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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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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
Sometimes the number of gifts we're able to knit, fall short of what we had planned to knit.. It can absolutely get in the way, for a whole host of reasons. What to do? You don't want to leave anyone out, right?......but the size and shape of the gift... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at the knitting buzz
Right about now, I'm feeling like I need to have my head examined. Why in the world did I think it was a good idea to choose such BIG gifts to knit. What ever happened to hats and mittens???? Actually, I do know why I chose them.....BIG gifts like blankets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at the knitting buzz
There are only 7 weeks or 48 days till Christmas! YIKES! Have you started your gift giving knitting yet? If you answered NO, you are not either, until now. Double YIKES! I must confess, I have never started this late and I'm a little stressed out about it. First... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at the knitting buzz
My Party Lace Wrap is ready for its big reveal. That's right, the knitting is completed, the ends all woven in, its been blocked, photographed and published, complete with blocking instructions and a photo tutorial. Whew! Party Lace Wrap and Scarf is an elegant lace pattern with a distinctive shifting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at the knitting buzz
Parties are fun. Its a great excuse to get something new to wear or sprucing up an oldy but goody with some new accessories, jewlery and shoes. For me, I decides to make a new lacey wrap to go with an existing outfit. The outfit is navy blue, a departure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at the knitting buzz
I like reversible blankets. So no matter how its draped it always looks the perfect. My Nolan Gansey Sampler Blanket is reversible and has a special (to me) story behind it. A story of tradition.... The concept of tradition or holding on to a previous time, is found throughout history... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at the knitting buzz
I love autumn and all that it brings..... the changing colors of the trees, cooler evenings, fresh crisp apples from the orchard, pumpkins and anything pumpkin flavored (I was just at Trader Joes and do you know that there is pumpkin flavored caramel popcorn....that's taking pumpkin to a whole new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at the knitting buzz
Its so true.... at least for me. A luxurious pashmina is a perfect go-to fashion accessory for any season, event or occasion... it can 'tszuj' up any outfit, from the little black dress to denim jeans or khaki pants. Wear it as a wrap, as a scarf or even draped... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at the knitting buzz
Just published.......... Sanibel Reversible Baby Blanket. To me, this blanket has an "Old World-ish" - "Victorian" - "Downton Abbey" feel. This blanket is destined to be a timeless heirloom. The four sides are graced with a shell border with beautiful scalloped edges. The center is a handsome garter stitch and... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at the knitting buzz
Another Baby Blanket? Yes I know.... I love them. However, this time I have been working on a new approach (for me) of knitting a baby blanket, by incorporating a knitted decorative border without picking up stitches or sewing them on independently. While still managing a look of reversiblity. I... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at the knitting buzz