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audknits Viriditas

Viriditas

The thought of travelling without a knitting project is enough to strike fear into my heart. I often wait until the last moment to figure out what I’m going to take with me. Eek! For an upcoming trip last February, I looked to Ravelry KALs to give me inspiration. If you read my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of The Knitting …

Farrand Loop Detail audknits

Farrand: Knitty Winter 2016 Pattern

I’m excited and grateful to have a pattern in the current issue of Knitty, the fabulous online magazine. Farrand is, if I may say so myself, a really fun and easy pattern to make. Malabrigo Rios yarn offers up wonderful colors to pair together. Better yet, the fiber is super-soft and a joy to wear. The pattern came about when …

First Project of 2017 audknits

First Project of 2017

I almost got it done in time for Christmas….instead it has turned into my first completed project of 2017. This is the hat I designed for Vogue Knitting, Fall 2015. I hate to play favorites, but it really is one of my favorite designs to knit – the cables keep it interesting and I like the finished piece. With snow coming soon I …

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Farewell 2016

My husband recently encouraged me to listen to the Tim Ferris Show podcast. I love listening to podcasts while I knit, and was especially intrigued by an exercise Tim talks about in his Best of 2016 segment. In a nutshell, he reviewed his calendar for 2016 and wrote down his 80/20 analysis: “20 percent of activities, experiences, or people who produced …

Let It Snow Pattern Cover audknits

Let It Snow!

I’m thrilled to release a new pattern, just in time for cold weather knitting…. It’s winter, and there’s nothing I like better than a warm, snuggly scarf. Double knitting makes for a doubly-cozy thickness and it’s reversible. My “Let It Snow” pattern includes instructions for two weights of yarn. The dk version features Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in two colors: – The …

Echniacea center audknits

Little Forest: Fall Update

Lots of people have asked how my new habitat is coming along. (For those of you who missed it, I planted an acre of native habitat on unwanted lawn.) Of over a hundred trees, only two didn’t make it. We also planted hundreds of berry bushes for the birds, plus groundcover plants and wildflower seeds that will come up next …

River Reflection 2016

Early Fall River

It’s early Fall, with hints of changes to come. These little white wildflowers are in all stages at once – opening, in bloom, and fading away: I was mesmerized by the peaceful Chagrin River: A closer look reveals changing colors:

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Custom Fit: Fun with Sweaters

I am super excited to finally start my first Custom Fit sweater. The brainchild of designer Amy Herzog, the Custom Fit program allows you to create sweaters that fit perfectly because they are created for your specific measurements. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that during our recent yarn crawl I ended up with a ridiculous amount of …

eddy-apples audknits

Apple Time

A harbinger of changing weather is apple-picking time. Here in Northeast Ohio there are lots of wonderful orchards such as Eddy Fruit Farm in Chesterland. I love all the corn stalk and pumpkin decorations. Picking apples right from the tree is heavenly! As we picked different kinds of apples the sun set, making it a memorable evening. Time for everyone to get …

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YDT Shop #10 – Harps & Thistles

The Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium was shop #10 on my Yarn Discovery Tour. At the outset, I decided that 10 shops would be enough for this year, so this was also my final stop. The Emporium’s dinosaur is a good representative of the whimsical nature of the store. It’s filled with a large selection of colorful yarns. The end …