January Swatchathon

When I’m on Ravelry, where I see the world’s best knitting and crochet, I fave project after project that were created using skills that are unfamiliar to me, and think “someday”. These last couple of years, I have designated January as that someday. January 2016 was my first swatchathon, and I learned how to crochet and to follow … More January Swatchathon

Pussyhat, Pussyhat, Where Have You Been? I’ve Been to DC to Protest the King

When the Pussyhat Project first showed up on Ravelry, I wasn’t instantly in love with those cat-eared pink hats knitted in huge numbers for the Women’s March protesting the new U.S. administration. I was uncomfortable with its vulgar reference, and the knitting looked tedious to do by hand, and doing it on the knitting machine required … More Pussyhat, Pussyhat, Where Have You Been? I’ve Been to DC to Protest the King

Testing… Testing…

After finishing my pullover based on the Diamondback sock pattern, I began to feel the need for a pair of socks colors that coordinated with the pullover. A Ravelry friend needed test knitters for a beautiful sock pattern she was preparing to publish, a stranded design that made very effective use of two or three different … More Testing… Testing…

Scary New Toy

Six months ago I bought a knitting machine. I never thought I would want to mechanize my chosen handcraft with a machine that has too many moving parts for my comfort, but I did it for two reasons: I love stockinette but hate knitting it, and I have a yarn stash that is so huge it could … More Scary New Toy

Presto Change-o, A Sock Turns Into A Pullover

About 7 years ago, Andie Luijk, the color genius and owner of Renaissance Dyeing, asked me to write patterns for yarn kits using her beautiful natural-dyed yarns. It was a wonderful opportunity. I was deeply flattered at being asked to do it, I tried really hard to design things that other people would want to knit and … More Presto Change-o, A Sock Turns Into A Pullover