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Kristin Omdahl Yarn Giveaway

June 17

One of the things I like best about TNNA, our industry trade show, is being introduced to new yarns. Kristin Omdahl, who I’ve known as a designer, has a line of beautiful 100% bamboo yarns called Bamboo So Fine.
I came home with a skein of Kristin’s fingering weight “b. […] Continue Reading…

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Knitting Alfresco with EZ

June 15

I’m finding it difficult to read Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac without being outdoors. I love how connected she was to nature. Her tales of the family’s outdoor adventures, and knitting outside, are endearing to the nature-lover in me.
A quote: “In a travelling canoe one cannot write.”
How can I resist?
A […] Continue Reading…

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Peonies and EZ Reading. Sublime.

June 9

With giddy anticipation I look forward to Knitting Camp in July. Started by Elizabeth Zimmerman as a weekend knitting course 42 years ago, it is now taught by her daughter Meg Swansen.
I have heard about “EZ”s EPS (Percentage System) for many years, I have never studied it. I’ll read a […] Continue Reading…

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Where’d She Go???

June 6

I did not fall off the face of the earth, but the past few months have been full of crazy twists and turns. I’m sorry I haven’t posted since… yikes, could it really have been since March? Oh my. I’ll try to make it up to you.

I was unbelievably […] Continue Reading…


March 20

Why is it I’m always a season behind in my knitting? Ah well, there’s just enough winter-ish snow for this lovely, warm sweater to be useful for another week or so. “Mork” is designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. I love patterns that are both relaxing to knit and also interesting. Worked in worsted […] Continue Reading…

“Mixer” Accessories in Knit Picks

February 27

Fans of Knit Picks can now find my “Mixer” accessories in Swish Worsted. The yarn is delightful to work with, and comes in lots of great colors.
The patterns are available individually here: Mixer Hat, Mixer Mittens, and Mixer Scarf. The variety of knit/purl stitch patterns make these cute accessories […] Continue Reading…

Gnarled Oak Cardigan

February 16

Any knitter who has known me more than five minutes knows that Alana Dakos is one of my all-time favorite designers. I finally had the chance to make her Gnarled Oak Cardigan from the book she co-authored with Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits.
I used Madelinetosh DK in the Grove color.

I […] Continue Reading…

“Mixer” Accessories Are Up

January 30

An enthusiastic fan of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues asked whether I could design some mittens to go with the Mixer Scarf from the book. What a great idea!
Here’s the original Mixer Scarf from the book. It is now available as an individual pattern as […] Continue Reading…

Old Edna Photo Shoot

January 26

I love getting to be on hand for photo shoots of my designs. I do have a tendency to fret like a mother hen, and I’m fortunate to work with people who have patience!
We were soooooo lucky to use the fantastic Old Edna Townsite for Saturday’s session. Set in the […] Continue Reading…

Tea Leaves Cardigan

January 20

You might remember the Tea Leaves Cardigan I used for my experiment in stabilizing top-down sweaters. Here it is, completed. The pattern was well-written and fun to knit. I use Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Amber Trinket colorway.
 I’m pleased to say that after wearing it many times, the neckline […] Continue Reading…


January 6

Do you have my Reversible Scarves book, and wish that you had accessories to match the scarves?
The new year will bring new designs that will do just that. I will be releasing mitten, hat and/or sock designs that will go with the lovely scarves you’re making. The accessories will not be […] Continue Reading…

2015: Resolution-free New Year. Sort Of.

January 2

I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a good start. I have some fun plans, knitting and design-wise, for 2015. I’d say they were resolutions, but my plans have a way of getting derailed. So here are my hopes….
I adore Maggie Righetti’s book Sweater Design in Plain English.  […] Continue Reading…

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