Sunday, January 31, 2010


This year I actually made some knitting resolutions, so I thought I'd hold myself to them by discussing them here. First, learn new techniques by knitting patterns I've been meaning to knit for months... years...

First project: The Emily Dickinson Shawl by knit/lab.

I did indeed use cobweb weight shetland, knit on Addi Turbo lace needles purchased specially for this project. I learned to add beads to my knitting using a tiny tiny tiny crochet hook. Here it is:

Okay, now I just need to block it. I highly recommend this pattern; it's exceptionally well written and, despite the fact that it was a lot of garter stitch, was addictive to knit.

Second resolution: Rework and standardize my older patterns, particularly the free ones that sort of accumulated before I had the (still haphazard but more controlled) design process that I do now. Several are in progress! Stay tuned!

What are your knitting resolutions this year?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lil Sis Other Weaverknits has Photo Skills

At my request, she took some new photos of my Absolutely Fierce Armwarmers:

I'm reformatting a lot of my older patterns, including the free ones, making all my designs uniform and consistent and as clear as possible. I'll post updates as they are completed.

She also took a shot of the Flock of Seagulls Wristlets I made her for Christmas:

Confession: I almost bought silver buttons for these. What was I THINKING??? Someone slap me!

Lots of designs on the horizon, including a group of them that will represent the Things I Like, including:

Lots of buttons
Long zippers
Imperfect handspun
Simple Cables
Fitted Cardigans
Unisex Cardigans

One more thing! I've had enough pattern sales over the last week to make a modest but awesome contribution to Doctors without Borders, so I'm going to continue to contribute 50% of all pattern sales through the end of January.

Update! 1/25: It seems Doctors without Borders has decided that my address does not match my zip code, SO my donation is going to Partners in Health, a Boston-based organization with a similar mission. Check them out!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Help for Haiti

Hey everyone... more to come (I've been seriously sick for the past week), but I'd like to let you know that for the next week 50% of the sales of my patterns will go to Doctors without Borders to help with the Haiti relief effort. Here are links to my for-pay patterns:

Lauren; $3.00

Honeycomb Shawl; $5.00

Tiny Brocade Cardigan
; $5.00

Bicycle Boy; $2.50

Bluebird; $5.00

The World Series Sweater (aka the LUCKY Sweater)
; $5.00

Knitting HUGE Chunky
; $3.00

Wow, comprehensive!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Here by Popular Demand,

I present Yellow on Yellow!

Very simple instructions are free for you to download:

Download me some Yellow on Yellow!

I've been making other things, too, mainly from other peoples' patterns, with the aim of bettering my skilz and learning new ones. Here's a taste: Crochet!

This is the Crochet Fan Bookmark, made large with a size K crochet hook and one, that's right just ONE skein of Noro Taiyo. I like it worn with other patterns (duh), including this Russian sailor's jersey purchased at an army surplus store in Finland.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I'm back in Boston and back to work... I have SO many photos from my vacation to share, but my body is hurting from transitioning back to the 2 am shift, so here's a photo of my most recent design and finished object, Yellow on Yellow:

Take 2 skeins of Malabrigo, a provisional cast on, a love of yellow...

Would anyone like instructions?