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.


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.


so i have been bursting …pop…

…pop… with wanting to write

of my patterns in the upcoming petite purls green issue.

to not,  i have written nothing for days.

and tomorrow,

the issue goes live.

finally you can see the fantastic photos that nicole took

of ‘stature’ and ‘how precious’.


for tonight it is raining.

the kind that closes roads and fills up cellars.

my neighbor up the road

had firemen at her house pumping water out and shutting down the furnace.

my neighbor down the road has to park her car at the end of her driveway

and actually row in a rowboat to get to her house.

patterns and photos seem pretty small

by comparison, no?


‘the sun’ll come out tomorrow

betcha bottom dollar that tomorrow they’ll be sun’

(can’t you just hear her singing along as you read?)


‘silence’ taken from 94:17 of the psalms.



this is rare in my house.

but the flies on the wall heard it (or didn’t)

yesterday morning.

i stayed home from church with my boy

who was very mellowed from a fever

as he cut construction paper colors into ‘different shapes’

when i asked him ‘what shapes?’

he said ‘every one is different’.

i started to tell him that snow flakes are like that, too.

he was not amused.

silence again.

sitting on the floor beside him

with bits of red and black paper clinging to my hair, my socks, my knitting…

and finally with a huge sigh of release,

i finish the decreases for my newest hat pattern.

doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment

i know

but this is my third prototype

and my 5th or 6th go at the decreases themselves.

having started it last november

it took a deadline breathing down my neck to get this done.

and get it done it i did with a full 19 or 20 hours to spare.


now we hear this:

the silence of  being content.

‘almost’ and ‘silence’ taken from 94:17 in the book of psalms.

such things

i have been holding off writing

because what i’m working on i’m not at liberty to tell all about.

i’m not so good with telling half of the story.

i’m more a truth straight ahead at full steam kind of gal.

but, i was told by my friends at the taunton s’n’b last night that partial telling

is what’s done in cases like this.

here’s my best foot forward on that front.

etsy fascinates me.

i really, really like all that handmade creative stuff set in one place

just waiting for me to wander through.

all those many ideas make me think.

and that is where i found mike of north street crochet.

this man meticulously, in his free time, turns unused t-shirts into yarn.

sturdy and machine washable in worsted or bulky weight

the official name for this fiber is ‘tarn’.


i’ve been

working with it.

have created a pattern.

have had that pattern accepted by petite purls.

will have that pattern available there when the spring issue goes live in mid-march.

boy, oh boy.

(a little peek)

i have so much more to say.  but, i won’t

just yet.

i’ll be good.

‘think’ taken from 4:8 of philipians.