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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Make Mine With a Twist!



Testing is complete and "In a Twist" is ready for release!

Simple, top-down construction and lightweight cotton/linen
blend yarn give this tunic amazing drape while keeping you

cool--making this the ideal, late-summer project. Loose construction and strategically placed spiral details draw the eye away from “trouble areas”.

Ready to Cast On?  Grab your PDF here: 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nerida Comes to Surface



At long last, Nerida comes to light!  

"Nerida" (Greek for mermaid) is a richly textured triangle shawl knit in a beautiful new hand-dyed yarn by Alexandra's Crafts.  Variegated color-shifts and complex texture combine to create this lovely top-down shawl which features a subtle,beaded edge that not only gives weight to the body, but brings the pattern to life!

This pattern is worked in one piece from the top-down and was developed for use in classes/workshops. Step-by-step instructions are provided with charts for backup.

Ready to Cast On?  Grab your copy of Nerida here:   

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shanghai Surprise!

I am proud to announce that my "Infinitely" shawl pattern is now offered in kit-form available from Infinite Twist yarns.

Infinite Twist is a Shanghai-based yarn company run by the very talented Cate Carter-Evans.  They produce socially responsible hand-spun yarns made by rural and migrant women as well as hand-dyed mill-spun yarns.

For more information on this wonderful company, or to order your Infinitely kit, please visit http://infinitetwist.com/shop/infinitely-by-kis-designs


Monday, June 22, 2015

Adventures in Spinning

It took a broken spinning wheel to re-light my spinners fire, but once lit---I can't seem to quit!

I have been enjoying spinning a variety of fibers, from gorgeous hand-dyed fibers from Malabrigo, drool-worthy locally crafted fibers from very talented Oregon dyers, to newspaper scraps.  I have also tried my hand at crafting my own drop spindles and am ever on the lookout for interesting materials for spinning and spinning tools--in a word: "Obsessed"  
I am.  
I own it.  
It's me.
...and I'm OK with that!

Happy Knitting AND Spinning all!



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Shadow Knitting

Testing is complete, and "In The Shadows" is ready for release!



Subtle lacework plays in the shadows of a landscape made up primarily of garter stitch.  

Beautiful, hand-dyed yarn by indie dyer, Lilliput Yarns, give this finished piece depth and texture while at the same time, offering it softness and drape.  This yarn was a joy to work with--so soft and full of life!

Knit in one piece from side to side, this asymmetrical shawl is a must-have for any season or occasion. 

Ready to Cast On?  Grab your copy of the pattern here:   

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Eyes Have It!

New Pattern Just Released!
Lutein is an asymmetrical shawl/scarf which is knit in Madelinetosh's Dandelion yarn which is an interesting merino/linen blend yarn.  

Light and airy with amazing drape and texture, Lutein is a very versatile piece which can be worn many different ways.

Ready to Cast On?  Grab your copy of the pattern here:  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pinned!




I just completed a batch of shawl pins for my LYS featuring copper, beads and various charms.  Among my favorites are the ones which feature pendants that were hand-crafted by Candace Wilson of One of a Kind Buttons.   Candace's passion for color and texture is evident in every single piece she creates.  She offers a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors guaranteed to enchant and delight!

 Made from terracotta or white clay, Candace creates each button from molds forged from her own drawings and fires them twice with 1-3 coats of glaze on them.   
No two buttons/pendants are truly alike.

Check out Candace's website here:  http://www.oneofakindbuttons.com/

and start your collection of favorite buttons/charms today!