Yarn subbing…Part 2

Welcome back to our discussion about substituting yarns! Monday we talked about what considerations go into choosing a substitute yarn and why knowing the fiber content and weight of the original yarn will help you choose a good substitute match. Today we’ll look at texture and gauge. Texture is how the yarn looks – it […]

Let’s sub…yarn that is…

Have you seen a pattern that is exactly what you’re looking for…only to be disappointed because the yarn called for is discontinued, too pricey, doesn’t come in colors you like, or you really just want to use yarn from your stash? Never fear..finding a yarn to substitute for the original is not as difficult as […]

New Designs ~ Love of Knitting Holiday 2014

Boy, did time get away from me this past month! It seems like just yesterday that Love of Knitting released their Holiday 2014 issue..which includes two new designs for me! (The issue was released in early September. 🙂 ) Introducing…. Inara Sweater ~ Vertical ribbing creates a flattering silhouette and can be blocked to your […]

Will you help name me?

Every once in awhile, a design comes along that needs a bit of help. Such is the case now. You see…this lovely vest has no name. The design was a joy to work up, and the finished vest came out exactly as pictured in my mind. And while I am generally narrowing the list of […]

More summer knitting….

One project I’ve embarked on this year is updating older patterns with new photography, because let’s face it – my photos sucked. They were really not good and not presenting my designs well. Earlier this year I met Tabetha Hedrick, fellow designer and photographer, who did some wonderful photos for me. With life intervening, it’s […]

“Grecian Elegance” sweater pattern in latest Patternfish newsletter…..

Did you read the latest Patternfish newsletter? I had a very pleasant surprise when as I read through the newsletter – there was my Grecian Elegance pattern in the Editor’s Choices section! Now, I do love it when folks buy my patterns directly from my website, but if you haven’t visited Patternfish – you should. […]

Summer Knitting….

After a seemingly endless winter…I’m ready for some light, summer knitting. Light garments that help keep you cool or easy, quick projects that don’t take a lot of concentration are on my list. Here’s a couple of newly released designs that might be just what you’re looking for when you think about warm weather knitting….. […]

2014 USA Olympic team sweaters

This week has been an interesting one for those who were waiting for the big reveal of the 2014 USA Olympic team uniforms. Ralph Lauren designed the uniforms again, and this time had them crafted in the US. While there are several garments included in the 2014 uniforms – one in particular has garnered a […]

“Asteri Scarf”…..stay warm with this new design

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a new, self-published design to share….and that makes “Asteri Scarf” special for me. The concept for this scarf was something I had thought about for a long time, and one I think makes for a fun scarf. I’ve seen lots of scarf, and cowl, patterns with buttons – […]

Designer Interview ~ Christine Guest Designs

Today we come to the last interview in my Indie Design Gift A-long designer interview series – isn’t that a mouthful. 🙂 Our guest today is appropriately ~ Christine Guest. Like many of us, she knit (and crocheted) a long time for herself before venturing into designing professionally. Let’s meet her…….. Tell us a bit […]