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…

The Anniversaire Cardi: My First PomPom Knit

I stumbled across the Anniversaire pattern on Ravelry a few months ago and added it to my queue lickety-split. This cardigan, designed by Veera Välimäki for Issue 21 of PomPom Quarterly, has more texture by far than any garment I’ve ever made, but it wasn’t just the texture overload that appealed to me. This cardigan is…

Kiuru Hat Test Knit

Many of you have probably seen the cable-covered Kiuru pullover pattern in Laine Magazine: Issue 3. A few of you may know that I started knitting that design back in January, but as warm weather approached I hibernated it away until the arrival of cooler days. Much like sweater projects, some reptiles, amphibians and fish…

The Portage Cardi KAL

When my gal pal Selena (@dankfiber on Instagram) suggested we host a KAL with prizes for the Portage Cardigan we were planning to knit together, I was immediately intrigued. After a little thought I decided to go for it, and we started brainstorming prize ideas. Below is the KAL announcement we came up with, which…

Nelchina, My First Steeking

Nelchina is yet another masterful design by Caitlin Hunter (Boyland Knitworks) that combines colorwork and texture. The entire yoke is a complex and intriguing pattern of colorwork that I liken to the shadows you might see displayed on a forest floor, and the body and arms are covered in squishy 4-stitch cabled repeats. Below are…

Fleesensee Hat

KAL’s are almost always an impetuous undertaking for me. Typically I plan my knits well in advance, but then sometimes certain lately sprung KAL’s are all too tempting. And hey, when you have the yarn already on hand, why not join in? Meet the Fleesensee hat by Verena Cohrs of The Wool Club. (Fleesensee is…

The Grand Zweig Sweater

When Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks cited Stefan Zweig as the source of inspiration when naming her newest sweater design, I confess that this English major had never heard of him. According to Wikipedia, Zweig was a famous Austrian writer of the early 1900’s, and since I consider myself fairly versed in the literature of…

Magnetic North Mash Potato Socks

A lot of yarns do not photograph well or consistently due to their color and/or texture. This yarn from the fantastic Indie dyer Lauren of Old Rusted Chair is one of them, despite being among the most beautiful colorways I have ever seen. This magical, speckled, blue/purple tonal colorway is called “Magnetic North,” and I…

Knit Layette with Cables

If you visit the Purl Soho website eight to ten times a day as I do, then you know what I mean when I say Purl Soho is magical. I want to make all of their crafts! I want to own all of their supplies! For this project I wanted something special for a special friend,…