Unbelievable Lightness with Berroco Maya

Unbelievable Lightness with Berroco Maya

You guys, I am done. Done with these huge, major, heavy, suck-your-life-away-for-a-month projects! I AM FREEEEEE!!! The lightness my shoulders feel is unbelievable. Easy, carefree, and feeling as though the future is wide open to every possibility again. And it means I can get back to my favorite thing: playing happily with yarn. And oh, do I have a lovely yarn that you’ll want to get: Berroco Maya. I snapped it up at my local yarn shop (the Recycled Lamb

I’m still here!

I’m still here!

I’m still here but, slammed amidst the insanity that is: editing 200+ photos for my book, editing and finalizing said book, writing 20+ patterns for a yarn company, and all while attempting to attend to my new day job. It”s … well … it’s probably the hardest, busiest month I’ve experienced since that time when I became a new mom! Your support and encouragement mean the world to me. Smooches!

School is Out + TNNA Recap

School is Out + TNNA Recap

School is out, my husband is home following his surgery, I’m glued to the desk for this obscene amount of work, and I am still alive. Yep, still alive. Which is more than I can say for my poor garden after a wicked bout of hail last week. The kids last day of school consisted of Field Day, where they played non-stop. My oldest was so proud of herself for achieving a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbon (“my goal”

Crazy Week Ahead

Crazy Week Ahead

Hey, my fiber-loving peeps! The schedule this coming up crazy week is going to be a bit … hairy. To say the least. I’ll won’t be putting up a Yarn or Stitch Play post this week, but I thought I’d take a moment to let you know the insanely wild stuff that has been and will soon be. Last week … ahem… I accepted a job offer! Squeal! I can’t say TOO much about it publicly yet, but suffice to

Your Regular Fiber Supplement [5.26.15]

Your Regular Fiber Supplement [5.26.15]

A generous helping of fiber lovelies found across the web. A chance to soak up the pleasure of creative adventure. A quiet moment of rest that only knitting inspiration can provide. You know – a monthly round-up of awesome knitterly things I found to help keep you happy and regular!  I found this endearing video of Sweet Georgia Yarns and if it doesn’t make you fall instantly in love … well, you have a heart of coal. lol Star Wars

Stitch Play: Savory Twist

The stitch pattern that I played with this week is delightfully springy and textural, making it an ideal choice for borders, warm fabrics, garments, and accessories. You’ll find it on the advanced-intermediate side, but if you’ve been itching to try your hand at twisted stitches in your knitting, then give this a try! I used a light worsted weight called Trinity Worsted from Sweet Georgia and size US 7 needles. Stitches Used K-tbl: knit through the back loop. P-tbl: purl

The Heartbeat in Sweet Georgia

The Heartbeat in Sweet Georgia

“It has a heartbeat. It … flickers.” When I find someone who is as passionate about the inspiring, energetic, heart-warming qualities of yarn as I am … well, I just don’t ever want to let them go! I’ve long believed that yarn, with its rich depth and invigorating texture, reaches into our spirits like few other things can. It’s all about connecting us with our past, our present, and our true selves. Felicia, at Sweet Georgia Yarns, beautifully describes that

Warm Days, Cool Knits

Warm Days, Cool Knits

This book could not have come at a more perfect time! The days have been crazy here in Colorado with Seattle-like rain and snow on Mother’s Day … I’m itching for all things summery so I can remember the easy, breezy feel again! I have quite a few lovely linens on hand and when I look through the airy, beautiful patterns in this new book, Warm Days, Cool Knits, by Corrina Ferguson, I am inspired to pull them out! I’m quite

Stitch Play: Stacked Columns

Stitch Play: Stacked Columns

Yesterday, I shared my love of Anzula’s yarn called Cole, a luscious, thick yarn that lends itself beautifully to textured patterns. I tested that theory out with a simple ribbing stitch pattern. While definitely a basic stitch, it still feels rich with depth. Gentle raised columns, stacked with two rows of knitting. You’ll love how quickly the pattern is memorized and how well it blocks out. A Stacked Column (mult of 2 sts + 1) Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row

Oh, Anzula, take me away!

Oh, Anzula, take me away!

My goodness, it has been one of those weeks. The children seeming to have lost their minds with attitude, the husband moping about because of all the rain and being cooped up inside, and my work load behaving so irrationally that my calendar looks like a monster truck ran across it. Trying to get it all done, keep up, stay ahead … it’s enough to make one go screaming for the hills! Remember those old spa product commercials? “Calgon, take

My Online Editor Gig (you know, in my spare time)

My Online Editor Gig (you know, in my spare time)

I love being able to share my knitting insanity with people and I try to get to it as much as I can here on the blog, but did you know that you can find me in a few other places, as well? In the Creative Knitting Online Newsletter, you’ll find tutorials, trends, and fiber-lovin’ commentary! In addition to my roles as wife, mother, knitter, writer, photographer, designer … I am also the Online Editor for their newsletter. It’s a crazy life

Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance

Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance

When I pulled out the Hawthorne Sport this week, I wanted to see how a light, subtle eyelet pattern would behave with such a strong, colorful yarn. It is often hard to utilize different stitch patterns, particularly lace, when knitting with short color changes, but I’m quite pleased with the resulting fabric in this swatch. The soft pop of the pinks/reds doesn’t detract from the diagonal lines of the decreases and eyelets like I thought it would and the openwork lends drape to