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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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  This time last year I was feeling pretty stagnant, I was ready for a challenge, for something new. My goal at the beginning of 2016 was to really delve into lace projects and start designing the interesting and challenging lace pieces that I like to knit. Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for simple knitting and I definitely can appreciate the harmonious and meditative qualities of working on something straightforward. When life is too fast and furious, fleet and cranky, quick and quarrelsome.. okay you get the (tokyo) drift. If you need something decidedly quiet to...

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How to seam two finished pieces of knitting with a knitted section, this technique can be particularly useful if you are making a blanket with many squares, or have made a garment that needs a little extra room. This seaming is easily removed as all you have to do is rip it out the same way you would with any knit fabric, and could be used for a design purpose such as adding a stripe of alternating color or a decorative element like a cable.  To begin gather your two pieces that need joining a set of needles ( or just...

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