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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!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

...And Beyond!

New Shawl Pattern Hot Off The Needles!


Simple shaping and a touch of texture give grace and movement to this simple crescent-shaped shawl which was made to showcase the beautiful hand-dyed yarns of Infinite Twist.




I was given the opportunity to work with Cate Carter-Evans, the color wizard behind Infinite Twist yarns for this shawl and I must say that I am hooked on "Helix"!

 Helix is loaded with delicious color and soft, springy texture.  Get your hands on this good-stuff here:  www.infinitetwist.com

Ready to Cast On your own "Infinitely" shawl?  Grab the pattern here: 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mystical Moonstone

Moonstone Poncho is now available for download.

Lightweight yet warm, this simple and seamless poncho works up in a snap!

This is a "Knit-To-Fit" item which is worked in one piece, from the top-down, and was designed to compliment a variety of shapes & sizes.

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

If the Sun Refuses to Shine...

We Are Shining Fingerless Gloves will keep your hands warm while keeping your fingers free for texting, typing, driving...

Ready to Cast On?  Grab your PDF download here: 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Shine On!


New Pattern!
Funnel-shaped cowl designed to keep your neck warm while staying put beneath your jacket/sweater.  This is a quick and seamless knit which pairs nicely with the We Are Shining hat.

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


Monday, January 19, 2015

We Are Shining

New Hat Pattern features beautiful, hand dyed yarn which glows with every stitch!
Ready to Cast On your "We Are Shining" hat?  Grab the pattern here: 

"Spectrum"
Florence + The Machine
When we first came here
We were cold and we were clear
With no colors in our skin
We were light and paper thin

And when we first came here
we were cold and we were clear
With no colors in our skin
'Til we let the spectrum in

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
As every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
As every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

And when we come for you
We'll be dressed up all in blue
With the ocean in our arms
Kiss your eyes and kiss your palms

And when it's time to pray
We'll be dressed up all in grey
With metal on our tongues
And silver in our lungs

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
As every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
As every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

And when we come back we'll be dressed in black
And you'll scream my name aloud
And we won't eat and we won't sleep
We'll drag bodies from a ground

So say my name
And every color illuminates
And we are shining
And we'll never be afraid again

Say my name
As every color illuminates

Say my name
As every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
As every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
We are shining
Say my name
Say my name
And we will never be afraid again


Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014: A Year in Stitches

You may remember that I deemed 2014 the year to "Finnish em, or Fugget about em'" in reference to my UFO heap (totaling a whopping 14 unfinished knitting projects)  Which did not include the endless blanket project--which I didn't intend to finish for at least 5 years!

Here is an account of my progress:  I finished items 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 (Hurrah!) and I promise to finish at least 2 others.  The rest, I'm afraid are destined to become yarn--and may possibly find new life in the 5-year blanket.

As I slowly picked away at my UFO's, I was also creating several new items.  Below is a photo account of my "Year in Stitches":


KIS Designs offered 23 new patterns in 2014 (five of which were in that UFO pile). Not a bad year!  

I didn't do it alone.  I have amazing friends who keep me in stitches and I am so grateful to my super-hero test-knitters:  Barb, Debbie, Becky, Rebecca, Darrel, Lisa, Louise, Margie, Michelle, Dennette, Beth, Theresa, Diane and Carmen for their expert knitting skills--as well as their editing eagle-eyes!  Thank you all so much for your encouragement and willingness to lend your needles to the cause. 

Thank you also to my wonderful models:  Caleb, Anna, Savannah, Ian, Velvet, Sydney, Jocelyn, Tabitha, Carly, Sara and Erica.  Thank you all for braving the rain, wind and blistering sun. You are beautiful!

I look forward to 2015 and have already gotten a jump-start on my projects.  3 new patterns are out for testing and 5 more are in the works.  And of course, I look forward to making a bit of progress on the 5-year blanket--after all, I only have 4 years left to complete it!

Happy New Year everyone!  May 2015 bring you happiness, good health and a whole lot of knitting!