new-ified

calcort canada petite purls.

the go-to site for free child sized knitting patterns

is no more. sigh.

that’s the bad news, but that’s not all.

 the good news is that

you should begin to see

the patterns you loved from petite purls

show up as pdf downloads on ravelry.petite purls collagei’ve just gotten my four up and running.

stature, asa, asa up-sized, and how precious at your service.

now, who’s going to do the hard work

of getting another kid focused

on-line magazine going?

tag, you’re it.

‘running’ taken from 5:15 of proverbs.

top right and bottom left photos by nicole ratliff.

top left and bottom right photos by brandy fortune.

non-isolationism

pattern writing is not something

that i would do alone

by any means.

i design,

but there are

oh so many people involved

and my ideas would surely be lost,

in the swirl of the details,

without all the help.

as i wrote ‘asa‘ out,

the line-up went something like this:

1st there was wallace & gromit in ‘a close shave’

inspiring the super bulky yarn & thick stripes.

next my cousin j, who

held the corners of my sketch flat

against the warm ocean breezes of vacation

while i snapped quick photos at dusk for the official proposal

and a larger

troupe of cousins

were hugely responsible

for entertaining me with their rowdy laughter

while i knit, and reknit,  until the swatch was ‘just right’.

fourthly, it took spud and chloe supplying

all the necessary super bulky to knit the final sweater.

(they’ve just added new colors to all 3 of their yarns.

check them out here & here & here.

gorgeous, no?)

fifthly, it took the camaraderie of m

sitting on the livingroom floor very late into the night,

as we scribbled out rectangles & math formulas (& laughed at our ‘skills’)

to accurately determine just how many yards each different size sweater required.

then, of course, my faithful friends at taunton s’n’b

who helped me make a final choice of buttons when i teetered,

on the edge of resorting to ‘eenie, meeni, miney moe’, in the depths of indecision.

and up 6th is a for the super fast, super helpful test-knitting

(in bright pink and yellow, no less.  how girly fun!)

while over the oceans from me, j was creating the schematic.

brandy fortune was up next taking the photos

that produced the final, adorable, pictures.

along with the rest of the gals

for their tireless efforts

to put out the consistent, high quality

on-line magazine that petite purls always is.

then, after all these fingers in the pie,

the pattern finally sees the ‘light of day’.

and if those who came in contact with it to this point

were willing to be honest about any weaknesses in my original idea

and to enhance the strengths of the pattern as it came together,

then there is satisfaction at the end of the process for me.

in the case of ‘asa’

there was also an afternoon visit

to my favorite lys where i loaded up

on new yarns that fueled fresh ideas to start the process all over again…

‘laughter’ taken from 8:21 in job.

tomorrow & today

if

a picture paints

a thousand words,

then why

can’t i

paint You?

the words will never show

the You i’ve come to know

and if

a face could launch a thousand ships, then where am i to go?

there’s no-one home but You.  You’re all that’s left me to

and when the sun and stars have all gone out …

‘if’ by bread.

‘words’ taken from 4:4 of job.

sunny cali

the stitches that i knit

while wearing thick socks

cuddled up under a blanket

are now out & about in the warm

sea breeze filled air of coastal california

you’ll have to wait

for the big, full pictures

but doesn’t the slice you can see

look ever so happy to be out in the sun?

this interruption

to the typical new england

springtime variability outside

is brought to you by my

very high hopes

for balmy

air

to arrive at any time now

or in the extremely near future.

pic from life song photography

‘outside’ taken from 23:25 of matthew