Category: Patterns

New Pattern Release: Flying Spaghetti Monster Hat

Merry ChrisFSMas! I just published my newest pattern, The Pastafarian FSM Hat, on Ravelry! I really wanted to get this one out earlier, in more time for Christmas — but life conspired against me, with a death in the family and a computer that also died (but thankfully was resurrected with about 3 days of…

New Pattern Release: Two-Tone Mobius Cowl

I just published my newest pattern, Two-Tone Mobius Cowl, over on Ravelry.com! If you're thinking, "yeah, but that mobius cast-on is SO confusing and difficult" — guess what?  I've fixed that problem.  If you’ve been frustrated by the “popular” version of the mobius cast-on, try mine instead. Knit two rows, perform three simple steps (shown…

Three Holiday Dec Ideas

As long as we're on the subject of knitting for the holidays — if you have some spare time and spare yarn, here's some cuties for you.  All these are my original designs, and newly available on Ravelry. First up, felted Holiday Baubles, made with short rows in garter stitch and embellished in any number…

Three Holiday Gift Ideas

There are only 27 knitting days 'til Christmas!  So I have three ideas for quick knitted gifts for you.  And to really mix up the metaphors, I have something old, something new, and something borrowed.   First up: a knitted teddy bear (or your choice of a couple of other animals) entitled "Magic Friends" from…

Champagne, Anyone?

drumroll please…  Et voilà!  I can now unveil pictures of my latest sock design. While you may have sipped champagne while you knit, I bet you haven’t ever knitted champagne glasses, in a veritable champagne fountain — complete with little bubbles! The openwork heart on the toe is of course optional, and I can tell…

New Sock Club Design

I’ve said it before, but — it’s so hard to write on your knitting blog, when you can’t blog about what it is you are knitting. But now I can reveal that soon,  the next installment in the sock club by “For Yarn’s Sake” will be released, with this month’s design by yours truly!  The…

Wonder of Wonders

OK, short version (because I want to get back to knitting) — but I can't resist sharing this, either. Friend in New Zealand has found out her breast cancer has come back.  Sucks incredibly.  Is going through chemo, and asked if I would knit her some hats. Gave her my Ravelry password (don't rat me…

Sock Design 101: Part 3

Oh, hi. You got that basketweave sock done all the way to the heel then?  Not quite?  OK, good, we’ll "pick up" where we left off.  (ha, ha, little knitting humor there.  Very little.) Last time we went through the exercise of setting up the basketweave pattern st so that it was centered on the…

“Rite of Spring” lace sock pattern

  The “Rite of Spring” lace sock pattern, which was the April exclusive to the Fearless Fibers lace club, is now available for everyone to purchase as a Ravelry download!  let’s see if this works… I am unsure whether you have to be a Ravelry member to use that button.  (But if you’re not, what…

“Rite of Spring” Sock (for FF Lace Club)

OK, you got a peek at the toe a couple of weeks ago — now here’s the rest of it!   I said you wouldn’t get bored halfway through, now didn’t I? This is the pattern for the April ’09 shipment from the Fearless Fibers "Whisper of Spring" lace club.  It’s only being sent out to…

sneek pink — I mean, peek

OK, so obviously I am a sucker for pink.  And being a redhead, this can be problematic — although I am starting to see more and more hairs that are, shall we say, colorless — so maybe this issue will resolve itself in time.  (My hairdresser refers to them as "platinum highlights", BTW.  Talk about…

For Breakfast In Bed

It’s kind of a long story, but what the heck — you’ve got some time to kill, right?  I’ll valiantly try to keep it short. A decade ago, plus or minus, my brother and I were back in Iowa, helping my mom as she attempted to continue living in her apartment.  As part of the…

Vine Leaf Socks

Ahhhhhh — finally, I can sit back, relax and blog a little bit.  And it’s great that I can now write about something that’s recently been taking a lot of my time. If I were to tell anyone else how things have been just "crazy busy" lately in the world of knitting, well, they’d probably…

UFOlympics! the first event

Ummm… I have good news, and bad news. First, the good news:  UFO #0, Brioche st hat:  FINISHED 07/07/08. Final time (offical Swiss, of course):  2 days. The crowd goes wild! Yarn:  Manos del Uruguay silk & wool. Pattern:  my own Polar Bear Pattern. Shameless plug:  this is a sample for a class I’ll teach at the Knitting…

Twisted 3-st Cables, the Japanese Way

So, flipping through a Japanese knitting book of pattern stitches one day, I came across a twisted rib and cable pattern that I thought would make a VERY handsome sock for DH…which it did. If you’ve never seen a Japanese knitting book, let me tell you — very sensible system they have, those Japanese.  Everything is…

Kenkyo Socks

OK, once again my lack of recent blogging is due to me having to work on other stuff.  (Lately I’ve really been forced to admit there are only so many hours in a given day, or week.  And some of them are required for sleeping, or else I get even more really cranky.)  But big…