emerging theme

IMG_1347cropdo you see it?

i am apparently in a bit of a favorite color rut

as these are the colors in my latest project and 3 new designs.

although, ‘rut’ isn’t really the right word for it since i’m happy as a pig in mud about it.

i guess i’m in a red/orange groove.

let the beat play on.

‘happy’ taken from 128:2 of the psalms.

note: yarns shown above from right to left:

swan’s island ‘bulky’, classic elite yarns ‘chateau’, 2 tones of schulana ‘cashmere trend’

and cascade ‘ultra pima fine’.


when it rains, it pours


i have had four patterns released in the last four days.

they each have a story, but things are busy here

and what i don’t want is to

forget to introduce

them to you in all my rushing about

 and tidying up countless other loose ends.Capturein a quick handshake kind of introduction,

(starting with the upper lefthand photo and moving clockwise)

i’d like you to meet:

‘sydney’, a chameleon of a scarf;

‘kvitt’ (in two color combos), a bag lined with its own knitting;

‘mixta’, a fitted hat with graphic cables and small ear flaps;

‘dirwyn’, a cowl of cabled columns.

i hope to find time and focus to tell you more about each one,

but now if i don’t,

at least you’ll recognize them if you ever chance to

pass them on the street.

‘chance’ taken from 9:11 in ecclesiastes.

both photos of ‘kvitt’ by caryn scanlan photography.

photo of ‘sydney’ courtesy of classic elite yarns and decicco photography.

what you can’t see

photography is quirky.

there are things that must be done

to make the light and angles work for you, that aren’t at all apparent

when you look at the final photos.

on friday, i crouched

below the white bridge railing,

pulling a stray branch through the slats

just below the view of the camera’s lens, so that the knitting nestled

in the branches that i wasn’t manipulating.

caryn stood on her tippy toes

on top of a bench

leaning at an almost impossible angle to get

the sunlight to hit in good places and not land where it would wash out the scene.

i stood smiling as the heels of my furry clogs sank slowly into the muck

because it was the best place to capture

the water’s reflections

behind me.

caryn, without a peep,

lay flat on her stomach on wet bridge planks

shooting across the pond

to get the perfect

angle on the little boat dock that held the knitting.

it’s stuff that made us laugh,

and hold our breath

at almost the same times.

then there was the getting of this shot below

(and i asked caryn to snap a picture of the picture being taken).

caryn-scanlan-shadowswe’d found the exact section of worn bridge

that we wanted as a backdrop, but it was in full-on sun.

so, i stood holding the sides of my jacket

spread superman style  like wings

to create enough shade that caryn could snap the inside of the bag shot

that we were going for.

now, i may be biased, but i do think we look at bit like superheros,

me with my ‘cape’ and her arm up as if ready to fend off any foe…

if you only get to be a superhero once in a lifetime,

i guess i’ve had my go at it.

and it sure was fun.

‘lifetime’ taken from 30:5 of the psalms.

photo courtesy of caryn scanlan photography.

torto beginner’s cowl

sometimes i challenge myself.

sometimes someone else fuels the fire.

this time elizabeth, owner of lys “auntie zaza’s”, asked for a cowl pattern.


‘something,’ she said, ‘for a beginner, but interesting.  maybe with a cable.’

it’s funny how working to simplify this cowl

down to the very basics and

finding the most straightforward ways to construct it around the cable

was harder than designing a more complex piece.

IMG_3238collagei think that’s because i wanted every stitch to count.

if you’re learning to cable,

you want bang for your buck, you know?

long, wide cables are minimal on fuss

and maximize the drama.

IMG_3273cropb&w&cropif you’re going to try your hand at knitting in the round,

you want to not get two rows in

only to realize that you twisted it into a mobius by mistake.

since this cowl’s ribbing is knit flat,

by the time you join to knit in the round

it’s easy, almost foolproof, to see when you’ve got the twists out.

IMG_3247cropwashproblem solved.  now if only there was an easy way

to do gorgeous colorwork with 5 shades per row…

‘time’ taken from 15:32 in job.

darker cowl is cascade eco+ in ‘berry’.

lighter cowl is debbie bliss rialto chunky in ‘sea green’.