Knitting

Local Makers' Market for Valentine's Day!

Local Makers' Market for Valentine's Day!

I have been pretty depressed that I can't celebrate my birthday the way I wanted to this year-which is hilarious because I usually never celebrate! And yes, my birthday is on Valentine's Day. And I will be 40. When Jessica from Family Cafe approached me about doing an event I thought that this could be a great idea for a number of reasons. My grandmother taught me how to knit-and while she was born in Russian, she was raised in Japan. What that meant for me growing up is that the food she made me is just like the dishes...

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Traveling Afghan 2021

Traveling Afghan 2021

Oftentimes I don't really think anyone pays attention to social media, specifically when I post about my own work. I remember messaging with Arica (@skeinsnsticks) back in October 2018 because I was going to be in her area and obviously needed to find my #lys. She recently asked me to participate in this Traveling Knit Afghan 2021 project in partnership with Lionbrand.   The concept of this project is "Paying it Forward". I'm sure each designer has their own interpretation of the overall concept. I'm thinking that each designer creates a little bit of a framework, or foundation, for the...

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Creativity Takes Work.

Creativity Takes Work.

Photo above was shot by John Ater with Katie Stosic wearing a hooded infinity scarf that I designed & knit back in 2010. Since I was a little kid growing up, I’ve always loved creating things with my hands-especially fashion. As I got older I read about people I idolized and how they used substances to be “more creative”. I held that myth close for many, many years and after a few long islands (I know) I couldn’t wait to run home and knit. The problem was that I woke up the next morning and it looked like my yarn...

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I'm not obsessed with the VALE BEANIE pattern YOU ARE OK.

I'm not obsessed with the VALE BEANIE pattern YOU ARE OK.

I was looking for a more fitted beanie pattern specifically because a friend in Berlin was asking for just a small cap. The beanies I knew how to make from memory would've just fallen off of his head. After doing a quick Pinterest search I ended up on Ravelry and found the Vale Beanie pattern by The Blue Mouse. So I've made maybe 20 or so beanies now. It's a quick project and good palate cleanser in between sweater projects I have been finishing up. The decreases at the top end in an elegant four points with no cinching/bunching at the...

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Nasreen Top by Lana Jois using Quince/Chicakdee yarn

Nasreen Top by Lana Jois using Quince/Chicakdee yarn

About two years ago I purchased 6 different shades of chickadee by Quince in cool colors-light greens, blues mostly from GatherDTLA. They sat in my stash for some time until I came across the Nasreen Top pattern in the pompom magazine 2018 summer stripes issue.I also included a few stripes of some leftover vintage wool from other projects as well. (I only remember that the yarn was wool-not the manufacturer unfortunately!)The finishing details on the pattern are what had me fall in love with the design-the armhole and split hem details, specifically.Since the front and back are the same, the...

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