Rhinebeck, Jill Draper and my Neutral-esque Treysta

After crawling for nearly two hours through the impossibly congested country roads leading away from Rhinebeck, Emily and I finally made it to the Hudson River. We creeped over the bridge and found that traffic was–for the very first time–starting to disperse. Following a full day at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival we…

Hozuki Hat

This hat has all the slouch! It’s the kind of hat you throw on for a laid back, comfortable style that won’t flatten your hair. Yet the design detail keeps it interesting and fun. The Hozuki Hat pattern is a design by Maiko Hikosaka, who I consider a dear friend. You can find her on…

The Post-Christmas Christmas Gifts Post

This year I did not knit or make any gifts for friends, which is very unlike me. We’ll chalk it up to all the new knitwear designs in which I’ve been immersing myself. (I have another one that I’m hoping to send out for testing shortly in the new year.) Other than my mom’s Portage…

Mom’s Christmas Portage

If it’s blue and I’m knitting it, then there’s a good chance it’s for my mom. She absolutely loves blue, and can you blame her? She looks amazing in it! There are few things I like less than knitting the same large garment TWICE. However, Portage is one of those special pieces that I feel…

Another New Hat Pattern: Murakami

The Murakami hat pattern can be purchased from my Ravelry store here. If you’re a fan of the magical realism genre in literature (and art), then you are likely no stranger to the works of Haruki Murakami. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Murakami constructs mostly first-person narratives whose   characters inhabit an ordinary Japanese world bombarded with…

New Hat Pattern: Xmas at Hogwarts

The Xmas at Hogwarts hat pattern can be purchased from my Ravelry store here. Is there anything more magical than Christmas? Yes—Christmas at Hogwarts! This light and lacy cable beanie design was directly inspired by the yarn, A Homespun House’s Gold Stellina Fingering in none other than the colorway “Christmas at Hogwarts.” The glistening gold…

Contour Cardi: My New Design

The Contour Cardi pattern can be purchased from my Ravelry store here. Soon after releasing The V-Back Tee pattern, I  had been thinking about a design akin to the V-back, only with the line of symmetry for the German short rows placed at the side seams (as opposed to the center back). After much sketching…

How to Knit Cables Without a Cable Needle

I find cable needles to be clumsy and slow. Fortunately, they are entirely unnecessary! Below is a video demonstrating how I work cables without a cable needle. With practice, you can ditch the cable needle for all cables. 

Forest Grove Shawl

Forest Grove is yet another brilliant design by Mara Catherine Bryner (Orange Knits). Worked in the round for the first color, this sizable, oval-shaped shawl showcases evenly spaced eyelets that radiate outward across four colors and through three well-blended color transitions.  For my Forest Grove colors I chose this remarkably gorgeous fading kit that I spied…

I’m ready, Rhinebeck!

Scroll to the bottom of this page to view my video demonstrating how to knit cables without a cable needle. Having knit the Anniversaire cardi earlier this year, I am quite familiar with the cables of Veera Välimäki. Anniversaire features a variety of fun and interesting cables, but it was the rounded depressions of the…