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Friday, November 10, 2017

Rush Hour Knitting

In my hair
Shifting and drifting
Mechanical music
Adrenaline surge
Well-oiled leather
Hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome
The blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware

Red Barchetta
from the album: Moving Pictures
New Pattern Release:

Sunlight on Chrome was inspired by one of my favorite songs, and has been nearly 2 years in the making!

I roughed-out the original idea for this pattern after watching Rush in Rio (amazing!!!) which sparked a renewal in my somewhat obsessive Rush fandom. Red Barchetta has always been my absolute favorite Rush song and so I let it be my inspiration for this piece.

To fully exemplify Red Barchetta, I knew the piece needed to be shiny, have loads of beads and just the right yarn--which did not necessarily need to be red, but absolutely had to be chrome-like!  The rough-draft of this pattern sat patiently in my folder waiting for a yarn that would bring it to life--and along came Teresa Ruch Designs' gorgeous, hand-dyed tencel yarn. It was a perfect match!

In a Rush to Cast On your very own Sunlight on Chrome? Grab your PDF downladable pattern here: Cast On!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Medicine!

Drawing inspiration from a recent trip back to Medicine Bow National Park, this knitted cap pattern was designed to keep the memories of this magical place close in mind.

Cap is knit in one piece, from Brim-to-Crown & sized to fit Children-Adults with a head circumference of 19-22 inches.

Ready to Cast-On your Medicine Bow cap? Grab a copy of the pattern here:
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Lupine in Bloom!

This cowl, which is the first pattern in a series, pays homage to the lovely Lupine flowers which grace the Pacific Northwest’s mountain meadows and coastal sands with their beautiful colors.

Knit in Malabrigo's Dos Tierras, a fabulous merino and alpaca blend yarn which lends its spectacular color and  amazing stitch definition to these pieces. 

Keep your eye on these pages for pattern releases:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mystery Revealed

The Mystery Knit-Along is complete and the project has been revealed!

Inspired by the upcoming Solar Eclipse, this "One-Skein Wonder" is knit from the bottom-up, in one piece and boasts a unique shape which gives the finished piece "curve appeal" for many wear-able options.

  • Special thanks goes out to my super-speedy test-knitter, Barb Barraclough.  Your eye for detail never fails! 

  • Thanks also to all of my Mystery Knitters (Laurie, Debbie, Diane, Diana, Sharon, Gail, Paula, Barbara, Kelly, Theresa, Cindy, MaryAnne, Darrel, Carol, Lynn, Su, Karin, JoEllen, Judy, Jane, Jessica, Claudia, Amy, Susan, Erica and Tana). It has been fun knitting along side you all, and I can't wait to see your final shawls!

  • ...and to Alexandra Baldwin of Alexandra's Crafts Yarn:  Thank you so much for creating such an exciting and beautiful yarn--and for allowing me to get my hands on a skein before it was even finished drying!  It has been so much fun to work with.

Ready to Cast-On your Solar Eclipse Shawl?  Grab a copy of the pattern here: Cast On!

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Pattern Release: Blustery Day Baby Poncho

Inspired by the need to create some baby shower gifts, Blustery Day Baby Poncho is the perfect accessory for the busy baby!

Simple shaping and top-down construction make this pint-sized knitted poncho a quick, no-fuss project! 

3[6, 9, 12, 18, 24] Months
CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE: 18[20, 22, 24, 26, 28] inches 
LENGTH:11[12, 13, 14, 15, 16] inches
NECK CIRCUMFERENCE:5[5, 5.5, 5.5, 6, 6.5] inches

This is a speedy project that is simple to knit and easy on the new parents (easy care and easy wear)!

Ready to Cast On your "Day Poncho"?  Grab your PDF downloadable pattern here:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Newt" items in my Etsy Shop!

Adding to my "Bullets & Bling" series,  two new Assemblage Necklaces have been added to my Etsy Shop.

Both necklaces are One-Of-A-Kind and are adjustable for many wearable options.

*Sorry, Mr. Newt is not included in the purchase of either of these necklaces ;-)

  • "Bullets and Blues" necklace features a gleaming brass .45 shell casing which caps off a cascading blend of blue glass, Swarovski crystals, brass, copper and gunmetal (naturally) chain. More info on this necklace here: Bullets & Blues

  • "Pretty Fierce" necklace features a beautiful blend of pinks and greens along with the gleaming brass .45 shell casing.  I've also included a lovely Rose Quartz moon, vintage crystals and a colorful pink hand-dyed silk ribbon.  More info on this necklace here: Pretty Fierce

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wedding Season is Upon Us!

Just in time for Wedding Season: Spring Bling and a new beaded shawl pattern!

"Thamarai" is knit in one piece, from the center-out and features shimmering glass bead accents and gorgeous hand-dyed 100% silk yarn from Textiles A Mano.  

The shine and luster of the yarn and the beads are a perfect match--and the drape is amazing!

Add to that, my "Shotgun Wedding" necklace which features hand-dyed silk, vintage crystals and button and a shining brass bullet casing--what more could a bride wish for (except her happily-ever-after I suppose)!

Ready to Cast On your Thamarai shawl?

Grab your PDF downloadable pattern here:Cast On!

And get your hands on this one-of-a-kind necklace here: Shotgun Wedding

Monday, March 20, 2017

Knitting Between the Lines

Between the Lines is a fully reversible brioche cap which knits up beautifully in starkly contrasting colors. 

Worked from brim-to-top, this cap is as much fun to knit as it is to wear!  Sizes available: Children, Teen & Adult

Ready to knit Between the Lines?  Grab your PDF pattern here:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

For The Trees

Inspired by the view from my office window, “For the Trees” depicts the group of trees that look in on me while I am hard at work!

Knit from brim to top, this cap works up quickly in the lovely Dream In Color Everlasting DK yarns.

Ready to Cast On your "For the Trees" cap?  Grab your PDF downloadable pattern here:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tempted by the Skein of Another!

Have you ever been tempted by a beautiful yarn?  So tempted that you just had to get it onto your needles right away--pushing aside all of the other WIP's in your life?  

Thus was the case of this beautiful yarn from Fly Designs.  The deeply colorful and amazingly soft Merino Cashmere DK that made up this simple Tee-style sweater was all the inspiration I needed for its design!  

Have I tempted you to Cast On?  Grab your PDF pattern here: Cast On!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Year = New Patterns!

The First Hat:
Worked in the round from the bottom-up this cap features the Viking Runes (symbols) for Good Luck, Success, Spiritual Strength and Health & Vitality.
The Second Hat: Empire 
Take a walk on the Dark side with this cap! Fair Isle construction featuring the Galactic Empire emblem along side the Death Star set against a background of stars.  This cap will have Star Wars fans flipping their lids!

Both hats were knit in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash yarn and are sized to fit Teens/Adults with a head circumference of 18-22 inches.

Ready to Cast On your new hat?  Grab your PDF patterns here: