I told you there would be some lacy business coming up, and you know I'm not the type to lead you astray (temptation, yes; astray, no)! I suppose the pattern on this one may be a tiny bit too small scale to truly scratch the lace itch, but the result totally feels lacy to me.  Elle, sample knitter extraordinaire, said it reminds her of chain mail, which I totally get.  I sort of love the idea of a little wisp of knitting (and this is a silk/yak blend by Bijou Basin...wispy is exactly the word for it) as armor against [...]

July 22, 2015|


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|

Tell Me Again

No, really.  Tell me again how gray is super boring and how I'm going to hate having an entire book of gray projects and how everyone else will hate it too.  Because maybe this time I'll believe you. Or maybe I won't.  Because I swear I love every single one of these (and that's before they've been blocked and primped and swirled into place and carefully photographed).  And I'm pretty sure you guys will too. That's the first five projects from the second Curl book.  Projects six, seven, and eight are out with intrepid sample knitters as I type, with [...]

June 29, 2015|


I have a fondness for ribbing.  I mean lace is lovely, and cables are undeniably satisfying.  But ribbing is just so tidy.  I can't help but love it.  Add in 'gray' and 'soft' and 'curly' and I'm all the more smitten. And yes, for those of you counting at home, this is the fourth of the curls in the sequel.  I'm loving how this book is coming together.  I swear it's going to be the most soothing set of projects in the whole wide world.  Every time I look at the pile of finished pieces I'm delighted I went with [...]

June 18, 2015|


I have an unreasonable fondness for knitted fabrics that look woven at first glance.  It's one of the reasons I love this curl.  It's got all of the structure of a woven fabric with the stretch and bounce of a knit.  The back of it is even pretty too (always a nice touch in a wrap, as I am pretty much incapable of making sure just one side faces forward). I am really really looking forward to the photo shoot for these.  It's going to be an unreasonable amount of fun. Just remind me that it's impractical to drag Alethea [...]

May 16, 2015|

Climb on in

Me?  Oh I'll just be over here, curled up in this pile of knitting sleeping for a few weeks.  Naps are good for you. If one of you could take care of figuring out how to make sure the whole world is cushioned with great billowy piles of yarn by the time I get back up, that would be great.  This is Metalico by Blue Sky Alpacas, and I'll officially nominate it as an excellent choice a substantial portion of that cushioning.  It's really rather splendid.

May 12, 2015|


Hi there. I sort of looked up at the calendar and realized I'd somehow managed to wander off for a shockingly long time without checking in.  So, just for those wondering, yup, I'm here.  Here and working.  I am, alas, just doing that sort of work that's somewhat less than photogenic (you really don't want to see pictures of me setting boxes out for the postman or fine tuning hyphens for the next book, it's not terribly fascinating for the onlookers). But, on the slightly more sharable with the world front, there are also swatches for Curls 2 (otherwise known [...]

April 29, 2015|

Argent, Fourth Curls KAL

We're doing knitalongs for the patterns in Curls, and it's time for the fourth pattern in the book, Argent. I am a firm believer in low-key knitalongs, so there isn't really too much structure.  All the details for this one are over the KAL thread in my ravelry group.  But the gist is knit this pattern over the next two months, show it off and talk about it in that thread, and some time after the KAL ends I’ll send someone who posted a picture of a finished project something fun in the mail.  Pretty simple really!  We’ve already got [...]

April 21, 2015|


You know the cool thing about sequels?  Scratch that, there are lots of cool things about sequels (not least of which is that the list of decisions you have to make in producing them is way, way, way shorter than for first books in a series).  You know a cool thing about sequels?  You don't have to be all secretive about them. You all know I'm working on Curls 2 (gray, gray, all glorious gray).  So instead of being alarmingly coy and discreet and saying 'a project for a new book came in' I can just 'holy yarn fairies, the [...]

April 17, 2015|
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