Dream Big (Plus Giveaway)

So just to recap, way back in March I introduced you to the amazing Dreaming of Shetland project in support of Deb Robson's work.  Then, in August, the first installment of the book came out and I talked a bit more about the project itself.  Now, I'm happy to say, the installment with my project in it is out! I can't tell you how delighted I am by this book.  It is a beautiful example of the fiber community coming together to support one of our own.  You know how you have that sneaking suspicion that knitters really are pretty [...]

September 16, 2013|

Dream a Little Dream

As some of you may recall, earlier this year The Boy and I headed out to our local picturesque abandoned greenhouse (every well equipped town has one).  We were hunting for photoshoot locations, and we snapped a few pics of some lovely pink mitts while we were there.  I let you know they were for a project, and I promised I'd come back and tell you all about it when it went live. Well it's out now, and I couldn't be more delighted!  May I introduce Dreaming of Shetland: A Dream-Funder Project for Deborah Robson. I first met Deb when [...]

August 19, 2013|

Swatch…Bare Naked

I've been a fan of Anne's work for just about as long as I've been knitting. She has an aesthetic and style that really stands out, and it's always easy to spot one of her designs! So when I heard she'd turned her talent to making yarns, I was excited to try them. I had great fun swatching four of the yarns up (click any of the pictures for bigger versions). Anne's new yarns, and my new book, seemed to offer a perfect opportunity for me to talk a bit about a subject of interest to most knitters, yarn substitutions! [...]

May 29, 2013|

What Else?

You guys all know the book is going up for preorders on Tuesday.  And I'm sure you can imagine how calm and cool and collected that has me feeling.  Yup, super relaxed, that's me.  Not at all dervish like or engaged in any sort of frantic scramble to make sure things are organized just so for that.  Nope, not at all.  But just so you don't think I've been lolling about, monogramming cupcakes and alphabetizing my spice drawer while I wait for the big day, I thought I'd come tell you about a whole different project. Many of you know [...]

April 3, 2013|

Book Yarn, Part XIV

Last, but definitely not least, this is the lovely Nate Sock Yarn by Briar Rose Fibers in the color 110 (such a romantic name).  It's a slightly rustic fiber with just a tiny bit of variation in thickness from one spot to the next. I've worked with Briar Rose before.  I first heard about it on Brenda Dayne's marvelous Cast On podcast.  I sought it out at last year's Great Lakes Fiber Festival.  I bought three and immediately turned one into Propitiate for The Boy.  I just cast on with the second a few days ago for an (as of [...]

August 3, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part XIII

This lovely temptation is Classic Merino Superwash Sport by Knitting Notions in the color Dark Rose.  My camera decided to lie the day I took this picture. The yarn is actually a bit darker and, well, rosier, in person - more pink and less red. Knitting Notions shows at several of the fiber events in my area, and I've been lucky enough to see all of Catherine's yarns in person.  Her booth is unmistakable and irresistible.  She does a really beautiful job of displaying all her yarn to its best advantage.  If you're going to any of her upcoming events, [...]

July 31, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part XII

These are wicked good fun.  Let me explain.  I believe I may have mentioned my feelings about colorwork.  I just don't do it.  I don't get it.  I don't (generally) like it.  I don't know how to do it well.  It eludes me. But I do occasionally go 'ooooooh, pretty colors...I want pretty colors' (admit it, most knitters are swayed by pretty colors).  So this seems like the perfect compromise. These are part of the gradiance collection by The Unique Sheep.  The gradiance collection is sets of different yarns in colors that shade subtly (or not so subtly) into one [...]

July 29, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part XI

This is the marvelous Dream in Color Smooshy in the color Chinatown Apple.  I love this yarn.  It is a perfect example of truth in advertising.  It is absolutely totally 100% smooshy. That is exactly the right word for it.  It feels marvelous and knits up beautifully. Now somehow, I've yet to make my own pair of socks out of any of the Dream in Color yarns.  A quick perusal of my stash reveals at least half a dozen skeins (including one duplicate color that I apparently loved enough to buy twice).  I will have to do something to remedy [...]

July 28, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part X

This is Serenity 20 by Zen Yarn Garden in the color Cherry Garcia.  And unlike last time, there are no lies here.  Zen is exactly the right word to describe this yarn.  It's a lovely merino, cashmere, nylon blend, and it's just about irresistible. Zen Yarn Garden is another new company for me.  I noticed that an awful lot of the socks I was clicking on on other people's sites were made with their stuff, and I had to check them out.  I'm glad I did.  Their blends are lovely, they have a beautiful color sense (reds...lots and lots of [...]

July 27, 2010|
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