FO Friday: Top Down Hat

posted in: hat, knitting | 6

I’m a big fan of top down hats. You don’t need to measure or make a gauge swatch before you cast on. Here’s the hat I knit for Brian. My basic recipe: CO 8 sts. Increase Round: Increase 8 stitches. Work 1 round plain. Alternate these two rounds until you reach your desired circumference. Work in your pattern until your hat is long enough. Then work some ribbing, or don’t. Or work some other edging. Bind off all the stitches. … Read More

Best Baby Socks

posted in: baby | 1

Back when I was still pregnant I blogged abut making baby socks out of SilverSpun. If you missed it, you can read the posts and find the (free) patterns I used here. Dash was born with giant feet, so the tiny ones I knit never fit him. He’s been wearing the larger ones quite a bit, and I’m afraid he’s about to grow out of them! So I thought I’d better take a photo while they still fit. These socks … Read More

Appalachian Baby

posted in: baby, baby knitting pattern | 5

Back in August I blogged about some washcloths I knit using a kit from Appalachian Baby. We’ve been using the washcloths at almost every bath time since Dash was born. I even noticed Brian always reaching for these hand knit washcloths first, and when I asked him about it he said he thinks they are the softest. If you missed it, you can read the post here. So after such a great experience knitting with the cotton, I reached out to Diane, … Read More

FO Friday: Free Baby Blanket Pattern

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

Favorite Tools

posted in: tools, toys | 9

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

2015 Crazy Cabled Throw

posted in: KAL, knit | 2

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

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

Japan Part 5: Knitting!

posted in: japan, knit, knitting | 1

Of course, I had to visit a yarn store while I was in Japan! I knit quite a bit on my flight to Japan, and on the way home, too. Though I have to admit, I didn’t spend a ton of knitting while I was in Japan…   I’d read about Keito, and it wasn’t too far from where we were staying in Tokyo. There aren’t too many yarn shops that sell just yarn, and this is the only one … Read More

Louet Giveaway!

posted in: knit design | 68

It seems like a really long time ago when I knit these, and you may have  already seen these, but with Fall knitting upon us and the Louet Blog Tour it’s about time I write about my two patterns in the Louet Fall 2014 Collection! Coleen is a lovely jacket knit in Gems Worsted. It’s shown here with 3/4 length sleeves, but you could easily lengthen the sleeves and it’d make a great jacket that you could wear throughout the … Read More

New Pattern: Chibi Maruko

I’m holding an experiment today. Starting now, for the next 48 hours, I’m giving this pattern away for free. Why? …because I felt like it! If you like the pattern and would like to buy one of my patterns that’d be pretty great. The pattern includes directions to make this fun and simple cowl in two sizes with two weights of yarn. This first one is made with Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, their new aran weight yarn that’s a soft … Read More

Up, Down, All-Around!

posted in: blog tour, book, knit, knit design, knitting | 152

  I have so many exciting things to share today! First off, I just got a copy of this amazing book, Up, Down, All-Around by Wendy Bernard. This wonderful book features beautiful full color photographs with at least one full page dedicated to each stitch pattern. The book also features directions for how to work the stitch patterns in the round, and for some patterns how to flip the pattern and work it in the other direction too! One of my … Read More

WIP Wednesday: Solitude Wool

I’m working on a new design, and although I can’t tell you what it is, I can tell show you a few photos and tell you about the yarn. I’m thrilled to be working with Solitude Wool. They are a farm in Virginia not far from Washington, DC. They raise American sheep and purchase wool from other farms in the US and create beautiful breed specific yarns. The yarn is dyed by hand with natural plant dyes and acid dyes, … Read More

WIP Wednesday: Toe-Up Socks

posted in: knit, knitter, knitting, malabrigo yarn, yarn | 7

I’ve been itching to knit another pair of socks for nearly a year. But since I work a regular day job, and most of my free time is occupied by my side hustle–knit design–I don’t have much time for selfish knitting. I honestly can’t remember the last time I knit something just for me, with no intention of writing the pattern for sale. So, a while back, I decided to do something crazy: knit yarn from my personal stash AND … Read More

NC State Mill

posted in: photography, Uncategorized, yarn | 3

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

Helium Sweater

I’ve been a pretty terrible blogger lately, but I’m finally sharing photos of my Helium Sweater from Knitscene Summer 2014. Well last summer, when I finished knitting this sweater, I took a few photos of it. Because for the first time, I actually knit a sample sweater in MY size! This is quite amazing, since most samples are to fit a 33 or 34″ bust, but this sample is the 36 3/4″, which is also my exact bust measurement. I … Read More

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