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Early Spring Wildflowers – Jack In the Pulpit

May 28

These are one of those plants that make me marvel at nature’s strange adaptations. The flowers are contained under the hood. I can’t imagine how or why the plant evolved as it did!

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Early Spring Wildflowers – Purple Pretties

May 26

I’ve been busy designing new patterns, but they’re not yet ready for prime time. In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy some wildflower photos. I’ll post one or two every few days.
Here’s a field of purple pretties. I don’t know what they’re called. If you know these, please leave […] Continue Reading…

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Giveaway: Free Spirit Knits

May 14

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the beautiful book, Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest. I’m thrilled to be able to give away a copy of this book. There are many lovely patterns to make, including some great sweaters for guys.

Let’s celebrate Memorial […] Continue Reading…

Free Spirit Book Review

April 19

I love the Southwest. The colors and landscapes have a unique beauty and spirit about them. No wonder I was immediately enamored with the book Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest.  The author and designer, Anne Podlesak, lives in northern New Mexico. I […] Continue Reading…

Gimme Shelter Cat Blankets

April 11

The pattern below includes some very simple ideas for making blankets for cats in animal shelters. I’ve put together yarn suggestions and stitch pattern recommendations to match the weight of the yarn (either bulky or super bulky). The blankets are dense to offer the cats plenty of cushioning for warmth and […] Continue Reading…

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Petroglyph Socks

March 30

Falling in love with a new-to-me yarn is one of my favorite parts of knitting. This happened to me when I tried Dragonfly Fiber’s gorgeous Djinni Sock yarn recently. A blend of merino, cashmere and nylon gives it a wonderful hand, and the just-right ply makes for delightful knitting.
When […] Continue Reading…

Cupcake Mittens

March 14

You might remember I was working on some very special mittens for my best friend’s birthday. Here are the Cupcake Mittens, all finished.

The stripes on the thumbs add a jaunty flair, I think.

I like how the personalization worked out, with my friend’s initials and milestone birthday year.

I made some modifications. […] Continue Reading…

Tiny Cupcakes

March 1

So what’s on my needles now, you may wonder? It’s more like what’s on my 10 needles…
A good friend of mine celebrated a landmark birthday recently. Knitting together is one of the pastimes we enjoy most. Eating cupcakes is another. (When we attend Stitches West together, we always make time […] Continue Reading…

A Bag of Goodies for Charity

February 25

From time to time I like to provide things for local charities that are close to my heart. You might get requests for auction items, too, so I thought it might be fun to share what I just finished putting together – maybe you’ll get some ideas for auction items […] Continue Reading…

New Lace Knitting Giveaway Winner

February 23

Congratulations to Amanda in Merrill, Oregon, for winning the drawing for Romi Hill’s fantastic book, New Lace Knitting.

I love this book and will have my copy on my shelf for years to come. The designs are lovely and the patterns are very well written. There are quite a few […] Continue Reading…

Virginia City Cowl

February 17

I had a great time making the Virginia City Cowl from Romi Hill’s book New Lace Knitting. (You might have seen my recent review of the book.)

After admiring Romi’s patterns for years, I finally took a class from her at one of the knitting conventions. She is well known […] Continue Reading…

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Giveaway and Book Review: New Lace Knitting

February 13


In the knitting world, lace offers a romantic flair. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m celebrating by giving away a fantastic book – New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

Fans of Romi’s shawl designs will be happy to know that the book contains several delightful […] Continue Reading…

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