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  1. Ingrid
    01/31/2008 at 8:48 PM

    Hi Tess,

    I hope to attend your Friday classes. You and Sandy are the women who encourage me to continue my knitting. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have learned sock and baby sweater knitting! You are a wonderful teacher and your patience is much appreciated. Thank you!


  2. Mary Ann
    05/05/2008 at 7:51 PM


    I have been meaning to get online and thank you for your help the night at the Forestry Center to hear the Yarn Harlot speak. You really straightened me out on doing increases and saved my sanity. Doing the yarn overs and then knitting them off, is such a simple way. It is so nice to learn this early in my sock knitting venture.

    Thanks again,
    Mary Ann

  3. Trish Frazier
    06/01/2008 at 4:26 PM


    I just wanted to let you know how much my friend, Julie and I enjoyed the lacy scarf with beads class yesterday. It was fun even with the beads falling on the floor. I am planning to give this as a Christmas gift to my niece. It’s a good thing I am starting now. Right now I am slow but hoping that I will get the technique down and become a little faster.
    We are hoping that the Baby Surprise Sweater will be offered again as our summer plates are too full for it now.
    Thanks again for being such a supportive instructor.


  4. 06/03/2008 at 10:22 AM

    Thank you Trish! that made my day. Maybe my week! TH

  5. Sheryl
    09/02/2008 at 3:20 PM

    With all the craziness that is the February Lady Sweater (check it out on Ravelry), I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents re: the buttonhole. The FLS gives a link on the pattern for on-line help for a reversible one-row buttonhole. Well, I went there, got frustrated, and thought I’d just refer to one of Tess’s tutorials on buttonholes. Well, both the online help, and the tutorial were both saying the same thing, but the instructions from Tess were WAY easier to understand and execute. Leave it to an engineer to give you top notch instructions! I highly recommend Tess for a tutorial if you ever run into problems. You will leave with a complete grasp of the issue.
    Thanks Tess. My buttonholes are now a breeze!!

  6. emily foster
    09/11/2008 at 5:59 PM

    Hi Tess, I have just started checking out your webpage….it’s great. I am signing up for your class on Mondays at Garden Home….You are the best knitting teacher ever….so patient and so helpful! Emily

  7. 09/13/2008 at 7:08 AM

    Hi Emily! Thanks so much for the compliments! Coming from someone who spends all day with kindergartners (and administration!) that really means a lot! 🙂

  8. Charley
    10/23/2008 at 9:35 AM

    Hello Tess
    Neat website. Love Ya

    Your Bro. Charley

  9. Sheryl
    11/10/2008 at 1:18 PM

    OK, this is a random comment, but one that needs to be made.
    I looked through the classes for the upcoming Madrona retreat, and although they would be fun for the social aspect, I don’t really need to take any, Tess can do all the teaching they are offering right here at home.
    I don’t think I say it often enought, but thanks Tess for being such a great teacher!

  10. fehrs
    02/02/2010 at 3:50 PM

    I have taken every class that I could offered by Tess. Tess understands the structure of knitting – by that I don’t just mean the stitches but the design of garments, complex issues of how to decrease to have a sweater that fits, etc. Because of her deep understanding she is able to explain a stitch, solve a problem in a myriad of ways so as a student you get a deeper understanding and are able to become a more independent knitter. My recommendation is that if you have any real desire to become a knitter take as many courses as you can from her – you will always learn something important and useful.

    • 02/04/2010 at 11:10 AM

      Mary, thank you so much for taking the time to write this! It’s nice to be appreciated! 🙂

  11. Helena
    06/15/2010 at 3:07 PM

    Hi Tess, I was just wondering.. but I just read a story on Yahoo about the lolcats event and it talked about a woman who was a knitting instructor named Tess Mattos. I don’t know if it’s just concidence but if you are the same Tess from the story then I’d just like to say that your comment was simply hilarious!!! I loved it and it’s absolutely true!lol well anywho here’s a link to the story!good luck with the knitting! http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/109791/once-just-a-site-with-funny-cat-pictures-and-now-a-web-empire?mod=career-leadership

    • 06/15/2010 at 3:36 PM

      oh, yes, that was me. *blush*
      I kind of meant that remark to be ironic — seeing as how I was wearing cat ears in public at the time — but I’m not sure that came across so well! 🙂

      Thanks for writing!

  12. gillyfleur
    09/19/2010 at 7:31 AM

    I’ve just worked through your instructions for the double stitch sock heel and it’s brilliant. Lovely clear instructions and a nice result. I wanted something other than the usual sl1, k1, purl back heel and this is it!! Many thanks.

    • 09/19/2010 at 9:47 AM

      you’re very welcome! 🙂 always nice to hear that it is helping someone be happier with their knitting.

  13. Ingrid
    09/08/2011 at 2:39 PM

    Just ran into Sandy and thought about you. Megan just gave birth to a baby girl and she named her Joy. Knitting 2 month old Joy a sweater, hat, socks and bloomers and using sock yarn. You taught me top down method. Will check out your patterns later. I still work at the same place. Have to run and vacuum my car. I like the new look of your website


  14. 12/21/2011 at 8:20 PM

    I’m not even a knitter (I do crochet a bit), but a friend linked to your “Why do we purl?” post and I followed out of curiosity. Your explanation has completely solved the mystery of knitting! I feel as though a great weight has been lifted; a puzzle solved!

    I may start teaching myself to knit now that I understand that it’s not some insurmountable challenge. Thank you!

    • 12/21/2011 at 11:51 PM

      awesome! 🙂 how amazing is this interwebs thing!! Hope you enjoy knitting if you decide to give it a shot!

      And, thank you so much for taking the time to write a note. Very, very gratifying to know that the post was worthwhile for you to read.

  15. Morgan
    01/22/2012 at 9:16 PM

    Hi Tess, thanks for adding me on Ravelry. I think you probably figured out I’m a friend of Susan’s. Your blog is great! (AND you love Chococat, double-win.)

    Regarding your excellent page of Knit Links — http://www.sexyknittersclub.com/ seems to have been taken over by spammy content… Might want to take it off your list.

  16. Babsbnz
    12/30/2012 at 9:21 AM

    read every word about your “Nutcracker” sweater from Vogue Knitting Holiday 2007…..probably has scared me from attempting it, but so very helpful! Your finished version is a work of art….and sounds like it was as challenging as the Sistine Chapel ceiling!

    • 12/30/2012 at 11:16 AM

      Oh dear — it’s not my intention to scare people! I just hope no one else experiences the issues I did, due to deliberately inaccurate photography. But nowadays so many of the magazines have 360-degree views available online and so on, I am hopeful that it is not such a problem as it once was. Thanks for reading! And thanks for the compliments.

  17. Ingrid
    02/05/2014 at 11:32 PM

    Hi Tess,

    Where have you been?  It looks like you are starting a new venture.  Let me know if you have knit nights and kniting classes. I'm still knitting and have knitted so much in the last few years that two of my fingers have started to curl.  Looking forward to seeing you and joining one of your classes or a knit night.  I have plenty of time now — I'm retired! 



    • 02/06/2014 at 10:51 AM

      Hello Ingrid!  How nice to hear from you!  I've been kind of a hermit, especially the past year.  You know how life happens…But I am very gald to hear you are still knitting!  😀  I think you saw the post with the info on the new shop for social knitting times.  I am working on a class schedule that will start in late Feb or March.  Stay tuned! 

  18. Ingrid
    02/06/2014 at 10:55 AM

    For all you knitters, just found this on my facebook page –knitting is actually good for your health!




  19. Carolyn
    07/03/2016 at 8:08 AM

    Please subscribe my new e-mail address to the newsletter…….thanks

    • 07/03/2016 at 9:50 AM

      Hi Carolyn,

      I don’t think it’s something to fix on my end. I don’t see either of your emails listed as a user, and I don’t actually “send” any kind of newsletter. All I do is post new articles here on the site.

      I believe your old email address is subscribed to the “feed” for this site, so that for every new post you get an email. That is something you set up on your end.

      I tried to send you an article that might help, the last time you contacted me about this. Not sure if you received it: https://helpdesk.nex-tech.com/article.php?id=27

      The address that you would put in is: http://tessknits.com/feed

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