Well, they're done, and the pattern's out! It's been a long road for these mitts.  I first made them an alarmingly long time ago (they were one of the very first mitts I did).  I knit them, loved them, wrote up the pattern, folks made them, all was well.  Then, last year, I started to get an itch.  An itch to completely re-do many of my favorite early patterns.  I tried to ignore that itch for a very long time (it's a huge undertaking), but I could not.  So I jumped in.  I started with these. First, I knit another [...]

April 4, 2014|

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|

Out of the Bag

I made mention, when I talked about the pink mitts, that they were going to be part of a collaborative project.  I was all circumspect and discreet and gave no details away.  For you see, it wasn't my project so it wasn't my place to spill the beans.  But the beans, the beans have now been spilt (which spell check tells me is the wrong way to put spill in the past tense, but I maintain is just fine), so I can blab away. I'm thrilled to announce that these mitts will be one of many projects in a collaborative [...]

March 21, 2013|

Ah, the Glamor

As mentioned before, we went out on Sunday to scout for photo locations.  We took the pink mitts along with us because it's much easier to judge how suitable a spot is for taking photos if you actually, say, take photos.  That, and I needed photos of the pink mitts. Now, the process of taking photos, especially photos of hands, is a tricky one.  Trying to put your hands in some position that looks natural and comfortable and reasonable in the photo usually means contorting your hands, your body, and quite possibly your very soul into the most uncomfortable and [...]

March 20, 2013|

Actual Knitting

Between the reading and rereading and rerereading of the proofs, there has only been a bit of time and energy for knitting.  But that little bit has been quite pleasant.  Here's the first of the redone mitts finished and blocked. I switched the thumb gusset out to the style I like better these days.  It fits well and is easy to knit.  I think it looks nifty too, but I could be biased. The second one is on the needles and might even be finished this weekend.  Or maybe I'll nap.  Depends on how cross-eyed I end up after the [...]

March 8, 2013|

Interstices (and Giveaway)

The pattern for Interstices is now available.  There's a wee giveaway, read on for details. I probably shouldn't say it, but I sort of love these.  They're quick, can be made from leftover bits of sock yarn, and are super stretchy.  All of that makes them eminently suitable for gift/swap knitting.  They look far more complicated than they are (the main repeat is only 4 rows long), which always feels somehow both sneaky and deeply satisfying.  Add in their shamelessly frilly fluffy frivolous nature and their bargain price ($1.99 through Knit Picks Independent Designer program), and I'm not sure you [...]

April 20, 2010|


Do you see that tree?  That tree with the leaves and the wee pink flowers?  Wouldn't that tree make you think of spring, of warm sunny days and soft breezes and singing birds?  Yeah.  That tree is a filthy liar.  It started snowing about 20 minutes after we took that picture.  I'm cold.  The pattern should be out next week.  Perhaps by then the snow will have melted.

April 18, 2010|

Dear Madam

To the person who wrote to me insisting I: hurry up with the pink mitts already be sure to release them as a free pattern explain how to use worsted weight instead of fingering weight describe how to work them back and forth instead of in the round I'm afraid I must decline. I generally try to be accommodating.  Really I do.  If someone has a question or a problem with one of my patterns (which happens very rarely) I will do what I can to help.  Alas, rushing to release a completely reworked version of a pattern for free [...]

March 29, 2010|
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