Yes yes. There will be lacy curls in the sequel.  I promise.  There are a few on the needles right this minute.  But this? This is not one of those. This is all dense and waffle-y and textured.  And I'm quite hopelessly taken with it!  The yarn (Wistful by Briar Rose) totally helps, too.

June 30, 2015|

Nacarat & Briar Rose Fibers (giveaway)

I'm using the Curls preorder to introduce the patterns and yarns from the book. I'll be featuring a new pair each day. Most of the yarn companies have donated lovely prizes, so come back every day to see what's new!  Nacarat in Fourth of July from Briar Rose  I've often confessed that I rely on several marvelous sample knitters to help me produce all the pieces you see in my books.  There is just no way I could knit everything myself and still put out books at the rate I like to publish them.  But every now and then, a [...]

November 19, 2014|

Noble Resolve

Having successfully sent of every single one of the preordered books (more than a week ahead of the deadline, thank you very much!), and given the unseasonably awesome weather, a little trip to the Great Lakes Fiber Show seemed to be in order this weekend.  This has become something of a tradition.  We went in 2012, 2010 (no blog entry, shameful I tell you, shameful), and 2009.  Once again, I exercised uncharacteristic restraint.  I swear I'm getting pickier about yarn by the day.  I'm able to resist most yarn, no matter how tempting.  It's only the really good stuff that still [...]

May 28, 2013|

Rhinebeck Report

I'll preface this by saying I'm a bad blogger.  A very very bad blogger.  I took no Rhinebeck pictures.  Not one.  If you are looking for sheep-y yarn-y pics, go check out someone more diligent.  I my defense I can only say it was my first Rhinebeck and I was in a daze of wool fumes.  I'll have to settle for a written report (plus a stash enhancement pic). We were rolling Rhinebeck in with a larger vacation, so we spent Thursday implementing a masterful car packing plan and delivering the Kitten Overlords to The Boy's parents (saints I tell [...]

November 1, 2012|

Goodies All Around

I now have further proof that yarn people are unbearably awesome.  The marvelous Chris Roosien swung by yesterday and saw you guys talking about her lovely Briar Rose yarn.  She noticed that some of you hadn't (yet) fallen prey to the wonders of her offerings.  So now, in addition to having sent me a skein of Wistful to give away, she's also going to give everyone a discount.  That should help tempt a few of you newbies to give it a try (and perhaps convince a few of you who already know all about it to get yourselves a little [...]

July 26, 2012|

Rabble Rousers Yarn Giveaway

Because I love you all, and because yarn people are the very nicest people imaginable, I've got some goodies to give away over the next few weeks to mark the launch of Rabble Rousers.  (I seriously love my job, not only do I get to play with all this pretty yarn, I get to give it away and make others happy too!) I'm starting with Wistful by Briar Rose.  This is the yarn I used to make Clamor, and holy wow is it yummy stuff.  It's an alpaca, merino, silk blend.  The alpaca gives it just a hint of a [...]

July 25, 2012|


I feel a tiny bit bad that it's been so long since I've put out a pattern.  The last one was Chamfer in what, February?  Now to be fair, the e version of The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet did go live in March, so it's not like you've not got something to keep your needles busy.  But still, I'm used to putting out an individual pattern every month or so, and the longer time frame is making me a bit twitchy.  But never fear, it's all in the service of a bigger project! After seeing how much fun Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet [...]

May 16, 2012|

Deceptively Adorable

The hat is done...washed, blocked, and otherwise prepped.  It is totally and completely adorable.  That is, it is totally and completely adorable when I have it on my head.  It looks rather goofy and lumpy when on Alphonse the handy hat form.  For you see, Alphonse is about the size of a normal person's head.  My giant dome is a good 2 and a half inches bigger (blame the hair...or maybe I drank too much milk as a kid).  All of which means that a hat that fits me doesn't quite fit Alphonse. Some time I'll try and get a [...]

April 2, 2012|

Luck of the Draw

Having fortified ourselves with pancakes (to do otherwise would be bordering on irresponsibility), we headed out to the Black Swamp Spinner's Guild Market Day.  This year, they started charging a tiny (one dollar) entrance fee.  Given what goes into organizing something like this, I think that's totally reasonable, and we were happy to pay it.  After we handed over our entrance fee, they had us write our names on little raffle tickets and dropped them into a bin.  My natural inclination in such cases is to write something ridiculous like Isabella Imogen Perseverance Paddington, but this time I actually wrote [...]

March 26, 2012|
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