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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I want to talk a bit about Burg, the wrap I designed for the 
Virginia Knits Virginia Yarn Crawl -

The stitch repeat is the same as my Infinitely Alice Cowl
Except knit flat.  
Oh, and with picots.  And as a triangle...

The yarn was beautifully dyed for the shop by Aimee of Little Fox Yarn 
in her lovely wool and silk base, Vixen, which is a favorite of mine.  
You may recall this and these.

Now, I'm knitting a larger, picot-less version out of a warm and haloed 
Sulka Nina, a wool, alpaca and silk single ply chosen from a beautiful heathered palette.

I did not swatch.

Because of the shape of the pattern - cast on a handful and begin to increase, I just used the needle that I thought would give me a moderate fabric. 
I wanted stitch definition and stability with a bit of the looseness needed for some drape.
I'm estimating that I will want to use 3 skeins, but I do have a 4th (and 5th) on standby.
The gauge is not considerably larger than the fingering weight, nor is it as airy.

Haley has just begun the picot version out of a secret wool and silk single ply.
The top image is freshly knit.
The bottom is the same piece carefully steamed.

Although the pattern uses a fingering weight, 
it will be super to have versions made with lighter and heavier yarns.

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