Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I'm hard at work on my latest project, named Hattie. Not quite post-ready yet as there'll be a remake before I do.  There's been too many changes along the way to trust scribbles without a double-check.  Hattie (Harriet) was my grandmother's aunt, the youngest sibling of her mother Martha, born in 1888.  I was a teenager when our paths crossed; she was in her late 70s.  She appreciated my interest so I've got her knitting needles.  Hattie, the sweater, has a shawl collar created as a separate piece that extends around the neckline and down the bodice front as a vertical insert. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Documenting the pattern

Yesterday I revised the pattern for my latest sweater.  I’m hoping to submit it and another to Knitty.com before their First Fall + Holiday Headstart 2011deadline on April 1st so I'm motivated. Time taken for this can feel endless but the process helps me plan and think so it's time well spent. Patty Lyons, a teacher at a seminar I took recently at the Vogue Knitting Live Conference, talked about the benefits of mindful knitting – working with an understanding of the designer’s intent.  It made sense to me so I reformatted my patterns and added a column for notes and extra information, to relay my intent.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Today I started a blog - and it's taken the better part of it to figure things out.

I became a member of Ravelry a while ago but only recently checked back in.  I posted a few of my sweaters and was shocked when within minutes members were responding.  I've been added to several project queues and have made a few sales from the linked Patternfish site.  The internet is a wonderful thing.