Getting Ready for the MKAL

Thanks to all of you who have already purchased the 2016 MKAL pattern, and who have sent me such nice comments! I’m really excited for this MKAL! After much staring at my stash of Perspectives Kits, I chose the Lichen/Gray. Here’s one of the grays, on my new(ish) Strauch swift. Each Perspectives Kit comes with 5 mini skeins. The MKAL pattern is a cowl that has 5 clues, with one for each color section. The first clue goes out on April … Read More

2016 Perspectives MKAL

I’m excited to announce I’m hosting another Mystery Knit-Along with Mountain Colors! I got a lot of great feedback about my other Perspectives patterns, and requests for a pattern featuring the River Wash Sport Perspectives Kit. And here it is! What’s an MKAL? You get a clue each week with a part of the pattern. This one is a cowl, using the 5 mini skeins of the Perspectives kit. Can I use a different yarn? Sure, but this pattern is … Read More

Solitude Slippers

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Now that it’s getting cold out I’m realizing it’s time to break out the slippers, and what could be better than super cozy hand knit slippers? Last month a new pattern of mine came out through Solitude Wool, the Solitude Thrummed Slippers. The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry here, or you can buy the kit and get everything you need–including roving, to make these slippers! Buy the kit from Solitude Wool here. These extra busy, extra cozy slippers are made … Read More

New Pattern & Discount: Silver Lining Gloves

Last year I published the Connectivity Gloves, and this year when Feel Good Yarn Co asked me about creating a new glove pattern for their new sock yarn I thought about how I could make a super warm and also multi-functional glove like the Connectivity, but with more options on how to wear and use it.    And thus, the Silver Linings Gloves were born! It’s a glove, it’s a mitten, it’s everything you need to keep your hands toasty … Read More

Perspectives MKAL Prizes!

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Have you purchased the Perspectives MKAL Pattern yet? If not, click here to purchase! The first clue will be sent September 3rd, and there are great opportunities to win yarn prizes from Mountain Colors for participating!   Prizes We’ll be adding prize info as we get closer to the start of the MKAL, keep checking back! Prize #1: Purchase the Perspectives MKAL pattern now through September 3rd and you’ll be entered to win a Perspectives Crazyfoot Kit! Prize #2: Create … Read More

Miya Shawl Re-Release

The Miya Shawl was one of my first designs when I started designing while teaching English in China. It’s a lovely little shawl that’s knit from end to end and easy to work. The lace pattern increases and decreases creating the scalloped edging and it’s worked from end to end so it’s easy to make longer if you have more yarn, or make narrower if you’d like more of a scarf. It was originally designed and knit in Lotus Yarns … Read More

Mountain Colors Perspectives Mystery Knit-A-Long!

This has been in the works for a while now, and I’m excited to finally share that I’ll be hosting my first ever Mystery Knit-A-Long starting next month, the Perspective MKAL! What’s a Mystery Knit-A-Long? Each week you get a clue with that week’s portion of the pattern. You can join in on the conversation in the Mountain Colors Ravelry group to share your progress, ask questions, and chat! What’s the pattern? It’s for a cowl. The approximate measurements are … Read More

Knitscene Fall 2015 Solitude Jacket

I’m really excited to be Knitscene Fall 2015’s featured designer. My friend and colleague from my day job at Stitchcraft Marketing, Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter, wrote a lovely article about me, and in this issue I have 4 seamless sweater designs.   I’ll be blogging about the other three designs later on, but today I’d like to write about my Solitude Jacket, which is currently in lead for the pattern of choice for a KAL hosted by Knitscene on Ravelry, you can vote for your … Read More

New Pattern & Giveaway!

I’m really excited to share my new design, Oxidar, from Manos del Uruguay! The pullover is worked from the bottom up, seamlessly in one piece. After the lower portion is worked as two flat sides (to create the high/low hem) the body is worked up in one piece to the underarm, and then in smaller pieces to the shoulders. To keep the sleeves seamless stitches are picked up around the armholes and the sleeves are worked in the round to the … Read More

FO Friday: Campanile Mitts

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As you may have noticed from previous posts and my Connectivity Gloves last fall, I really love SilverSpun yarn, made by the Feel Good Yarn Company. The yarn is super soft, stretchy, and spun with pure silver! I’ve visited the mill right here at NC State where the yarn is spun, and what can I say, I’m in love! So, when Laurie asked if I’d be interested in designing a pattern for the exclusive yarn club my answer was: YEAH! … Read More

Interweave Knits Summer 2015

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

New Pattern, Coupon Code, & Giveaway! Perspective Cowl

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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

Free Pattern: Broken Rib Hat

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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

New Pattern: Laurelai Cardigan

This pattern has taken forever to get out into the world. At this point, I’m not even sure what’s held up the process for so long. I finished the sample in November 2013. YES, TWO YEARS AGO. Anyways, I’m excited to finally have the Laurelai Cardigan out in the world, for everyone to knit and enjoy! I wear this cardigan all the time. It’s slouchy, cozy, and super comfy. I love the Baah! Yarns Shasta, it’s a worsted weight washable … Read More

Connectivity KAL

I know parents, teachers, and most people who work with kids will tell you that they don’t choose favorites. I was a teacher, and I definitely had favorites. And now, as a designer, I still have favorites, though they do change as new designs are born. One of my current favorites, and one of my newest patterns, is the Connectivity Gloves, which was recently published in the Deep Fall Issue of Knitty.   I’ve already knit these twice, and I’ve … Read More

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