Some patterns just seem to take FOREVER. This is one of those. I don’t really know all the reasons why this has taken so long. I know a few, but we won’t go into all of those… I originally knit this in January 2012. There were some issues with the chart, and there were no written directions, so I re-wrote the entire thing once. I also submitted this pattern to a couple publications and it was rejected, which causer further … Read More
I’m really excited to be publishing the Mimi Shawl today! This pattern has been in the works for a while, and finished testing over two months ago! There were a lot of things that delayed me, most of them being busy with other things. Then I realized that my incredibly talented photographer friend Katy Doyle was coming to town, so I waited to publish the pattern until I could get her to photograph it. This is extremely rare, but I’m … Read More
If you know what that line is from write it in the comments! I decided about a year ago that I wanted to dye yarn. Sometime in December I received some undyed wool and dye. Then a couple days ago I decided that I HAD to dye yarn right that minute. Unfortunately it was 1 AM, so it had to wait until the next day. Then Suzie came over to help me in this endeavor. We didn’t record this, so … Read More
TNNA starts tomorrow! If you don’t know, TNNA is The National Needle Arts, and they hold several shows each year for wholesale purchases. I am here in Columbus with Lotus Yarns helping them to run the booth. This morning we got up to build our booth, then tonight I went to Marly Bird’s Yarn Thing, which was amazing! It was dinner with over 100 amazing knitting and crochet designers. I didn’t know anyone there, since this is only my second … Read More
I have a new pattern out today! This is the Mama Miya Infinity Scarf and Cowl. It’s available in three sizes: Cowl: 14” x 12” / 36 x 30 cm Infinity: 29” x 7” / 69 x 18 cm (pictured) Double Infinity: 29” x 14” / 69 x 36 cm This summer everywhere I look infinity scarves are worn with everything from a tank top or a dress. It is the must have accessory, and as knitters why would we … Read More
I have a new pattern out today! The Pine Cone Shawl is finally being published! I finished writing and knitting this pattern before I went to H&H in Cologne back in March, but for many reasons it’s debut was delayed. But now it’s here! Here are some lovely photos from Katy Doyle. This shawl is knit with 400 yards of lace weight: Lotus Yarns Moon Night. You could also easily knit it with fingering or DK weight yarn. The pattern is … Read More
So I can reveal what two of those pictures were of. The third item isn’t finished yet…but soon I hope! First off is a set of shoes and baby hat in garter stitch. I think these are super cute. The hat will be available in 5 sizes from preemie to age 2, and the shoes available in 3 sizes for newborn to 18 months. I just love these little apple buttons! The other picture is a pair of Cashmere fingerless … Read More
As I mentioned in the last post this week I am in Cologne for H&H. I forgot to bring my camera, so I’ve had to take pictures with my iPhone, and it’s hard to tell on the screen if things are in focus. Anyways, here are a few pictures from this. We’ve been very busy, so I haven’t had much time to explore the city, but here is one of the huge cathedral that is nearby our hotel. I saw … Read More
Dear Blog,I haven’t forgotten about you, I’ve just been busy this week. This week I’m in Cologne for H&H, the hobby and handicraft trade show. I’m here with Lotus Yarns, helping them to man their stand. I’ll try to post some pictures soon. I haven’t bought any yarn…yet!
Part of why I have been able to publish so many patterns so quickly is because I wrote some of these patterns some time ago. Today I’m publishing the Bamboo Baby Dress pattern, available in 3 sizes 18″, 19″, and 20″ chest. I was originally given this variegated bamboo yarn by Lotus to design a women’s top. It turned out absolutely hideous. I was about halfway through a top, with a keyhole opening on the back, and the yarn was … Read More
Here is a new and improved version of the Yak Hands! Mittens. These mittens are knit at a slightly tighter gauge to make them extra warm and cozy for winter. At the end of the mittens you will need to Kitchener stitch the remaining stitches. Alternatively you could also do a three needle bind off, though this will leave a seam. Materials1 skein Lotus Yarns Tibetan Yak 4 100g/150 meters4.5 mm double pointed needles 2 buttons Gauge 10 sts and 13 … Read More
My newest endeavor is to re-write the Falling Leaves Scarf to be a scarf and shawl pattern. I also noticed there were some errors in the chart (oh my!) so I’m also working on reworking the chart. I have to say, editing is not my favorite part of designing. My very talented friend, Katy Doyle, has also been taking pictures of my samples. I’m really excited to share a couple of her first photos of the Falling Leaves Scarf, and as soon as … Read More
I just finished TNNA. It was a great time. I met a lot of wonderful people, got a stack of free books! I can’t wait to knit some patterns. Here are pictures of our stand, Lotus Yarns. And here is the huge stack of books and magazines, with lots of issues from Interweave. I’ve already started flipping through them, so much inspiration!
I got new business cards yesterday to take to TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) in Phoenix! Seeing these I thought I needed a small case to put them in. Why buy one when you can make one? This would also be great for credit cards, or a small wallet. I made this with maybe 20 yards of Lotus Yarns 100% Bamboo (any other worsted weight yarn would work too) on 4.5mm needles. This was knit on two double pointed … Read More
The Miya shawl was inspired by Lotus Yarns’ Miya yarn, which is a lovely fingering weight yarn that is made of 70% mink, 20% merino, and 10% silk. The shawl is knit from one end to another and is a crescent shape, with the ends measuring about 4″ wide and the middle about 20″ wide. You can see it here on Ravelry. This is a picture of the lovely Jasmine wearing the Miya shawl! I will give this pattern away for free … Read More