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mirlo's first catnip

This is a post I started over 2 years ago. It has absolutely nothing to do with knitting other than the fact that so many of my knitting friends have cats, too. Some of you that have been following my ramblings here over the years may remember my dearly beloved Mirlo cat. I wrote only […]



Lace and mesh knits are combined in the stitch pattern for Firenze. Diagonals create movement going in opposite directions by reversing the fabric in this cardigan. This design features a unique construction I have used before in Diagonal Ease. Four rectangular pieces are worked for the body of the cardigan, but are reversed when seaming to […]

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Lucente means “…glowing, shining, glimmering…” according to my Italian language app. It best describes not only the yarn itself, Tandem, but also the overall design. While knitting Lucente, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by light (almost) the entire time. Give or take a few hours on the night flight to Rome. Once we […]

Happy New Year and the power of now

For a lot of us, the end of the year causes pause for reflection on the past. Or plans for the future and what’s yet to come. I can see the good in both. But it’s also important to remember to live in the NOW. I was greatly influenced a few years ago by a […]

Painting on Knits in Tuscany

I taught at the Knitting in Tuscany workshops in Italy for two weeks on painting on knits this fall. I would highly recommend it! We had a wonderful time with lots of great company, food, and inspiration. I wanted to share with you some of the images from the project. Susan had seen my painted […]

KnitWildFest!2013 knitwear designs in progress: Sally Y.

More progress from the  KnitWildFest on Designing Knitwear. Some came with an idea in mind; others found their inspiration while swatching. Sally began with 3 colors of yarn she liked of varying textures: Captiva from Berroco, Ripple from Tahki Stacy Charles, and Cotton Gima from Habu Textiles. After settling on the stitch pattern, she did […]

Charity Knitting at Wildflower

It’s that time again! We support a number of charity knitting projects, and now it’s time to mention one of our favorites. Once again, we’re collecting those adorable purple hats for click for babies! Charlotte Shawver just brought us 50 caps! Thank you so much, Charlotte! for kicking off this year’s drive to collect our […]

KnitWildFest!2013 knitwear designs in progress: Kristi

“Cables and Ladders” by Kristi Kristi came to the KnitWildFest on Designing Knitwear with an idea already in mind. She’d seen a sweater she fell in love with that had drop stitches next to cables, but wasn’t sure how to implement it. I had a number of yarns to play with and swatch throughout the […]

highlights from TNNA: fall yarn preview

This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity, as usual. It was the summer TNNA trade show in Columbus, Ohio. Better known as the fall yarn market. I thought I’d share some of the highlights here. First, I was thrilled to see the Trends Class offered by Trisha Malcom, editor of Vogue Knitting Magazine. I’ve […]

KnitWildFest!2013 knitwear designs in progress: Renee

We had a great time last weekend at the KnitWildFest on Designing Knitwear. Some came with an idea in mind; others found their inspiration while swatching. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of what came of the weekend. I’ll be devoting a post to each of the designs along with progress photos along the […]