Big news: I’m pregnant. Yup, we’ll be adding another person to our family at the end of August…or early September, or whenever the baby decides it’s done baking. We decided not to find out the gender, so for now we call it affectionately as the parasite. Because it steals my food, makes my stomach feel weird, and makes my back hurt. Kind of like when I had Giardia in Peace Corps. And how do we share this news with the world, … Read More
My issue of Interweave Knits Summer 2015 hasn’t arrive in the mail yet, but that isn’t going to stop me from telling all of you about it! I’m really excited for this issue for two reasons, I have my first ever print article in this issue and a design! See the + 200 Years with Harrisville Designs? That’s my article! I wrote about the wonderful Harrisville Designs, their history and how they keep the textile tradition alive here in the … Read More
A few weeks ago I blogged about impulsively winding a lovely skein of Louet Euroflax Sport and casting on for the Caesious shawl by Hunter Hammersen. I actually finished knitting it in about 10 days, but then it took me another week to wash the darned thing, and a week after that to take photos. Isn’t that how it always goes? Just like I always do with Euroflax I put it through the washing machine and the dryer along with other … Read More
Thank you to everyone who has purchased the Perspective Cowl pattern in the past few weeks. i’ve received so many positive comments about this design it’s made me cast on for another fingering weight one…in a new design, but more on that later! Sometimes when I’m knitting for the 5th hour straight to meet a design deadline I second guess my career choices, but getting really nice positive comments from people helps me to push through the less fun days. Congrats … Read More
Two years ago I somehow convinced Brian to help me make this ridiculous video. A preface: I think cozies are pretty silly. I’ve seen cozies for everything from fruit to spoons and my question is always, WHY? Why would you knit a piece of fabric to wrap around an inanimate object that can’t at all appreciate the hard work when you could instead cover yourself in beautiful, soft, squishy, warm wool?! I have to say, Brian has a really … Read More
At the end of last year we adopted our dog, Koko. Since then we’ve been working hard on training her to be a good pet, and so far she’s doing pretty well. We won’t talk about the recent incident when I had my back turned and she grabbed a skein of yarn out of my office and took it back to her crate to snuggle with. (Don’t worry, no yarn was harmed, just slobbered on a little) In retrospect a lighter … Read More
One of my good friends from college is expecting her first baby this fall, and I couldn’t help but knit a little something for her baby! I started it pretty early as I knew I wasn’t going to have time closer to her due date, and I didn’t want it to fall by the wayside, so I didn’t yet know the gender. I (sort of followed) my Sunshine Chevron Blanket, available for free from Knit Picks. Mostly due to an … Read More
This pattern has been written and photographed for nearly a year. The final part that took so long to finish–the layout. Why? WHO KNOWS. Let’s just say, I work well under pressure. I spend a lot of time writing, knitting, editing, and preparing patterns for publishing under deadlines, so when it comes to publishing my own patterns–which don’t have deadlines–it can be hard for me to finish those final steps to getting them done. Finally, I’m excited to share with … Read More
Last week I impulsively wound a skein of Louet Euroflax Sport that I found hiding out in my stash. The lovely light lavender color just screamed Spring and since it was the first 80 degree day of the year the only appropriate way to mark the occasion seemed to be by winding a skein…soon after I cast on for a project! I can’t remember the last time I knit something just for fun–and I don’t know that I will … Read More
It’s been pretty warm here in Raleigh, and the signs are everywhere that spring has sprung! I love that everything is starting to bloom. Although I could do without the seasonal allergies and the layer of tree pollen that coats everything. At least I got this lovely fragrant lavender to look forward to!
I first designed the Broken Rib Hat while living and working in China…I think it was 2011? It was a while ago! I’ve recently updated the pattern so it now includes three sizes, 18 (20, 22)” circumference, and I’ve updated to my new formatting too. The hat features a simple broken rib pattern, and is a great unisex pattern. I’ve made this hat for several friends, and it’s a great quick and easy hat in worsted or aran weight yarn. … Read More
In my last post I talked about some of my favorite knitting tools, and showed you the Anywhere Balm from Milk+Honey (soon to be Love+Leche) in my traveling knitting kit. I’m sure as knitters you’ve all experienced dry skin catching on your wool–not a good feeling! The Anywhere Balm is the same wonderful moisturizing lotion as in the full size Milk+Honey Lotion Bars. They are available in a variety of scents and molds, here from top left are the Bee+Sunflower, Petroglyph … Read More
As a designer I don’t do the normal process that I see many knitters enjoy–finding the perfect yarn for the perfect project. Most often my yarn is pre-determnied. So instead I spend far too much time (and money!) collecting all the knitting tools a knitter could need. I don’t have just one knitting kit, but two (and now I think I might need a third!). So, today here are my must-have tools. First, the small Knitter’s Tool Box from Nancy’s … Read More
Congrats to Pam L, who said, “I knit so I won’t kill people. ; )”. You’re the lucky winner of a Nerine Kit from Louet Spring 2015! I’ll be in touch to arrange delivery of your prize.
Last year I taught a block of the month class at my local store Warm ‘n Fuzzy. I really enjoyed teaching it–so much that this year I’m teaching a similar class–but this time with my own pattern! This design is a result of my OCD. I didn’t want borders around each of the squares because as nice as they look when you are knitting the squares it made me crazy that once seamed, you’d have double borders on the inside … Read More