Dec 3 2012

We Have Weather!

Here in sunny Southern California, that doesn’t happen all that often and frankly I rather like the somewhat monotonous continued sunshine. But the nice thing about a bit of precipitation and temps below 70 degrees (yeah, we’re wimps here!) is that I can finally don all the lovely wool items I’ve been knitting up the last several months.

This Arcadia scarf is one of my favorite things that I’ve ever knit…

Arcadia scarf/shawl

Arcadia scarf/shawl

A nice blocking close-up that really showcases the pattern…

Arcadia scarf/shawl blocking

This is a gorgeous pattern designed by Janel Laidman and one of the many lovely patterns in the first issue of The Sock Report.

I had been admiring this pattern for a while and was a bit intimidated by what looked like some complicated lace but I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick this was to knit up. Certainly not a beginning lace pattern but if you have knit a few easy lace patterns then this is an easy next step up.

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And coming soon… I finished my Nanook sweater and can’t wait to reveal it in all its wooly glory although I still need to find a nice button for it. It’s a fantastic pattern. Unfortunately all the rain we’ve been having has left my sweater wet from blocking for over 3 days now. But it’s just a tiny bit damp at this point and I think it will be dry by tomorrow.

I rarely manage to actually finish knitting an entire sweater so to celebrate I immediately cast on for 3 new projects. Ha!

Jun 8 2012

Startitis Symptom #1: Nanook Sweater

I’ve been starting too many projects lately. I just can’t seem to help myself. Evidence to my growing affliction…

Nanook Sweater WIP
I’ve been admiring Heidi Kirrmaier’s patterns for a while now over on Ravelry. I love her clean easy style and there’s always something a little different that makes all her patterns special. So I’ve finally cast on her Nanook sweater pattern and am really enjoying it. It’s fun and so far it’s knitting up pretty quickly. I’m notorious for not finishing sweaters but I think (hoping I don’t jinx myself) I just might finish this one.

I’m using some scrumptious MadelineTosh DK in the thyme colorway that I got for Xmas two years ago. It’s about time! Quite a treat.

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Jun 3 2012

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

Boneyard ShawlI was happily knitting along on a Boneyard Shawl (by Stephen West) for myself with the super lovely Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton when I made the mistake of showing it to my mom two days before Mother’s Day. Well…  you can guess what happened. She loved it. And then I also made the mistake of showing her my other skeins of Wolle’s in my stash and she made a not so subtle hint about what she’d like for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, I’m one of the slowest knitters on the planet so she got to preview a tiny fraction of her Boneyard Shawl on Mother’s Day proper and then we had some champagne and I packed it up and only just gave the completed project to her last week. At least it was worth the wait if I do say so myself. It was not easy to part with.

Boneyard Shawl

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So now I’m back to working on mine and eagerly anticipating having my own ombré-colored boneyard shawl.

My mom’s is in the amazing Dante colorway and mine is in the Sand colorway which goes from an eggshell blue to a darker grey-blue to an olive-khaki color. I can’t tell you how much I love the way this yarn knits up. Practically every shawl design I see now I think how would it look in some Wolle’s color changing yarn???

May 31 2012

My first pattern in the premiere issue of The Sock Report

The pattern is a lacy, graphic scarf called Zigzag Wanderer knit in super yummy Malabrigo sock.

Zigzag Wanderer Scarf

I’m so thrilled to be part of the launch of such a beautiful new publication. The editor, Janel Laidman, and her spectacular team have done a fantastic job of not only presenting such a great collection of patterns but the photography and styling are stunning as well. Magical!

So if you like socks and/or sock yarn then get your yarny self over to The Sock Report and check out the glory of all that is sock yarn related!

May 28 2012


This blog has been in desperate need of a facelift ever since I moved it over to WordPress a few months back and have just been using the generic default template. It’s a case of the cobbler’s children having no shoes. As a graphic designer, I never have time to design my own stuff…

But some exciting events prompted me to get it together and finally do something about this. My first pattern is coming out in the new publication The Sock Report which comes out sometime this week. It’s all about socks and anything else that you can make with sock yarn because even if you don’t like to knit socks, sock yarn rocks and makes tons of other lovely doo-dahs! I’m fairly confident that we can all agree on that.

There are some pretty impressive designers in the collection and I am honored to be among them. It promises to be a fantastic collection. And the nice thing is that you can buy the patterns individually if you only want one or two or you can buy the whole collection at a deep discount. So it’s a win-win for everyone.

Go and check things out – there are contests and prizes leading up to the launch.

May 21 2012


My schedule has been unusually hectic the last few weeks and I didn’t have time to post the amazing potholders I received in the recent potholder swap over on Ravelry. But look at these fab handmade lovelies I got…

potholder swap 2012-potholders received

I’m so impressed by the quality and creativity of everyone involved. I’m already looking forward to next year’s swap!

And here are my finished potholders that I sent off to live in someone else’s collection. It’s especially nice knowing how much the recipients appreciate handmade items. The swap is a win-win in every way.

potholder swap 2012

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If you missed out on this year’s swap, don’t fear… there’s a dishcloth swap coming up in the same group which should be just as fun. And of course, you can start planning early for next year’s swap!

Apr 8 2012

With a Name Like Norby…

You know it’s got to be cute!
Norby Hat
This is one of the sweetest patterns I’ve knitted. Super cute, super fun, easy to memorize. Just loved knitting it. And the tassels are the icing on the cake. The pattern even comes with excellent tassel-making instructions. Now I’m not normally a tassel or big yarn pouf on the hat kind of girl but this hat really works with the tassels. Gotta have ’em!

This is my first time knitting with the much lauded Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn. It’s gorgeous yarn though a bit fragile. I snapped it pretty quickly when tightening the stitches while switching from one needle to the other doing magic loop. But once I realized I needed to be a bit less rough with it and after doing a quick spit (well, I ran it under the tap) join of the break, all went smoothly. I love the tweedy colors.

And as an FYI, the designer, Gudrun Johnston, answered a query on her Ravelry forum about the source of the pattern’s name (which I was also wondering) and it’s the name of a beach on the Shetland Islands where the designer grew up. It just sounds huggable to me but I’m sure it’s a lovely beach.


Mar 27 2012

It’s Potholder Frenzy Time Again

potholder swap 2012 wip
Yep, it’s that potholder swappin’ time of year which means I’m busy crocheting potholders once again. Last year’s swap was so much fun that I’ve actually been looking forward to this year’s right since the minute I sent last year’s off. Crazy, huh?!?

I’ve got a nice stash of Drops Muskat cotton from Nordic Mart and I’ve been swatching away and think I’ve finally decided upon this pretty pinwheel motif that I got from one of my Japanese stitch dictionaries. I’m still tweaking it as my front is clearly too small so I’ll add another round so it doesn’t pucker.

Come join us in the potholder swap group on Ravelry so you can catch a little potholder frenzy yourself.

Mar 12 2012

Color Theory Monkey Business

Spectra Scarf and Ripple Scarf

As a graphic designer, one of my favorite parts of the job is playing around with color and seeing how different colors interact with one another. It can be quite shocking at times just how different colors will look against a variety of other colors. A very intense color theory class that I took in college taught me all the ins and outs of this while doing all those crazy Joseph Albers exercises. Fun!

So now it’s great to see this working up in my knitting. No doubt, Joseph’s wife Anni Albers, a textile artist enjoyed this kind of fiber excitement too! I don’t normally do a lot of color work so I don’t really get to play with color combos that much when it comes to my knitting but I’m having a ton of fun with my Spectra Scarf watching how the Noro is working up next to this dark reddish brown color (the Kale colorway in Madelinetosh Merino Light) versus how it looked in the ripple scarf I crocheted a while back. The photo above shows the two photographed together and there is a very noticeable difference in how the Noro colors look. They seem so much more saturated surrounded by the darker color than on their own. Love it!

Mar 7 2012

A Foggy Day Scarf

A Foggy Day Scarf It was my father’s birthday the other day and after having to look at his pathetic excuse for a scarf for some time now, I decided it was my knitterly obligation to improve his sartorial flair. As many knitters know, it’s never easy knitting for men. They don’t want anything too fancy and us knitters don’t want to knit anything too boring. I concocted this pattern so that it was simple but had just a little bit of zing to make it both interesting for me to knit and hopefully interesting to look at as well. Knit three rows, purl one and a four stitch cable along one side. Knit in beautiful MadelineTosh Merino Light in the Boxwood colorway. My dad said he loved it. Now if only it hadn’t been 80 degrees on his birthday…

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A Foggy Day Scarf