I have an unhealthy relationship with blocking…

More pieces for Curls 3 have started to come in, and I love each and every one.  I cannot wait to get them properly blocked and show off their full glory.  But until then, you'll have to be content with a little peek at them fresh off the needles. That's out of Knit Circus' Magnificent DK. And that's out of Spun Right Round's Squish DK. Oh wait, it's reversible, so let's see both sides. Now of course you'll get to see them as they get blocked.  But sometimes you can just tell ahead of time that things are just going [...]

August 8, 2017|

Good Mail (yes, more!)

This really is one of the most enjoyable parts of any book...the yarn shower that comes at the beginning... Because really, how could you not love finding that in your mailbox?  That's the Magnificent DK base from Knit Circus in their Brass and Steam colorway, with an extra skein of the yellow that comes at the end (the KC folks are super flexible and will totally help you get the amount/color of yarn you need for whatever scheme you've cooked up!). Or this...it's just pretty much going to make your day no matter what.  I swear it just about glows!  [...]

April 16, 2017|


Do you see that?  That wee little tuft of fluff on top of that finished bit of knitting? That, my friends, is the sum total of the remaining yarn.  I didn't quite use every inch (there are about 6 feet remaining), but there wasn't enough to do even one more row, so I'm calling it good. The piece is done (it's a modified version of one of the patterns in the book that comes out next month, so I can't really show you too much of it now) and will be seeing heavy wear now that it's gotten chilly.  And, [...]

October 10, 2014|


The blue thing has grown (erm, it's all lowering clouds and sunset glow here, hence this seeming to be a rather enthusiastically different color than in the last picture...I don't love you all enough to fiddle with the color on a blog picture, sorry). This is tremendously uncharacteristic knitting for me.  I don't usually do blue (turquoise yes, blue-y blue like this, no).  I don't usually knit flat.  I don't usually knit on big needles.  I don't usually knit wraps.  But this simply needed to be done.  It's cold outside.  This is warm.  The world at large seems exceptionally abrasive [...]

October 8, 2014|


This weekend, for the first time this season, it was well and properly cold.  Not cool.  Not brisk.  Not chilly.  Cold.  As in, the temperature in the house was markedly lower than where we keep the heat set in the winter.  Of course be haven't turned the heat on yet (I'm pretty sure we had the AC on a week or so ago, and I firmly believe there should be a significant period between last use of AC and first use of heat). So, like any reasonably well prepared knitter, I reached for the woolies.  I put on my slippers.  [...]

October 6, 2014|

Bounce bounce bounce

I am generally rather orderly.  Some might say alarmingly orderly.  I'm a huge fan of breaking a large task into smaller ones, putting the pieces in the right order, allocating time for them, and moving through the list.  I've written and published five books in the last few years.  You sort of have to be orderly to pull that off.  At least I do. But right now I'm feeling scattered.  It's not the bad sort of scattered, it's the 'oh holy crap muffins I just had the best idea and now I am absolutely itching to implement it please can [...]

August 7, 2014|

Under the big top, yarn and giveaway

I told you last time that I came home Friday to find a lovely little mood elevator hanging out on my front porch (yarn...fewer side effects than prozac, though it is rather habit forming).  And, while I showed you Kitten Overlord Barry chilling in the box it came in, I didn't actually show you the yarn.  Let's remedy that, shall we (click to embiggen)? That's a whole lot of yarny love, all from Jaala, mastermind the behind the Knit Circus empire (really, you should be listening to the podcast, it's fabulous).  Over on the left you've got three fingering weight [...]

April 27, 2014|

HMS Cardboard

A box came in the mail yesterday.  A box of lovely yarn from Jaala over at Knit Circus.  The timing was perfect, as it was a cold, gray, rainy afternoon and The Boy was out of town and my sinuses were giving me fits and the dishwasher was broken and being an adult was feeling hard.  So a box of smooshy colorful yarn was the perfect remedy.  And very soon, I will be a good blogger and tell you all about the yarn (and maybe even send some of it home with a few lucky souls). But today?  Today I [...]

April 26, 2014|

Knitcircus Interview

You guys know I've long been a fan of Jaala and her marvelous publication, Knitcircus.  I had the pleasure of releasing a sock pattern with her many moons ago, and we've chatted back and forth ever since.  When she asked about doing an interview about the upcoming book, I was more than happy to oblige.  If you'd like to take a look, you can download it on their site!

February 21, 2012|
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