May 16, 2015

Here, Have a Coupon Code...

From today through next Saturday (May 23), if you use the coupon code NEWBLOOM, you can get $1.00 off the price of my new pattern Perennials.

Click here to go straight to Ravelry with the code already added.

Happy Knitting!

May 14, 2015


Even in the middle of a drought, you can have flowers year 'round with Perennials.

Yarn: Cascade Venezia Sport or Venezia Sport Multis, less than one skein each MC and CC.

Needles:  US size 5/3.75mm


(Mille grazie to our friends Cheyenne and Naomi for serving as my models.)

May 12, 2015

Coming Soon

...a little something for your inner geeky fangirl
(yarn = Lambie Toes from Dizzy Blonde Studios).

May 11, 2015

February (yes, February) Socks

Not much knitting that I can show you b/c I've been working on some new designs, BUT I have socks.  My February socks from the Knit From Stash 12-pair mystery sock-along.  Yupp.

I messed up the heel.

I put them in "time out" to think about what they had done.

I left them there too long.

I messed up the heel again.

They were too short.

I messed up the heel AGAIN.

You see where this is going, right?

Friday afternoon, I ran up the white flag and frogged Clairese's socks.  My February socks.  It is now mid-May.  Ugh.

I cast on again on Friday evening.  Here's how far I've gotten.

I think it's time to revise my goal.  "12 pairs in 15" just isn't going to happen.  Four?  Six?  Hmm....

May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Special love going out to my "comadres" today on Mother's Day, those mentioned by name in "A Mother's Comfort" and the many, many (too many) others.

May 2, 2015

Attending MDSW?

Stop by the Bijou Basin Ranch and check out Maddie by Shannon Okey. One skein, bay-BEE!

May 1, 2015

Going to MDSW? WISH you were?

Even if you're staying home and only experiencing the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival through others' social media posts, you can still participate in Cooperative Press's Sheep and Cowl promotion.

Check it out:

We love indie dyers, so we've partnered up with more than a dozen of them to run a great contest at Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend. Join the mailing list at the link above to get your game instructions before Saturday, or pick up printed sheets on site in Cooperative Press' booth. There are both on-site and play-at-home versions of the contest, so everyone can play.

Cooperative Press will be in the Lower Corral area again (near the sheepdog trials), and we'll have 50 limited edition hand-dyed kits for Grey-diant, the cowl seen above. 

CP's own Shannon Okey designed a cowl to highlight yarns by each of her favorite dyers who will be at Maryland. (Read more in the related Knit Edge issue 7 article, "Cowl-operation"). After the show, they'll be released as a print book called The Cowls Are Not What They Seem, which you can preorder now from CP, and which will include not only a few more cowls that won't be at Maryland, but also lots of instructional content, too.

Help us spread the word: check out our Facebook pageTwitter and Instagram to find shareable content, or forward this email to friends. Watch the hashtag #sheepandcowl all weekend long for action from the show! Thanks for supporting indie in all its forms!

April 28, 2015

Picture, if you will*... editor who works with an amazing small independent publisher.  Now, imagine that publisher is a publisher of fiber-related books (and smart fiction).

Is this what you pictured?

If not, thank you for playing.  Don Pardo has some lovely parting gifts for you.

I've been sitting on this news for over a week, but now that it's official and those affected have been notified, I can spill it:  I will be editing the next two books in The Defarge Series from Cooperative Press.  Heather Ordover has done a fabulous job on the three books released so far, but needs to cut back on her editing responsibilities.  For me, this couldn't have come at a better time. I am honored to get to work with Shannon Okey, Heather (consulting as Awesomesauce At Large on the books), and a talented bunch of designers, several of whom are already friends of mine.

SO, with my added workload, I'll need to come up with some sort of schedule for posting, but I'm not going to blogfade;  I'll still be here.

In the meantime, knit on with your bad selves!

* With apologies to Rod Serling

April 11, 2015

(Over)Dye Job

The aforementioned (over)dye job from today worked great.  The color change now looks intentional (even though it's still in the middle of a lace pattern), like a border, instead of like an oops.


Saturday...In The Park?*

How do you like to spend your Saturdays?  Are you a run-around, "Do ALL THE THINGS" person, or do you like to sleep in and take it easy?  Maybe some combination of the two?  Is Saturday an ordinary work day for you?

Me, I like having some fun stuff to do, but the occasional "nothing on the calendar" Saturday is like having a golden ticket.  I cherish my Saturday mornings because it's the only day all week I don't have to set my alarm clock.  I rarely sleep past 8:00 since my body is SO used to waking up at 6:00 Monday through Friday, but it's still a pleasure.

Today?  Today is a yoga-pants-and-giant-sweatshirt-wearing, yarn-dyeing, laundry-doing, "Arrow"-watching, shawl-knitting kinda day.  And I'm likin' it.

Slow mornings - ALL mornings - start here.

The dyeing?  I ended up having to use two different yarns in my "rough draft" of a lace design for Cascade Yarns Forest Hills, and the finished product I ran out of yarn and had to grab a different color in the middle of a lace pattern.  To turn it into something I wouldn't be afraid to wear in public, I decided to dye it.  Should be interesting.  (And I'm feeling rather proud for thinking of putting the Crock Pot inside something to minimize drips on) the stove, thankyouverymuch.)

(Coral + Steel Blue) yarn + 1 scoop Royal Purple + 1/2 scoop Midnight Blue should do the trick!

My ultra-fancy, high-tech dye setup.
Don't worry - that particular Crock Pot is for
dye only; food is NEVER cooked in it.

The knitting?  Well, I wasn't gonna do any "work knitting" today, but I caved because I'm having so much fun concocting this project with Lambie Toes from Dizzy Blonde Studios ("rough draft" is THIS color.).  So, with "Arrow" on the laptap via Netflix streaming, and headphones on to block out T1's "M*A*S*H" binge, I play.  Sorry I can't show you a WIP picture.  Eventually....

What are YOU doing with your Saturday?  Whatever it is, I hope you're enjoying it.

* With apologies to Chicago and Peter Cetera.