Decisions decisions

Remember when I mention that one of the things that's handy about sequels is that you have to make far fewer decisions than you do for the first book in a series?  That's been on my mind a lot the last few days.  For you see, I've been making piles and piles and piles of decisions for the next book, and it's making me a little dizzy. The decisions for KCC weren't too bad.  It was the first book I published, so I wanted to keep things simple.  I was also absolutely determined that it would look like it belonged [...]

April 23, 2015|

Coop Knits Socks, Review & Giveaway

One of the most charming parts of TNNA (and yes, I do still owe you the official TNNA post, but I seem to have brought back the traditional TNNA cold, which has taken up residence in my ear and kept me more or less in bed, so this week has sort of gone spiraling away from me and I'm just the smallest bit behind)...ahem, as I was saying, one of the most charming parts of TNNA is finally meeting in person all those folks you've only known online.  Matching up names with faces (or let's be honest, blogs and twitter [...]

July 5, 2013|

Let Me Help You With That

Like many of the designers I know, I very very rarely buy pattern books.  Part of this is because I don't have time to knit other people's patterns (I don't have time to knit my own patterns), and part of it is because I don't want to accidentally see something someone else has done and have it lodge deep in the back of my brain and come spilling out in one of my own patterns. This rule does not apply with stitch dictionaries.  Those I buy with complete and utter abandon.  If I see a new one, I buy it.  [...]

July 3, 2013|


Sometimes the surprise finds are the best.  I knew I'd visit yarn stores on the trip, and I fully expected to enjoy them (and did).  I planned to go out to the shore, and expected that to be delightful (it was).  I did not expect to find a small pile of knitting loot at the Japanese dollar store.  Yet somehow I did. That's some hilarious socks (alas, too small for me, but now on their way to a friend), some graph paper index cards (perfect for sticking the one little chart I always need in my travel knitting pouch), and [...]

June 19, 2013|

Nothing to See Here, Move Along

Lots of behind the scenes stuff going on around here, and not much I can talk about in any way that is even remotely interesting.  I know.  Bad blogger.  I'm sorry. Rest assured, though, that there is good stuff happening.  Patterns for Book the Third are coming along swimmingly.  Book the second is being put on a boat and sent this way.  Mini book is clicking along too.  Progress is being made, but it's largely administrative and organizational progress.  Important, but not exactly riveting for someone else to read about. On the knitting front, things are similarly quiet.  I've finished [...]

May 1, 2012|


I am not temperamentally inclined to follow instructions.  I never have been.  I'm far more likely to make it up on my own and then to pester other people to do it the way I decided to do it (which is likely not nearly as charming as I imagine).  But this tendency to wing it only works if you've got a good, solid grounding in whatever the subject at hand is.  Experimenting is good, flailing is not.  It's that background knowledge that helps mark the difference between the two.  But sometimes, if you're very lucky, you can borrow a bit [...]

February 27, 2012|
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