Shoaling

Shoaling According to Merriam-Webster, “shoaling” is a transitive verb that means “to become shallow.” The romantic side of me sees much more. I see a tall ship, her sails hanging limp in the calm, fog so thick you can almost cut it with a knife, and a sun-worn sailor hanging over the bow holding a heavy line that he dropped …

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 …

Loganbär knit along

Except for the little KAL I ran in early summer for my Antares shawl, I haven’t run a KAL for any of my patterns for, oh, years. I’ve been thinking for quite a while that I need to just DO it, just pick a date, jump in, and start one. But what form should the KAL take? What pattern(s) should …

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 …

On blogging

When I first started blogging, eons ago, it was an exciting new adventure. I had a small following, we played, we chatted, we had fun. Then Ravelry came into being, and it was (and still is) amazing. Ravelry is also a time suck. For me as well as for the small following I had at the time. Some of us …

And the pattern goes to…

Huge thanks to all who participated. Though quite a few people visited, not all that many actually participated in the contest, making the odds extremely good for those who did. Your answers were all terrific. I found that I loved them all, so couldn’t actually pick one that shone above the others, so I used a random number generator to …