March 14, 2014

Number Nine . . . Number Nine . . .

Why, yes! I am a Beatles fan! How could you tell?

I’ve just released my ninth pattern, Jump in the Line socks. They are available for sale through Ravelry, regularly for $4, but through the end of this month, you can get them for 25% off ($3)!

Jump in the Line socks

February 16, 2014

I think I’m in love

(If you now have an Eddie Money song on endless repeat in your head, you’re welcome!) (And I was going to post this on Friday for Valentine’s Day, but life happened.)

Some time ago, the lovely NEPatty (Ravelry name) lent me a pair of ChiaGoo Twist Red Lace tips and a few cables to go with them (two of the Red Lace, and one of the Spin), to help me in my quest for the Best Interchangable Needles EVAR. I liked them so much . . . I still haven’t sent them back to her. In fact, it’s been so long that she suggested they’ve acclimated to the atmosphere in my house, and I should just keep them. I am going to send them back to her, though. Especially since I finally succumbed to temptation and bought myself a complete set, sizes 2 to 15. “Love” might be a strong word for how I feel about them, but then again, maybe not. Continue reading

February 1, 2014

I’m only Ten Years Late

Stitch ‘n bitch: the knitter’s handbook, by Debbie Stoller, was published in 2003, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it over. (It only looks like I’m eleven years late. I actually did this last year, but I kept putting off writing about it.)

I have reasons for taking this long. They may not be good reasons, but I have them! The book is part of Debbie Stoller’s mission to let people know that knitting is cool. Well, you know . . . I learned how to knit in the late ’70s, when I was nine years old. I thought it was neat, and fun, and if people didn’t think I was weird because I knit, they thought I was weird for other reasons. In other words, the coolness factor wasn’t an issue for me. Plus, by the time Stitch ‘n bitch came out, I was really tired of hearing that Julia Roberts could be found knitting between takes on movie sets. I did not think this book was for me.

But, my mom got a copy for herself at some point. After she died, I took it home, and eventually I decided that as long as I had it, I might as well give it a look. Continue reading

January 27, 2014

All Cats Are Live

Finally. Well, it’s actually been live for while. It only took me three months to finally say something about it here! It Back in October, I released All Cats Are Grey on Ravelry, and also on Craftsy (links are on the pattern page).

All Cats Are Grey

I’m really, really pleased with this one. The pattern includes a tutorial for double-knitting, so even if you’ve never done any double-knitting before, or haven’t done any colorwork with it, you can still make this hat. Some of my test-knitters were new to double-knitting, and they all made beautiful hats. Some of my testers were experienced dk-ers, and they enjoyed the pattern, too.

I hope you like this hat as much as I do!

December 26, 2013

Drive By Posting

I have a bunch of things I need to post about:  All Cats Are Grey is live and available for sale on Ravelry; all my patterns on Ravelry are 30% off through the rest of this month; I have a test knit going for a pair of socks; I am working on a pattern for a shawl for a mystery knit-along . . . what else?  What else?!?  I know there’s something, but I can’t think of it. Now I remember. A bunch of independent designers are getting together to do a group blog, and I’m going to take part in it. Hopefully this will inspire me to write more on here!

Anyway, what I really wanted was to ask if it’s just me, or do you really hate it when you’re working on something and the pattern says, “Work in stockinette stitch for three inches,” so you work about as many rounds as you think you need, then measure it, and see that you need another round, so you knit another round, and measure again, and you’ve got half an inch to go still?

July 23, 2013

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Have you seen Sally Hansen’s new polish, Fuzzy Coat? We just saw it in the store today, although I think it’s been out for a couple of months. It seems to be a polish made with knitters in mind, with color names like “Tight Knit” and “All Yarned Up.” And it is actually fuzzy. There are little bits of fibers to give it a textured look, and feel, I think.

I have not actually tried it out. I don’t know if I will. I don’t tend to like textured polishes. But I might buy a bottle of Tight Knit just for the name.

From the reviews on the Sally Hansen website, it sounds like to get the best results, you should apply a clear or colored, smooth base coat. Without a base coat, the polish doesn’t cover the nail well, and it’s also much more difficult to take off. Then, if you like the look, but not the texture, a layer or two of topcoat should smooth it out some.

Again, I have not used this. I just saw it in the store and knew I had to share it. If you give it a try sometime, I’d like to hear what you think!

May 17, 2013

Promises, promises

I know, I know, I keep saying I’m going to actually write more here, and I don’t, so who’s going to believe me now? Especially when I just joined Facebook.

The All Cats Are Grey hat has been re-knit in Cascade 220 Sport, which was just awesome to work with.

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)

All Cats Are Grey final (inside)



The test knit for it just finished up, and I need to do some final revisions before sending the pattern off to my tech editor!

Next on the designing list is a pair of socks. And I have kind of a vague plan for something in the current Design Along challenge, but I don’t know if I’ll get to it any time soon. But it’s the fifth month of the year, and I’ve still only released 3 patterns. I’ve got to get cracking if I’m going to manage 12 this year!

In non-designing news, at least with me as the designer, I’ve been working on a test-knit for Rachael Richardson. She released the pattern yesterday, Connemara Coast. It is really, really cute, and I definitely recommend it, if you have any little girls in your life.

I’m also supposedly working on Laura Nelkin’s Juego, and Laura Aylor’s Sunstruck, both of which are mystery knit-alongs, but I’ve been so busy with other things that I haven’t gotten past clue #1 on either! They both started last month.

I really will try to post more here. So far, this year has been kind of crappy, to be overly polite about it, and I haven’t felt much like writing anything. Here’s hoping it’s getting better, for all of us (even if you weren’t having a crappy year)!

February 16, 2013

Busy as the beat goes on

No, it doesn’t really make sense to me, either.

The last couple of days, I haven’t really done any knitting. I’ve been working on finishing up a few projects instead, and I’m really happy to have them done.

I still haven’t posted about my resolutions here, but one of them was to publish 12 patterns this year. So far, I’ve got two down, and a third one just got sent to my tech editor.

First up is A Sweater for Fritz, which is a free sweater pattern for 11 1/2″ male fashion dolls. (download now)

A Sweater for Fritz

And Kitsune Cowl was finally released on Valentine’s Day! It’s available for $5.00 from my Ravelry store.

Kitsune Cowl

The next pattern released will be another free one, for this:

Keep Me in Your Heart

I wanted to get it released before Valentine’s Day, but I really need to work on my timing!

January 15, 2013

What’s for dinner, Mom?

Well, the other night, it was my new favorite soup recipe — Golden Cheese Chowder, submitted to the AFC PTC Cookbook by Margie Buhrow — along with a double batch of Alton Brown’s Southern Biscuits. I am, in fact, eating the last of the leftovers of the soup right now. It is at least as awesome as a leftover as it is when you first make it. Continue reading

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January 7, 2013

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There are a few posts I want to have written by the end of January. This is not one of them. This is just a post saying I want to write these posts. I’ve already mentioned most of them, I think, but I’m putting this post here so I have a fairly easy place to find the posts I want to write, so I can (hopefully) actually post them. I also want to see just how many times I can use the word “post” before someone tries to stab me through the phone lines.

1. Weaving in ends.
2. Ripping back.
3. My new favorite soup (which I’ll probably be making for dinner sometime this week, which would seem a good time to post about it). Done!
4. My resolutions for 2013. If you ever remember hearing me say that I don’t make resolutions (which is entirely possible, because I say it almost every year), you’ve probably also heard me say, “Never say never.” Of course, one of those resolutions is to write more on my blog. You know, this one.
5. Ken’s sweater.
6. The All Cats Are Grey hat (and maybe mittens, and scarf . . . and possibly even slippers?), which Cascade Yarns has been gracious enough to give me yarn to make for the final pattern.
7. Valentine’s Day crafting. I have a great idea for making Valentines for Little Cat Z’s first-grade class. If it works, I’ll even tell you how we did it, with enough time for you to make them, too!
8. Little Red in the City. I got a copy for Christmas/Monkey Day 2011, and I’ve been meaning to post about it. Maybe I should finally do that.

I think that’s it.

Except I want to share something else right now. I did a very fun swap this past fall in the Mystery 220 group in Ravelry (if I haven’t already posted about that, it should be added to that list up there). So when Linda Browning, aka tinyknit, suggested doing a swap in her Ravelry group, Tinyknitters, I joined that one, too. It’s the Valentine Pampering with Hot Cocoa swap. If you’d like to join, all you have to do is log on to Ravelry, join the Tinyknitters group (Linda does some amazing things with lace, you won’t be sad you joined), and post in the swap thread that you want to be part of it. There’s one catch. Sign-ups end today, January 7, 2013. I don’t know a specific time, but I do know that Linda lives in Florida, so I’d probably say, try to post before 9 pm Eastern. The swap is international, so you don’t have to live in the US, or even the western hemisphere, to join.

I think that covers everything I wanted to post about tonight. I hope everyone is having a happy new year so far, and I’m glad you all survived the apocalypse last year!

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