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March 13, 2015


Things must be a bit hectic, lately, because I released this pattern about a month ago and am only now getting a chance to blog about it. I suspect most of you have tracked me down on Ravelry, Twitter, or Facebook and have seen my posts about this set, but if you haven't my latest design features dancing robots (though some people see foxes or cats, it's all good in my book), rocket ships and craggy terrain. 

Julia (looking stunning in the pattern sample) and I spend a lot of time emailing about what we're working on, what we want to work on and how our published pieces have fared over time. It doesn't sound like much but having a friend who designs makes a huge difference. Whether it's a person to celebrate with you when you are really excited about a piece or someone to vent to when you are feeling frustrated or burned out, having someone around who gets it, is great. But you know your designer friend has gone above and beyond when she is so excited about your next design that she offers to knit a sample for a kid's version and have her son model it for the pattern.

Can you even handle how cute he is? The embroidered heart was 100% Julia's idea, and it's probably the best part of the whole design.

The women's version is knit seamlessly from the hems to the armholes and joined in one continuous yoke. Dart shaping is easily adjusted or omitted to get whatever fit you like. The ships are added at the end using duplicate stitch.

The kid's version is knit seamlessly from the hems the underarms, then worked back and forth in rows. There's a placket on the shoulder for comfort when taking the piece on and off.

Patterns are available individually or as a set for 20% off. You can get the discount either by buying the ebook or by purchasing each, separately. The discount is applied automatically when you buy the second pattern.

If you want to see more photos, read all the pattern details, or buy the patterns, you can find them here:

Women's Version

Children's Version


And if you are trying to imagine other color options, I've put together a few options, based on Shalimar Yarn's extensive color palette.

Row 1 (left to right): billies blues/driftwood, love potion/buttermilk, oyster/waterchestnut
Row 2 (left to right): byzantium/buttermilk, shamrock/buttermilk, american beauty/buttermilk

Whatever colors you choose, be sure there's lots of contrast. Those skinny little legs and arms will show up best that way.

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February 1, 2015

Eight is great

A very happy birthday to my goodwill ambassador, body guard, comic relief and snuggle monster.


I hope there's another eight years to come.

All pictures taken Friday with her new favorite toy.

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December 14, 2014

Happy 14th Birthday, Panda

Today, my sweet old girl, Panda, turns 14. She would be born a couple weeks after and about 3000 miles away from when and where Leo and I started dating. We'd adopt her about nine months later, after quitting our jobs and moving to the west coast without jobs or a plan. Looking back, the whole things sounds ridiculous but here we all are, and I wouldn't change a thing.

This was our first meeting with Panda, back in September of 2001. She'd just been spayed, she was scared and shy, she submissive peed a little and then she curled up next to Leo. We took her home that afternoon.


Thirteen years later, her coat has gone from smooth and glossy, to downy and full, she's losing her sight and her hearing and the arthritis in her legs is limiting her mobility, but she seems happy. She still loves her food and her favorite spot in front of the sliding door where she can watch the neighborhood goings-on, and of course, she still loves the beach.


She was our only dog for six years and, honestly, it was a hard sell for me to add anyone else. Panda is a sweet, gentle, easy to train girl who came potty trained and never destroyed any people things. But Thea has kept her playing and Darwin has kept Thea entertained when Panda needs a break. All in all, I think they've been good for her.


She certainly brings me joy, and I hope she feels the same.


Friday, we took everyone to the beach, ran around until they were exhausted and then Leo shared some of his Prime Rib dinner with them. That's basically like taking them to doggy Disneyland and then treating them to their favorite meal. A pretty good birthday party, if I do say so, myself.

So happy birthday to my sweet girl. I love you to pieces.

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November 24, 2014

Twist Collective Winter 2014

Well, what can I say? The new Twist Collective is out and I'm over the moon. Not only do I have two pieces in the edition, but one made the cover. There have been 21 editions of Twist and I've been in all but one of them and my first cover was edition 19, so I consider it a very special honor to make the cover even once. And of course, it helps that James Brittain took the beautiful photos that Kate carefully styled. Every pattern in the magazine is the result of the hard work of a small group of talented people. I feel so fortunate to get to work with all of them.

Of course the magazine is full of brilliant designs. I keep wanting to tell you what my favorites are and then I realize there are too many I love, in different ways, for different reasons. I think it's definitely worth making a few passes through the edition.

And of course, don't miss the articles. Lela Nargi's article on Carol Milne's glass sculptures is not to be missed. Barbara Gregory, whose work is always exceptional, talks about the merits of mosaic knitting. Franklin Habit and Clara Parkes both bring their wit and wisdom to their columns, and don't miss Amy Kings final installment in her goat rearing adventures.

Here's where you can get all the details on my two pieces.









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November 15, 2014

2014 Gift-A-Long

Last year, a few designers organized a mass gift-a-long in which any designer could participate and offer up their patterns for 25% off for a limited time. It was, I would say, a huge success, both for crafters and designers. Well, the gift-a-long is back and bigger and better. I'm really impressed with all the work the mods have done and they've drummed up a ton of great prizes that participating knitters and crocheters can win.

I'll be offering the patterns pictured below (also here) in this year's gift-a-long. Per the GAL rules, ebooks/collections aren't permitted, only individual pattern downloads, and there is a limit to the number of patterns we could offer this year, so I've picked the patterns where the discount will go the farthest. I mean, how many people really need 25% off a $3 pattern, right?


But don't stop at my shop, because there are so many great patterns on sale. Some helpful links:

  • The Gift-A-Long group is here
  • Participating designers and their eligible designs can be found here.
  • Find out about prizes here.
  • What to see blog posts about the GAL? Check out this thread.

I hope you'll take some time to look around, share links with your fellow crafters and, if it's in your budget, support some independent designers while getting a great discount. As always, if you have any questions or problems with purchasing my patterns, don't hesitate to contact me.

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