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Holy Moley guys. I just knit a 120 dollar skein of yarn.  And I liked it way too much. About a half a year ago my local yarn shop gave me a skein of Qiviut yarn and asked me to design a 1 skein project out of it, and I was thoroughly and completely intimidated by it. That little teeny tiny skein, 28 grams, about 200 yards, oh so soft and very very very very  very very special. It was almost impossible to decide what to make out of it. I think I got specialaphobia, you know when something is...

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I don't know about you but I definitely have stages of knitting projects. The beginning is always excitement, when I finally settle on a pattern and yarn that I want to work on. Typically at least 40% of the project happens very quickly because I am so thrilled to be working on something new, this is the stage when I am really keen on lace, or cables, or both! Then 41-75% are a pretty solid "I'm not really excited about this like a small child but I am enjoying the knit and have the pattern down in my mind". It's...

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Cables, Cowl, Lace, New Pattern Release, Plymouth yarn -

"I know these days are Heaven sent" - the Steeldrivers Gratitude, I made the choice to live with this feeling for the year. I am so grateful for this life, my family, friends, my job, you, (yes you!) I appreciate everyone with an interest in my designs and who takes the time to read my musings on this blog. I know that things will not always go my way and that there has to be struggle for the good times to be oh so sweet. I've been to the dark places before and it can seem an endless stream of...

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Cables, Cowl, Lace, New Pattern Release, Wrap -

I am always a huge fan of design that is created out of curiosity, of looking at materials, shapes, construction and letting them come together in a new way that may not have ever been investigated should those exact materials have not been combined. So much of designing for a magazine is looking at a mood board, a loose collection of ideas, and color, meant to inspire designs. This is a great way to get a wide range of designers into a similar track and totally makes sense for a publication that wants a theme. Designing for a yarn company...

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Beaded, Lace, New Pattern Release, Shawl -

As soon as I finished Ivory Spires, I knew that I needed to work up a 1 skein version that used similar elements. I hadn't had enough of the beads, twisted stitches and lace, I needed more but also less, something similar but smaller.     Abbey Glade took me away from the drama of the coastal shore where Ivory Spires took inspiration. This new design seemed deeper, richer, the depth of the color in the yarn was so natural. It reminded me of the shadows between foliage, perhaps of a quiet glade deep in the woods with the crumbling ruins of...

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