 2: Cables $19.99 (list 22.95)
Vol 3: Stranded  $13.99 (list 17.95)
Vol 4: Textured $13.99 (list 16.95)

Aran Lace DVD $12 (reduced!) plus Ravelry code for one of my Aran Lace cowl patterns (Artemisia Cowl, Achillea Cowl, Coast Oak Cowl, or Applejack Cowl)

Women’s size large wooden sock blockers: $20/pair. Multiple pairs available.

There are still a couple copies of Hitch and California Revival Knits on Amazon. If you purchase them from me (look for me (Stephannie Tallent) as the seller, or a line in the description stating “Please message me if you’d like your copy signed. Thanks!”), I’ll gift the PDF to you on Ravelry as well. (I’m sorry, if you purchase the book(s) from someone else, I can’t honor this.)

Still Waiting

Waiting for winter, waiting for spring, waiting to see if my ewes are bred. If they are, they’re not telling.  If they aren’t, they are getting pretty fat anyway.










I’ve been organizing my lambing supplies and ordering what I need, just in case. I’ve also been trying not to bother them too much, though that isn’t as easy.  I want to keep my hands on them to make sure they’re gaining enough weight, and checking their mucous membranes for signs of anemia. So far, everything seems okay, but one thing I’ve learned is to never count on it staying that way!

Last year’s baby chicks are finally starting to lay and/or crow, and I’m dreaming of ducklings now. I won’t order any chicks, but if one of our hens decides to go broody, I’ll put together a little maternity ward and hatch some eggs that way.

Signs of spring are definitely everywhere. The buds are really popping on the trees, and daffodils and forsythia are blooming everywhere. Mine are a little bit behind, owing to our little micro-climate in our hollow. It’s tough not to be out every day prepping the garden beds and getting the seeds started, but it’s only February.  Winter has been known to come back and smack us hard in March, so I’m not counting on this warmer weather to last reliably.  I have been out covering over troublesome weed areas with cardboard and feed bags, though. The war against weeds knows no winter!

I’ve also been cleaning up my beehive components and getting them ready for new occupants.  For Valentine’s Day Paul ordered me a new colony set to arrive in April from a local source. It’ll be so good to have bees again! I’m debating moving them a bit closer to the house and away from the neighbor who sprayed bifenthrin all over their property the summer before my previous colony failed. They haven’t done so since, and I’m hoping they won’t again.

On cooler days I’ve been trying to catch up on making stock from the leftover chicken carcasses from dinners. I’ve been keeping them frozen until I had a chance to let them slow cook, and whenever I can, I put them on the stove in my giant  pot and make up gallons of stock. It’s one of the most satisfying things to make in your kitchen!

Despite the warmer temperatures, Pussy Hats have been flying off my needles. I’m on my fourth at the moment, and keep getting requests for more. I’m more than happy to oblige, though I realize I could have finished my Chimney Fire sweater a few times over by now!  It is gratifying though to have smaller projects that work up quickly and are portable enough to bring to appointments during the week.

Maybe my sweater will be done before winter is, but it’s not looking like it. Secretly (or not…), I AM still hoping for one good wallop of snow before spring.

Fingers crossed.




Tagged: Farm, Garden, Knitting, Pets, Seasons

The Last Post…

Through Jersey Eyes blog will be ending sometime soon so this is my last post.You can still follow me however on my blog WWW.MVOBSESSION.COM  (click here)

I have enjoyed the past 8 years of sharing my photographs and want to thank all who have followed me, I really appreciate it.

And so the sun sets on Through Jersey Eyes.

Although it is not a bitter end for this blog I thought a photograph of the Bitter End nightclub that was in New York City for many years would be appropriate  🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: Against The Odds…

This week, share a photo that says “against the odds.


In a weed filled lot on a street corner in the city… against all odds this feisty flower bloomed…


Required Reading

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Ooh–good question! What books have you been required to read that you ended up loving?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

Valentine’s Day…