Stash dive

This should be out next week, and I wanted to run the yarn down with you so you can go on a stash dive/lys excursion as needed! So, I used three yarns for this (though you could get away with just two if you were so inclined). The dark purple at the brim and the gray on the hat body are two different colors of the same base. And then there's some wild pink floofy business held alongside the gray yarn and for the squiggly lines. On my hat, I used La Bien Aimée's Merino DK in Madeleine for the [...]

April 17, 2024|


Yup, yup that is unquestionably both a different color and a more solid color (the second pic shows the hat pre-dunk, the yarn in the first pic is the leftovers from the skein I knit with). It is not, perhaps, the color I would have picked had I been given a magic wand and told to pick whatever I wanted. Nor is it precisely the color I was expecting. But it absolutely for sure is now much more solid and does a much better job of showing off the stitch pattern. Quick run down of comments/questions from yesterday's ig post. [...]

April 13, 2024|


I have undoubtedly done this wrong. I do not care that I have done it wrong. Please do not tell me the ways in which I have done it wrong. The company that makes the dye has provided instructions over here. If you undertake a similar process, you should follow them. I for sure did...some of what they said. The hat is for sure...not the same color it was when I started. Wanna see...

April 12, 2024|

Not a teabag

This...this is not a teabag. It was going to be! But there has been a change of plans.⁠ So the hat, even after blocking, even after staring at it from a distance while squinting, even after speaking to it as persuasively as possible, continued to be...not the best match of stitch pattern and yarn color.⁠ And I, even after many years of experience that should have taught me better, continue to be both alarmingly stubborn and highly susceptible to the sunk cost fallacy.⁠ So I figured I'd brew up a mouth-puckeringly strong pot of tea and chuck the hat in [...]

April 11, 2024|

Popped Expansion Pack

So, this is a little different than my usual patterns. Instead of being instructions to make a specific thing, it's more like a bag of blocks! You've got a whole bunch of pieces (more than 70 different charts), all based around the same lovely stitch pattern, that you can stack up to make all sorts of things. ⁠ Now don’t worry, I do tell you exactly how to make both of the hats you see in the picture! But I do that as a starting point, as an example of how you might put the pieces together. My real intent [...]

April 9, 2024|

I have a bad idea

It's done, I still don't like it, but I do have a bad idea you should talk me out of...or into! But first, please note, I have no complaint with the yarn. The yarn is lovely, it's one of my very favorite bases, and I have a whole bucket of it. But the color just does not want to play nicely with this stitch. And again, please note, this is an entirely subjective judgement. I can tell from the comments yesterday that many of you are smitten with it, and that is absolutely fine! It's just not currently calling my [...]

April 5, 2024|

Fit of pique

Despite several hours of trying to create more fabric through just the power of my brain, more fabric failed to materialize. So I switched to creating more fabric with my hands. Which worked better. I remain, however, completely unsure as to whether the yarn is too busy for this pattern. It got better as I went along (and the back side is all stockinette, which calms things down a bit more), but it's still a liiiiiiittle too...something. But I'm more than half way through (it's a hat, it's not a big project), and if I knit any more fabric to [...]

April 4, 2024|

Either Or

I am...unsure of this. Either it will be lovely once I get a little further along (this is the most likely outcome, and I shall keep telling myself this, quite firmly, as often as needed). Or the yarn is just a hair too busy for the pattern (I always always always think this at this stage, it is rarely true). And the only way to know is, alas, to keep knitting. Please reassure me, either with tales of busy yarns that calmed down when you got a bit more knitting done, or with tales of projects that were much better [...]

April 2, 2024|


I've figured out the plan for these!⁠ ⁠ We've been talking all week about how the thing my brain REALLY loves to do is come up with pretty stitches, and then come up with ways to work with them, to slide in an out of them, to shape fabric around them. How that's a lot of what makes my designs look like my patterns. We also talked recently about how this month marks the fifteen year anniversary of Popped, my very first pattern. And quite a few of you playing along at home have noticed that the socks you saw [...]

March 9, 2024|
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