I’m so excited to have joined the Solitude Swatch-Along, a month-long adventure of knitting swatches to learn more about various sheep breeds. Although I took a spinning class and technically know how to spin, I don’t own a wheel and haven’t used a drop spindle in years. I think spinners know a lot more about the various breeds and how their fibers behave, but alas, my knowledge base is rather shallow. I’ve known Gretchen at Solitude Wool for a while … Read More
It’s been ages since I’ve blogged, over a year! But I’ve been thinking about this blog a lot lately, so here’s hoping that I get back into posting. First off, I’m so excited to share the new collection for Fairmount Fibers, Manos del Uruguay! A collection of 5 patterns (well 6 if you count the cowl and hat separately). I was going through a bit of a cable phase. You can see all the patterns on Ravelry, but today I … Read More
I first designed the Anteros Shawl when I was getting ready to teach a class about writing shawl patterns several years ago. This was my example of how to insert a stitch pattern into a basic triangular shawl shape. I had so many requests for the pattern that I eventually wrote it up. I just finished knitting my third one. I knit the first one in Swans Island Merino Fingering, I knit a second out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts … 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.
I’m excited to have TWO patterns in the Spring 2015 issue of Knitscene. I blogged about the Colbie tank last week, and today I’d like to share some photos of the Misty Sweater that I took before mailing it off to Interweave. I took these last July, and it was crazy hot and I’m sure everyone in our neighborhood thought I was crazy for wearing wool in in south in the middle of summer. Modeled by me, photos by Brian, with … Read More
A fellow knitwear designer and friend, Talitha Kuomi, has a new book out with Classic Elite Yarns called Artistic Differences. Many of the patterns feature two variations–a boho and a rocker. Today I’m happy to participate in the Artistic Differences blog tour. For one day only the Setto pullover is 10% off on Ravelry, with no coupon code necessary! So, which are you, a boho or a rocker? Leave a comment on this post and you could win a copy … Read More
2014 is almost over, I can’t believe it, but whether or not I believe it–it’s true! This year I’ve had the great fortune to work with Feel Good Yarn Company and their amazing yarn SilverSpun. I went and visited the mill this spring, and then I published a pattern using SilverSpun in Knitty this fall. Next year Feel Good Yarn Company is doing something new again, an exclusive yarn club! The club will start in January and will comprise … Read More
Today is my birthday. In Japan the first day of autumn is a national holiday, and so as a kid I didn’t have to go to school on my birthday. Moving to the US I thought it was really unfair that my birth was no longer a national holiday, but I guess that’s what I get for being only half American. Can we say, first world problems? This year for my birthday I asked for sweater weather. Living in the … Read More
I recently received a review copy of the Fall 2014 issue of Sockupied. I have to say I have very little time to work on personal knitting projects, but I still love to read patterns. I suppose it’s like reading recipes and never cooking or eating the food…it opens up my imagination to all the possibilities and I torture myself with daydreams of all the beautiful socks I could wear while eating bon-bons. There’s an alternate reality in which I … Read More
I’m a day late on this announcement. I’d like to say I was out in the sun by the pool eating hot dogs yesterday, but instead I coerced Brian into waking up at 6:30 on his day off to go take photos with me before the sun became too harsh. Then I spent the rest of the day editing the photos, editing the patterns, and getting stuff ready to send off. It was great to have an extra weekend day … Read More
A really really long time ago…December maybe? Kate and Courtney told me that they were looking for patterns for their new yarn Knightsbridge. I was a little overwhelmed with deadlines at the time…I knit 10 sweaters and a total of 13 samples between Jan 1 and March 15, but how could I say no?! I absolutely adore the Kelbourne Woolens aesthetic, Fibre Company yarn, and of course the lovely ladies who make it all happen. So, I made time, and … Read More
In March 2013 Brian and I went to Disney World. We had free tickets from when we had worked for Disney English in China, and stayed with a friend of ours from Peace Corps while we were there. I’d never been to Disney before, and it was fun and exhausting. One of the most memorable things we saw at Disney was this group of actors in 1920’s style clothing that would pull up to a group of people and tell … Read More
A while back I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the mill at NC State. I knew that NC State was known for having a great textiles program, but didn’t know the extent of the amazingness that was there! I went with Laurie Gonyea, the owner of Feel Good Yarn Company. Her amazing SilverSpun yarn is spun here at NC State! The cotton is all grown here in North Carolina too. Thanks so much to Laurie for letting me tag … Read More
Congratulations to Kara, you’ve won the Stony Brook Top! Please PM me on Ravelry or email me contact (at) mariknits (dot) com so I can arrange delivery of your prize! Thanks to everyone that commented, and I promise I’ll write a real blog post soon!
The title of this post is a bit of a joke, because I actually think Valentine’s Day is a pretty silly holiday. Brian and I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day. According to pop culture we might not actually love each other because I don’t own a single piece of heart shaped jewelry. We also didn’t get around to sending out Christmas cards this year; another holiday I have mixed feelings about. So in my mind most holiday traditions should be … Read More