Beachcomber Pullover & Stroll Cardigan

My two current sweater designs are in the final stages of edits, and I’m so excited to share some teasers from the photo shoot with my darling model, Rachel. The first sweater, Beachcomber, is a top-down, one piece pullover knit in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (color: Farmhouse White).  Below, the Stroll Cardigan, is knit in one-piece (top down) […]

TNNA 2015

I don’t know where to begin! I was mesmerized, star struck, inspired and bursting at the seams. TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association convention) was a wonderland of color, creativity and talent. For serious fiber industry folks, this is the place to be. I am so thankful to work in this industry and to have had […]

Creative Muse vs. Inner Critic: Part One

Designing is the perfect balance of left and right brain. It keeps my little spreadsheet-loving, number-crunching gray cells dancing, while still feeding the inner creative muse. It turns out that this might be all I was ever meant to do. (Well, that and cook. And write.) Granted, it’s not that I didn’t know this long ago […]

Warm Weather, Social Knitting

Sunshine and warm days = social knittingI will knit here or there. I will knit most anywhere. In a car, in a tree, on a train, by the sea… The other day my friend Carlee and I took an afternoon drive up to Sokol Blosser Winery with our knitting. The pourer was a bit aloof at […]

Passport Cowl

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Tangled Purls Passport Adventure for 2015. I designed this scrumptious, day-to-evening, multi-season cowl specifically for members of the passport program, and until October 2015, this pattern is only available through Tangled Purls. Check out the details on Ravelry or on the Tangled Purls blog.  I designed the cowl to highlight one of […]

A “No Sex” Yarn

It was inevitable. Today at the shop we had a conversation about yarn that led to a sex joke. We have our share of interesting conversations at the yarn shop, but we rarely talk about sex. And we pretty much never actually say “sex.” Not that we’re a bunch of prudes, but a yarn shop […]

Born to Knit

“I’m from Norway. I was born to knit,” she said. She grinned and danced a little jig (yes, you read that correctly — it was a jig) and pointed to her Dale of Norway sweater. “I made this. Designed it myself.” There was a second jig (more elbows!), more grinning, and a conversation about knitting that […]


Cold happens. It happens here: Snowlandia 2014. (We had so much snow that the left coast of Oregon was practically closed for a few days. AND my birthday brunch was canceled. Boo. Hiss.) It happens there: Blizzard Nemo 2013. (The weather delayed our flight home from New York by 14 hours. I actually knit that entire hat […]

There’s No Such Thing as Waiting

There’s a difference between knitters and other people. Most other people “wait,” in the traditional sense. Knitters don’t. Other people fiddle on their phones, play Candy Crush or Words With Friends. Check email. Take conference calls. Text people. They fill the time with something-anything until they finally do the thing they came to do. Like, say, […]

I Want To Join My Wife

A rustic, bearded manly-man sort of person came into the shop today and announced — in a matter-of-fact tone — that his wife had been in last week to purchase supplies for knitting a scarf. And … he wants to join her. Be still my beating heart. You want to join her? As in, you […]