amirisu / forest cardigan

So, the other day I wrote a post about Barn Sweater...and here is yet another cardigan in Owl! I love that yarn. This cardigan, Forest, can be found in issue 5 of Amirisu Magazine, a bilingual knitting magazine from Japan.

Forest Cardigan is knitted from the top down with a pair of cables running down the sleeves. The body is worked in garter stitch and the cuff and band trim is 2x2 rib. It's a cozy, comfy cardigan for Fall!




taproot goodness

Introducing Barn Sweater, published in the latest issue of Taproot Issue 11: MEND. Shown here with 3/4 sleeves in Quince & Co.'s Owl / Papuan and again with long sleeves in The Fibre Company's Terra / Black Locust Bark.

This cardigan is knitted from the top down, the band is worked in as you go, and the pockets are inset, so there's not a lot of finishing. The sleeves are kntited flat so you just need to seam those up and sew your buttons on and you're good to go!


Also, remember Northport Blanket from the summer issue of Taproot? It's now available in my shop if anyone is interested!

aw, li-li


Happy September!

It's been a bit nutso here. My personal life needed a lot of unexpected attention so that became priority. Hence my silence here. I really wanted to spend more time talking about Anthology 1, but hey, I'm sure you can all understand the needs of a mother and wife wanting to focus on love—giving love and receiving love. It's been that kind of time in our lives. All will be well and it was good to put extra efforts into making sure that will be true.

So, anyway....things continue to be crazy, but now with work-related things. As I am getting closer to my due date,  I'm trying to cram in as much work as possible! I have 5 Madder photo shoots scheduled in the next 2 weeks. Yowza. And I'm just finishing up a fun freelance project for one of my favorite designers. Lots of good things!

Here is Immie wearing Li-li. It's fun to see her wearing that sweater again. She's way more theatrical nowadays—a totally different vibe than the last time I photographed her in knitwear. The evolution of a kid is fascinating.

Have a great weekend,


Meet Bronwen, a pullover I designed in The Fiber Company's new yarn, Knightsbridge. Bronwen is worked in the round from the bottom up with inset pockets, a flattering v-neck, and comfortable drop shoulder shaping. The sleeves are picked up around the armhole in knitted in the round. Also, this design incorporates the double seed stitch—one of my faves (after garter stitch, of course).

I took these photos before shipping the sample off in January. The sweater is shown in size 36": on the top model with zero ease and on the bottom model with 3" positive ease.

Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend!




Looking good! Proofs approved.

This has been such an exciting adventure. Thanks again to everyone who has left positive comments and supported the project! I can't wait for October...when book is in hand.

more on Beatrice & Bea


My latest stitch obsession, the cross stitch, is featured in Bea & Beatrice from Anthology 1. The collection started with the Beatrice Cowl which I brought with me to Rhinebeck 2012! Due to the warm weather that weekend, I never actually got to wear it, but I did keep dreaming of other ways to use this stitch.

Beatrice Cardigan was the next piece I designed—I think my favorite piece in the book. It has many features that I'm drawn to in a cardigan: an open front, inset pockets, and of course, all-over garter stitch. The cross stitch is worked in small areas (the pocket trim and cuffs), so you can ease into the crossing pattern before you get to the grand finale of the band. Both the cowl and the cardigan are worked in worsted Lark by Quince & Co.

And the collection kept growing. Bea Cardi came from my desire to use the reversible nature of the stitch in a light weight cardi (made in Quince's fingering weight yarn, Tern). I love how the stitch pattern in the front panels is a different gauge than the garter stitch, so the fronts are longer than the back. I already have a modification in mind—I'd like to make one  with longer sleeves in Quince's Finch yarn (I have some Slate set aside!).

The rest of the collection for me was all about accessories...yes, there needed to be a scarf—a long one! And, yeah, why not, a wrap, too. I just couldn't stop myself.

I know this stitch is a little unusual, but it's really interesting to see the crossing strands of the yarn. Perhaps it is less pretty than lace, but the open fabric that is achieved is really intriguing and sophisticated looking—at least I think so!