Design is a sacred and esoteric art. These questions will remain ever unanswered, in service of the great ineffability.1. How exactly I did that thing that I thought was so obvious I didn't need to take better notes.2. How to explain to other people how to do that thing.3. In six sizes.4. Why tech editors,… Continue reading Eternal mysteries of knitting design
Ready, get set – gift!
With the Textilpiazzafestival, and my workshop, safely behind me I can finally turn my attention to what's been jumping up and down and waving at me for the past week – the Ravelry Gift-along 2014! This is a follow-up to a thing that happened last year, and that linked post (on Ravelry)* explains it very… Continue reading Ready, get set – gift!
My new favourite
To the casual observer, knitters must sometimes seem a bit simple. Who else could be so easily amused by something so utterly predictable as watching a stitch pattern take shape, or one colour following another in a handpainted skein? It's impossible to explain the magic of seeing a stitch behave so differently in this single-ply silk rather… Continue reading My new favourite
The warm-up zone
Here I am warming up a brand new website, and I have just the thing! Two new patterns – only my second and third for-sale offerings ever; I'm still warming up on that front too – designed especially for cold-weather runners. Or other sporty types needing to warm up in the great outdoors. Or, hell,… Continue reading The warm-up zone
I wanna hold your haaaaand…
Well, I'm not sure if I do, really, but is that what you want? The familiar question of handholding in pattern writing came up again on Twitter this week. This conversation tends to provoke strong feelings, so I'm going to come out right now with my opinion. I say absolutely, definitely maybe. No fence… Continue reading I wanna hold your haaaaand…
Introducing Elfbaby… the hat!
Five years ago I conceived a hat for my beloved Elfbaby. It would – of course – be a pixie-style hat, with a long point. It would have a garter stitch chevron border, to show off handpainted yarn and to allow plenty of stretch for growing heads. I planned to publish a pattern. Claudia modelling the Pumuckl border,… Continue reading Introducing Elfbaby… the hat!