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September 2020
Hello ,

As I stepped even further back from social media this year, it became obvious I needed to reinvest in writing a newsletter. This is the first one I've sent in over two years! I expect the format of it to evolve in the coming months, and the timing too may change. It's my goal to send at least one newsletter each month.

If you'd asked me back in March how much I'd be knitting and crocheting I would have told you — all the time and all the things. That hasn't happened. I burnt myself out sewing masks for an organization in need when there were no other options available. All of my creativity was sewn away. While I'm ok with that choice, I have a plan to vote so it doesn't happen again.

This month I began the Swatch Library Project and I hope you'll join me. In addition to the free worksheet, I hope soon to offer a kit and workbook to help you build your very own swatch library. This has been in works for a very long time.

If you're shopping during Local Yarn Store Day on September 12th, I have a crochet pattern coming out in collaboration with Artyarns. I've been waiting to share this pattern since February!

The final edits to a knit poncho in Oink Pigments Dapper are in the works, each time I try to schedule photos it rains! I hope to release it very soon. It will be the perfect item to toss on during unpredictable autumn weather.

Below you'll find links to recent blog posts and two quick one skein patterns.

Until next month,

Recent Blog Posts

Swatch Library Project, First Steps

In the last post, I invited you to join in the swatch project. Together we will build our own library of information so we can make better informed substitutions. We'll do this by researching details about the yarn and swatching. There are many other projects to help you learn to swatch. My goal for this project is to help you …

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Swatch Library Project, First Steps
Dot with swatch

Can I Change That?

Over the past year, there have been increasing discussions online about yarn substitution, design samples, and accessibility. This year has been one of change and the focus of this post is no different. Today I’ll write a little about the essential crux of the question, Can I change that?. There are future posts planned will discuss how to systematically go …

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do the electric wind

As I organize my studio following the mini-renovation, I've been winding a lot of yarn. While I often quip that winding yarn is a form of exercise, I've wanted a motorized ball winder for a very long time. We're a DIY family. In addition to a large amount of fabric, craft supplies, and woodworking tools, we have a vast number …

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Winding after maintenanceon all moving parts.

Featured Patterns


bias knit cowl

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Uses 400 yd (366 m) of fingering weight yarn. Yarn is held double throughout. Sample shown in 1 sk Oink Pigments Jewls (60% Superwash Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon) 430yd (393m)/115g, Lavish Lavender colorway.
Autumn Transitions Cowl

Autumn Transitions Cowl

The herringbone stitch gives movement to the fabric and hand-painted yarn.

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Uses 436yd (400m) of fingering weight yarn. Sample shown in 1 sk Artyarns Merino Cloud (80% Extra Fine Merino, 20% Cashmere), Color #1040 (silver, charcoal, copper, navy).