This guest blog was written by my old friend, Charlene Shafer. Many of you know Charlene from her dozens and dozens of books and patterns and The Knit Knack Shop, which she and her husband, Harold (superb repairman!), have run for about 35 years. They also hold one of THE best seminars in the country every year in the spring so get on the mailing list!

I promise you, I am not abandoning this blog, but am still recovering from some fairly extensive back surgery last month. I’m doing great – just tired and still on the mend and planning to be back at work by the end of the summer! In the meantime, I am grateful for talented friends like Charlene (and Nancy Roberts last time) stepping in to help keep these pages filled.

Click here Stitch Analysis for Charlene’s excellent info!


  1. Barb Bankord on August 8, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Susan! Wishing you a very speedy recovery! Barb, Silver Needles Electric Cone Yarn Winders, our Sizzling Summer Sale ends August 23’17.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 8, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks so much – each day is a little better than the last – progress!

  2. Kelly on August 8, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Get well soon Susan and rest up. x

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 8, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks – it has been a long month but it is better every day!

  3. Angelika on August 8, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Oh my goodness! I bet the hardest part is NOT doing all the things you are usually up to your eyeballs in. So glad you are recovering well; wishing you patience and a wonderful, full recovery!

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

      You are SO right! Very hard to just lie aroound and recover when I have so much I want to be doing! Finallly actualllly paid someone to come weed and deadhead the gardens!!

  4. Bente Thomassen on August 9, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I hope you get a speedy recovery

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thanks so much – doing great!!

  5. Arlene McFadden on August 9, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Be well

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Thanks – am following doctors’ orders to the letter!

  6. Sue ereio on August 9, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Susan I am so sorry to hear of of your back surgery! I pray you recover quickly and get to what you love…knitting and gardening.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 9, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks! It hasn’t been easy but not nearly as bad as I had feared! After the way I have been directing Arthur this last month on how to fold laundry or when to pull out the vacuuum I just might have a career as a movie director! 🙂