Long Tail Cast-On In Ribbing

I love the long tail cast on. I use it almost exclusively on all my hand knit garments. Today I want to share with you not only how I work a Long Tail cast-on but how I use a Long Tail cast-on to cast on in ribbing. Attention to details like casting on, seaming, and binding off can make the difference between a mediocre garment or a professional aesthetically pleasing garment. Knitting is a labor of love, details matter.

Quick Knits

As we enter a new winter season I’m thrilled to share this book with you! It is filled with quick knits all using under 200 grams of yarn. The book contains 28 quick knit projects for all skill levels. On page 109 you will find my Wave Mittens. The mittens are knit using 1 skein of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky. For this week only you can take advantage of Knit Picks Big Sale and pick up your …

Sewing Academy

If you are a die-hard crafter (as I am) and you are driving down a country road (as I was) and you drive by a stone barn with a banner that reads “Sewing Academy”. . . what do you do? A giant U-Turn! Exactly! Today I discovered this little gem!   I walked through the door to be greeted by Lorna Knight! Lorna is a Craftsy instructor and author of many sewing related books. Her academy is a crafting paradise where …

Knit Afghan – No Place Like Home

Sometimes we allow ourselves to be taken off on a tangent. After a week of camping in a tipi, I returned home to find a hot-off -the-press copy of No Place Like Home. The timing could not have been better! My ideas of camping and the reality of the past week look nothing alike. I imagined . . . our family walking barefoot through green fields listening to a delicate chorus of birds chirping, appreciating the stars in the infinite night …

Pattern Book & Yarn Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a quality handmade gift? I know I do! Knowing that someone has taken the time to invest their time and skills to create something unique and beautiful makes me feel. . .. well. . . special.  I do cherish such gifts. Today, I want to share the love. . . I’m giving away two copies of Petite Presents, a pattern collection put together by Knit Picks featuring accessory designs from indie designers. There are 30 designs to …

Craftsy Classes & Knitwear Design

Disclosure: My personal endorsement of the yarn, supplies and classes I love also earn me a commission. Each time you make a purchase after clicking on my affiliate links you are actively supporting my yarn addiction- (thank you!) I am all over the place when it comes to my art interests. Although my main craft-love is knitting, I have dabbled in crochet, painting, drawing, and photography. The online classes offered through craftsy.com have been an invaluable resource for me and …


Thank you all for your support and the kind comments. The winner of the “In Bloom” pattern book and yarn is Pat De Leeuw. Congratulations pat! I hope you enjoy! Kati- I will also be sending you a free copy of the Elements Sleeveless top along with a copy of “Norah” the matching baby pattern. Congratulations on the pregnancy of your first child! Here is a sneak peek at the new pattern I am working on. To be released soon. …

Sleeveless Top and Book Giveaway

In celebration of my  Elements Sleeveless Top release and because I appreciate all of your support, I am giving away a copy of In Bloom along with two skeins of wool (enough to knit the Lily Scarf)! In Bloom features 16 beautiful spring/ summer patterns. To enter simply leave a comment below. Happy knitting!

local handspun wool

This morning I was on a mission. . . . a wool buying mission. My local farmers/ crafters market had just what I was looking for. Beautiful handspun wool!    Mission accomplished!  

Slouch hat

Cascade’s Eco Alpaca is a dream to knit with. For all my hard-core knitting friends that knit through all seasons head on over here for a free copy of the Eco Alpaca Vibe hat.