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Friday, April 29, 2016

SW Va.

 Something that I love about this new area is the amazing outbuildings, 

abandoned and in use.

There have been some wonderful hikes, 

and so many beautiful skies.

And just off my needles -  

The Sidestep Poncho, which should be published next week.  
There's a pattern giveaway on my Instagram page...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another Second Time.

My Empire Barn Raiser jacket has been unwound, steamed and rewound.  
The light on this is just poor, it's not from the tears I shed.
There just wasn't enough yardage for sleeves, the deep bands at the front, and the collar.

To become a smaller, yet to be named pullover.
I am seriously excited about this.

I met Jill this month at VKLive.  
She is most wonderful, and her yarns!  
I'm delighted to say that we now stock Hudson and Esopus at the shop.  

I have a little cowl going on in one skein of the Hudson base, 
look at that blue light reflected from the snow!

Happy Knitting to you all.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What a New Year!

I could go on and on about the trials of moving, helping to relocate the shop and going to VKLive all in the first 2 weeks of January - but,  I will not.  Here are a few photos :

Christmas in Atlanta
Happy New Year!  20 feet of belongings,  and the car!
the car... as full as the truck.
and now the little house is full 
all of the long skinny things on the porch.
It was a gloriously beautiful day to be in and out of the house.
Oliver likes the stacks of boxes... I love all the light.
Now, to work!

New River Fiber Company
And then, to
 Vogue Knitting Live.
11th hour sample knitting - Stilla 
Hotel finishing.... (this hat went missing on Sunday)
Setting up with Diana (the most excellent Navigator).
It was so wonderfully busy that I had no time to venture upstairs or even take pictures, 
but, I met some lovely new friends, and managed to accomplish my 3 goals.

I met Ann + Kay!
I found one amazing book, and bought only one perfect skein of yarn:

And.  Ann mentioned my new pattern Hortensia on their blog today.

It has been a very good year.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Many thanks to you.

A thoughtful token of appreciation, thanks, or love.
Made here in the softest yarn ever, it’s a sensuous delight to knit.

For you.

Ravelry code : sharethelove

good through midnight EST 27Nov2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NellKnitsNovember and the Annual Indie GAL

I am packing to travel to the New River Fiber Co in beautiful Blacksburg, VA.  
NellKnitsNovemeber is in full swing, with discounts on yarn and prizes too!
I'll be teaching two classes this weekend (both on Saturday, 21 November) :

Stranded Colorwork,  featuring DoubleCross


 a class only project, Cables and Lace.

Both of the projects are shown in  Simple Sweater yarn, 
dyed by the Kismet Fiber Works team.  

I'm also doing a little workshop Friday night, 
on the alternate cast on and 
cabling technique used in 

And at the same time 

The Indie GAL on Ravelry begins Thursday 19 November at 8pm EST !

"From Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US EST - Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST tons of indie designers will be discounting between 5 - 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2015."

So many patterns, wonderful gift ideas and even more prizes ... please join us in the fun.

Monday, November 9, 2015


 Stranded Colorwork band hats for everyone.

Shown here in Kismet Fiber Works Simple Sweater, 
a rich and saturated worsted weight wool.
Kits are available at New River Fiber Company

Monday, November 2, 2015

Make it Reversible

Simply Beautiful and Reversible.

Reversible fabric should begin with a reversible cast on.

I remembered reading about alternating the long-tail method of cast on to match the stitch pattern, and indeed it was just perfect.
 (see : Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt, pages 127 through 130 in the 1988 edition)

Simply cast on in the usual fashion for the purls of the next row, 
use the alternate or mirror for the knits.

The e-loop is over the forefinger, and the stitch is drawn through in reverse.


DoubleCross is coming soon.
Kits will be available from the  New River Fiber Co and Kismet Fiber Works

There's a pictorial on tassel making. 

The pattern includes 3 sizes, a family of patterns. 

How sweet is this little one, with a bobbling pompom?