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Chicago IL
My creative journey through knitting, the designs that emerge and life interrupted.
Interests: knitting, playing games, cooking, gardens, shopping at the farmer's market, experiencing new cuisines
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I had some real fun with this blanket design. By increasing the scale of a Celtic Cross pattern combined with a Diamond Chain created an exaggerated motif complimented with a wider Seed Stitch border. Pictured below, the Alexander Celtic Reversible Throw Blanket, Alexander Throw Blanket is an easy to knit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at the knitting buzz
I don't design that many cowls anymore, mainly.... or rather selfishly, I prefer wraps and ginormous scarves. Its a messing up the hair thing for me.....petty right? I know. But my daughter, Katie prefers the infinity cowl...she likes the no fuss, stay put, don't have to worry about it blowing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at the knitting buzz
The Baby Shower was a success! Three Sweaters and one Baby Blanket; all blocked, all ends woven in and all sweaters had buttons....all completed before the guests arrived. Sweet! 3 mo size Baby Cardigan in Worsted weight 6 mo size Striped Baby Cardigan in Fingering weight 8 - 10 yr... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Another Baby is on the way, its a boy and due in January near the Great Lakes. Winter near the Great Lakes can be extra cold and windy and is the perfect excuse to knit lots of sweaters, hats and blankets for our new "bundle of joy" , keeping him... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Moving has its own set of complexities. Whether moving within the same area, cross town or to an entirely new city/new state. I just did the latter.....oofdah! That's all I have to say about that! The reason for the move is all good. The actual "making the move" has a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at the knitting buzz
When traveling, I love to visit local yarn shops along the way. Usually, I only focused on those stores around my final destination. Locating these stores used to take a little due diligence to map your trip with the help of Google. But things have changed...... Now these stores and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Peek-a-Boo Baby Blanket was the inspiration for a dear friends niece's first child. The blanket was knit with The Fiber Seed Sprout DK yarn in color Glow Worm. After only using 812 yards of the 1125 yards purchased, I found myself wanting to take advantage of the remaining 313 Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at the knitting buzz
It's so exciting when there is a new baby on the way. For me its time to create something new and which in this case means that I am knitting the same blanket twice... one for show and one to go..... Time to churn out some baby blankets.... Since the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Inspiration can come from anything or anywhere..... Enjoying my coffee this morning, I spied the intricacies of a one particular flower in a bouquet I bought. I love flowers! I had never seen anything like this before, and upon closer inspection, it struck me that this could be worked up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Off the needles, into a soak bath, jump to the blocking board, severe stretching & pinning and VOILÀ.....Perfection. I love blocking day, its like the BIG reveal. Much like the caterpillar to the butterfly. The day that manifests all the long hours spent, perfecting each stitch, counting each repeat.... turns... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at the knitting buzz
This year I have spent an enormous amount of energy knitting BIG Blankets. I do love giving them as gifts......guaranteed smiles! And who doesn't like smiles? BUT for now, I'm setting the blankets aside (for the most part) to get back to my true knitting love, LACE. My lace pashmina... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at the knitting buzz
I had promised myself last year that I would never knit a big blanket in the summer months. Summer should be saved for lightweight or smaller projects like lace wraps, socks, hats and even baby blankets qualify, if its not too hot. But some rules are meant to be broken.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Usually, I have one or two designs on the needles. Typically, a project that is a little more complex like a lace wrap (these are my favorites) and something that is easier to take on the go like a baby blanket or socks. However, "usually", is not what's happening right... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at the knitting buzz
A new Knitting Buzz Designs Reversible Baby Blanket Pattern that is chock-full of textural interest with a dash of playfulness in a new yarn. This whimsical pattern is apt to play tricks on your eyes. On first glance.... do your see kites? (a diamond pattern) OR do you see pinwheels?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at the knitting buzz
A PINK LLAMA......Is that like seeing pink elephants???? Only if its getting dizzy or hallucinating-ly intoxicated by yarn. Seems right! The pink llama was the star at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. While in Cincinnati for a conference, I fell upon the Fiber Festival in Lexington Kentucky, which was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at the knitting buzz
All Yarn. All Weekend. That's my motto and this is where I'm heading next week. The Mountain Hollow Farm Yarn Retreat is being held at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park (Kentucky). The resort offers cottages, log cabins and rooms in the lodge. Its known for its hiking & biking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Winter hibernation just got a whole lot comfier. A cushy couch just isn't complete without a good throw blanket..... or two.... or three. A throw adds color and warmth to any room. Although, its not just an accessory, its functional too. This is especially true, when you wake up to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at the knitting buzz
I can't lie....I'm kind of proud to say that I have hit a milestone....100 published pattern designs. Its been extremely fun to set out on this creative journey. Learned a lot along the way on this adventure. But most importantly, I am grateful for my many devoted fans and cheerleaders... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at the knitting buzz
I do love to knit lacy designs. It takes a certain level of concentration and practice, that can be mastered by most knitters. The technique is for those who enjoy the process over the end product. The process of lace knitting is like painting a picture, but instead of paints... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Adding fringe or trims can make a nice finishing touch to hand knit scarves, shawls & wraps and even blankets. Trims can range from: crochet edges beaded edges picking up stitches to add a plain or lace edge fringe; simple or knotted Aside from the aesthetic appreciation these trims have,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Many times, OK, most times projects invariably are determined by an excessive stash or a newly purchased yarn that we just had to have. I'm no different. There was a time when I made a lot of socks, which meant I bought a lot of sock/fingering weight yarn. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Typically when I travel, I over-pack the number of knitting projects that I will work on/complete during my travels. (To be perfectly honest, I over-pack in general so its not such a departure). But really its turned into a joke with my travel companions, meaning I get a bit of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Blanketed? Blanketed in SNOW Blanketed in ARTIC temperatures..... seems to be the norm this January. For me, I prefer blanketed in warmth....a.k.a. knitting a blanket. Surprised? I didn't think so. Why take on a such a big project as a blanket? The pros and cons of knitting a blanket.... Aside... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Want to take a moment to thank you, my readers and everyone who purchased my patterns last year (or anytime for that matter), for giving me the opportunity to do what I love each and every day. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been busy drafting and swatching... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at the knitting buzz
Happy 2017!!!! Over the years, the good tidings and the resolutions stay the same.....of health, wealth and welfare. This year, remember how exceptional you are......that you are one-of-a-kind and so deserving of a beautiful life. My wish for all of us is to live to our full potential, every single... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at the knitting buzz