Category yarn

Free Pattern: Meta’s Bonnet

Since I had my baby in August, I’ve felt a strong drive to create, to sew and to knit and to surround my little family in handmade intentions. Maybe it’s some latent nesting. I had terrible carpal tunnel throughout most of my pregnancy that affected my fine motor skills. I’m happy to report that my […]


One of my very favorite things I’ve ever knit is now out in the world! Kelbourne Woolens recently introduced another amazing yarn, Knightsbridge, a blend of baby llama, merino wool, and silk, and as part of the accompanying collection, I would like to introduce you to Harvey: Harvey is a vest that combines traditional gansey […]


As I begged off my third social engagement in as many days because of the tired, my friend Carolyn remarked that they have a saying for that in her family: “Feeling like a squashed bug that isn’t dead yet.” Yes. Accurate. Between the recent travel, a low-grade illness I picked up along the way, and […]

So much to do and things that have been done

Would you be aghast if I told you I hadn’t finished painting the trim and ceiling yet? What if I told you that we’re throwing a party with… (checks RSVPs)… 55-70 people in… (checks calendar)… 9 days? Yikes. Nik’s 30th birthday is on Thursday, and we’re having a huge party on Saturday. And I’ve done […]

A new pattern in the making and the adventure of a lifetime

May I present to you: The Grand Canyon! Sitting in a small cafe in a town outside Sedona, Arizona, I incidentally eavesdropped on a senior gentleman sharing breakfast with his equally wizened friend. “Some experiences are ineffable. Do you know that word? Ineffable. It means it can’t be described in words.” He went onto deride […]

Mended mittens

I’ve been thinking, recently, about the function and process of craft in my life. One of the reasons that I am so enamored of sewing, I think, is that it is a time-focused and location-specific action. Currently, my machine is living in my girlfriend’s living room, because wrangling paper patterns, yardage, and an iron has […]

A new-found love and my Miette skirt

It’s a little embarrassing, but I’ve been intimidated by sewing for a good…. 13 years now. My aunt gave me a machine when I was 15, and it sat in my closet, unused, until I moved out when I was 18 and my parents sold their house. I think the sewing machine was sold at […]

All the knitting!

You guys. My ombré wall post from July was featured on Apartment Therapy last week! I can’t even tell you how much I love that blog or how crazy excited I am to see the small uptick in drop-bys. Welcome! The beginning of last week found me in sunny, warm San Diego for The National […]

Weekend in Rhinebeck

I’ve been knitting like a fiend this fall, much of it eventually to be published. But in between deadlines, I managed to finish an intarsia vest that has been rattling around my brain for a while. It felt liberating to knit more and think less, though it did take a night of Excel charting to […]

Tundra: Elements is here!

Last winter, I knit myself a sweater. Or, it started out that way. By the time I was halfway through, the sweater had become a sample and the pattern had become a concept to launch a collection. I spent the next three months knitting seven more. On average, each sweater took about 10 days to […]