building things

i build patterns.

from the rough idea thrashing about in my head

to scribbled notes on junk mail envelopes

(or whatever else is handy)

followed by the musical chairs of changing needle sizes and

the flurry of many balls in the air in search of just the ‘right’ one.

in that sense i build.

today i can say

i built this

and this

because i did.

my kids build, too.

(legos and clay, duplos and playdough)

today they built with these old wooden beads

that used to be strung to hang curtain-like in a doorway

until the noise and the annoyance of having to pass through to enter that room

(which happened to be my room)

caused me to unstring them.

and i wonder,

when i am still for any space of time

(which has not happened much lately),

what they will build when they are grown.

then i dream of grand things

as i drift off to sleep

in whatever chair i had managed

to plop myself down into.

‘built’ taken from 78:69 in the psalms.


i admit that i miss them.

since the box went out two days ago,

i have often walked by the shelf where they had been

and done a double take with the feeling that something is amiss,

it is then i remember having packed them in, taped them up tight and sent them off.

it’s funny, designing.

you work hard on stuff you’re excited about

but you can’t chat about it, blog on it or show photos of it

and all too soon after the success of getting them ‘just the way you wanted’…

… they are gone.

mailed off to photo shoots

and final editing in places you’ve never been yourself.

the box that left this week headed to montana

to the offices of the new on-line publication tangled.

soon to be part of the premiere fall issue (going live in a few months).

to whet all our knitting appetites,

they have begun releasing fun free patterns already.

check this out by tracy and this one by brittany.

i find that i’m so looking forward to seeing

just what company my patterns

will be keeping there.

‘soon’ taken from 4:29 in the book of mark.

favorite jeans

ok, so hemp does not feel like denim,

but they do have something good in common.

they both get just a tad better everytime they are washed.

i don’t know why this is true,

i just know that it is.

my ‘go to’ scarf is made of allhemp6

the last hat i knit

(from someone else’s pattern)

was made of allhemp6lux

which is hemp ramped up a notch or two.


and now my newest pattern is allhemp6 in ‘chocolate’.

what girl doesn’t want to knit in a yarn with that name?



this stuff is so versatile.

it washes up soft, but it starts out on the stiff side.

this means that you can get something that is not meant to be conventionally washed

to do all sorts of neat twists and turns of construction.

in other words,

it’s a blast to play with.

and nearly indestructible.

not my washer

nor my dryer

nor any of my kids

have been able to ruin something knit in hemp.

and all of them, it seems, have inadvertently tried to.

‘ruin’ taken from 10:14 of proverbs.