Spinner

Late last spring I saw Twist Collective’s call for their Winter 2015 issue. It was a theme of wintery contrasts, geometric shapes whose edges were softened by drifts of snow, and accented with the sparkle of city lights and snow falling at night. The images coalesced into a feeling that I had to capture with yarn. (Oops. This doesn’t work …

Triangles

Acute, obtuse, right, equilateral, scalene, isosceles, isosceles right: these are some of the different types of triangles. Up until the release of Palace Gates yesterday, all of the triangular shawls I’ve designed have either been paired isosceles right triangles butted up next to each other with a central spine, or a simple isosceles triangle. These triangles have all been basically …

Naming party

I’ve seen these sweet little (sometimes quite large) lace triangles around the ‘Net lately that are built a little differently. They start in a corner, then grow wider along one edge, but not the other. They can be knit to any size. Sometimes they just end, other times they have a pretty border before ending. When big enough, the ends …

Photographs and sweaters

I don’t remember how old I was when I first took an interest in photography. I might have been about ten years old. Perhaps a little older? I really don’t know. What I do know is that Dad let me use his old camera, showed me how to put film in it, how to operate it, and had those early …

Antares part two

I don’t know if you’ve been over to the Twist Collective blog lately, but on Monday this week they featured Antares, my first Twist Collective pattern! Antares showed up in the Spring 2015 collection, along with a stunning selection of designs from some fabulous designers. The whole team at Twist Collective was so awesome to work with, before, during, and …

Fashion forward

The other day I was introduced to a totally cool online tool with the potential to be a deep.dark.blackhole.for.time: Polyvore. Have you been out there yet? Have you wondered how people make those cool outfits and things that you see on Pinterest? Well, the answer to both questions is Polyvore. I couldn’t sleep last night. For whatever reason. It was …

Starry, starry night

I have a secret project pending, one for which I’m waiting for yarn before I can begin, so I started a small project, a little crescent, to help bide my time. I picked up the lovely Nebula yarn from Anzula when I was at Stitches West (thank you, Sabrina!) earlier this year, and it had been staring at me ever …

Buttonholes

Not all buttonholes are created equal. I found this out a long time ago. I’ve done everything from a simple yarn over to a complicated affair involving two layers of hand-knit fabric with blanket stitch to attach them to each other, some where it’s all done on one row, others that you don’t finish until you return on the next …

Who’s got the button?

The buttons I ordered for the (so far) nameless cowl finally arrived the other day. I got the darker shells, and they do look quite pretty on the cowl without taking too much away from the look of the knitting. Hooray! Thanks to everyone who commented in my Facebook group and on Instagram. You all helped me to decide. Kudos! …

History of a scarf-cowl-thing-y

I don’t know if you follow me on any of the regular social media sites. If you do, you’ve watched this little cowl/scarf/thing-y (that’s a technical term) grow over the last couple of weeks. This lovely blue-purple tweed yarn was given to me by Peggie of ColorPurl to design something with. It’s her Finnegan Donegal Tweed, a lovely fingering weight …