Friday, April 29

I should be doing dishes...

But, I just have to show off my design inside Kristi Porter's new book "More Knitting in the Sun: 32 Patterns to Knit for Kids." Kristi was awesome to work with - she's sweet, imaginative, and wonderfully creative. The total compilation is fantastic!

My design, Lucy, is a fun, simple, and perfect to wear year round.

I hope you get a chance to explore the book!

Friday, April 15

Elderberry Cardigan - Public Release!

It's the official release of my ...

Elderberry Cardigan

Elderberry Cardigan combines ‘classic’ and ‘simplicity’ into a definitive, lovely piece that will be a favorite year after year.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

Women’s size XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) – Instructions are given in the smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

This is a standard fitting cardigan, so choose the size that is 2 to 3 inches larger than actual bust measurement
Bust: 35.5 (38.5, 41.75, 46, 49, 54, 55)”
Length below armhole: 15.5 (15.5, 15.5, 16.5, 17, 17, 18)”
Cardigan shown measures 38.5” with an ease of 3” in circumference

20.25 sts and 29 rows in 1x1 Rib, moderately stretched, with size 6 needles = 4 inches/10 cm

19.25 sts and 30 rows in 1x1 Rib, moderately stretched, with size 6 needles = 4 inches/10 cm

To be able to knit this cardigan, you should be able (or ready to learn) to knit, purl, knit one stitch below (fisherman’s rib), follow simultaneous shaping instructions, decrease, measure armhole depth, pick up stitches, and seam pieces together.

My patterns include detailed instructions on gauge (both working and finished), the cable cast on, and a 5-st One-Row Buttonhole.

I think you will really enjoy the look, the feel, and the work up of this cardigan. I know *I* did!! I loved it so much that I am now making a mini-version for my (almost) 4yr old, so keep an eye out for the "Younger Berry Cardigan." (haha!)

Tuesday, April 12

I love Books

 I love getting new books and I think you'll enjoy these too.

More Knitting in the Sun: 32 Patterns to Knit for Kids
By Kristi Porter 
If you happen to glance at page 113 to the Lucy Top, you'll notice... ahem... my name! I'm quite honored to have a design included in the collection! 

Product Description
32 warm-weather knitting projects to make for kids
As a knitter and teacher in Southern California, author Kristi Porter knows well what warm-weather knitters want. Based on the success of her previous book, Knitting in the Sun: 32 Projects for Warm Weather, it's evident that patterns for warmer weather and warmer climate knitting are in demand.
This time Kristi focuses her knitting needles on warm weather patterns for children, bringing you a stunningly designed collection of projects and the same beautiful photography you enjoyed in Knitting in the Sun.
  • 32 warm weather patterns for children sized 2-12
  • Garments are designed to be comfortable to both knit and wear during warm weather
  • Other title by Porter: Knitting in the Sun: 32 Projects for Warm Weather
If you enjoy knitting in the summer or live in a climate that is warm year-round, More Knitting in the Sun will keep your needles clicking until the wee hours of morning.

Curvy Crochet By Marlaina Bird and Jill Wright
I am SO not a crocheter, but I'm so psyched for two of my fabulous friends, Jill Wright (who happens to be my mentor, sounding board, devilish partner in some secret knitting adventures, and generally my wonderful gal pal), and Marlaina Bird (the energetic firestorm that is Marly is probably one of the cutest designers I know). They've partnered up to author this awesome booklet of crochet patterns!

Product Description
A collection of fashions designed in lightweight yarn specifically for full-figured women. The lighter yarn gives each garment a feminine, easy-wearing drape that is so flattering to generous curves. Also included are an elegant stole and a felted handbag. 8 projects for crochet: Cowl Neck Tunic, Peasant Top, Stole, Motif Bolero, Felted Handbag, A-Line Vest, Ribbed Waist Tunic, and Tie Back Tunic. Sizes large to 4X.

The Perfect Pillow! By Mary Beth Temple
And, another crochet book (a topic I really know nothing about) by my other mentor, Mary Beth Temple (she tolerates my constant harassment and is adorable to boot). If I DID crochet, I would definitely enjoy these beautiful projects.... hmmm... my mom knows how to crochet....

Product Description
The Perfect Pillow! (Leisure Arts #5243) is a collection of 10 stylish crochet pillows by Mary Beth Temple. The designs offer plenty of variety. Go for bold color or original texture. Try a lacy, vintage bolster or add buttons to a two-toned, contemporary look. Mary Beth shares her insights and inspirations on how she created each of the designs, and provides clear instructions so you can finish these fun projects beautifully. 10 pillows to crochet: 9 in light or medium weight yarns (Loop-De-Loop, Fresh Idea, Art Deco, Buttoned Up, All-A-Whirl, Bachelor's Buttons, Alfresco, Happy Patches, and Tempting Texture) and one in bedspread weight cotton thread (A Little Luxury bolster).

Monday, April 11

Coming Soon

The Elderberry Cardigan is going to be released in just a few days! I'm finishing up some pattern touch ups & such, but not much else to do. So, keep a look out this Thursday - it really is a great pattern that comes in 7 sizes.

I am also working on a mini version (The Youngerberry Cardigan AHAHAHA!) for girls, most likely sized for 18 months to 12.

And, coming up this Friday, Knit Night at the Recycled Lamb. Be there!

Thursday, April 7

First Cover!

It sure has been a while, but you can't blame a girl who has been swamped with tons of knitting work. TNNA proved to be a fabulously good business decision. I imagine you will be seeing me, or rather my designs, in quite a few places this year!
On to something that I CAN share.....


EEeeeee! I'm beyond giddy (truly, I think this level of giddiness is bad for my health).

In the debut summer issue of Knitscene Magazine, you will find my Genesee Cardigan. It's so soft and comfy. So, go grab it! Quick! Quick!

© Knitscene
© Knitscene

My sweet husband has been so tolerate of my excitement. :)
Oh, if you happen to be near the Recycled Lamb Friday, April 15th, come knit with us and grab your copy. I'll be there from 6-8pm.