Rustic, Simple, Wholesome

Rustic, Simple, Wholesome

Apparently, I’m on an alpaca kick these days, but it’s easy to see why … a) darn cute animal, b) so soft, and c) a lightweight fiber that lends itself well to these muggy hot days of summer! And boy is it hot here in Texas (I’m here visiting my wild and crazy family)! Want to get a sneak peek at something new and purdy? It isn’t even out yet! Telluride by Classic Elite Yarns. I picked up this sample

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

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

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

Like the rainbow after the dark clouds… yarn review

Like the rainbow after the dark clouds… yarn  review

I’m a sucker for pretty colors and lightweight yarn, but I’m not often stopped in my tracks by them. Until I put my hands on this stunning skein of Hawthorne Sport. Like a sudden burst a rainbow after the dark clouds from an early May storm, this rich, vibrant yarn grabs hold of the knitter’s heart with delight and wonder. And I’ll add that, here in Colorado, which can’t make up its dang mind between spring thunderstorms, summer heat, and

“Never go out of style”

“Never go out of style”

I’ve got a confession to make. I love Taylor Swift. …ducking… Her newest song, Style, has me feeling that James Dean daydream feeling … soft, casual, nostalgic feelings that never really fade, reminding us of those sweet moments of yesterday. It’s like home. Comforting. Timeless. Never going out of style. We knitters can name yarn like that, can’t we? Fibers and textures that we turn to again and again because it has a hold on our hearts as much as

Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Merchant.

Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Merchant.

I have never, and I mean NEVER, had a book cause such a stir of inspiration within my heart as this new(ish) book, Knitting Fresh Brioche, by Nancy Merchant. I mean it! Oh, I get great enjoyment, satisfaction, and pleasure from a multitude of books, videos, and patterns, but this one …. this one brought such a pitter-pat of heartfelt delight that all I want to do is master brioche the same way Nancy has. “I figured it was time to give

Artistic Differences by Talitha Kuomi

Artistic Differences by Talitha Kuomi

One of my favorite yarn companies (Classic Elite Yarn) and one of my favorite designers (and 2014 contestant in the Fiber Factor), Talitha Kuomi, joining up to create a new book? Color me delighted!! We are all so very different, with varying ideas of style, design, and fashion. In Artistic Differences, Talitha spins her imagination and skill into projects that emphasize how special diversity really is. [bctt tweet=”Talitha Kuomi spins her imagination and skill into projects that emphasize how special diversity

Fiber Fave: Everyday Lace by Heather Zoppetti

One of my very good friends, the infamous Heather Zoppetti, is debuting her first knitting book, Everyday Lace: Simple, Sophisticated Knitted Garments! It’s an exciting time because every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears from her tiny frame went into this collection; hard work really does pay off! I think you are really going to like this book.  Everyday Lace: Simple, Sophisticated Knitted Garments has a variety of projects for every type of knitter – small, easy pieces for the instant-gratification

Tab’s Fiber Fave: Addi Clicks

I’m a sucker for needles as much as I am for colorful or soft yarn. But, I feel like I don’t have to look much further than my fabulously amazing Addi Click Lace Tips. I love them so much, I have to rave a bit. Humor me. 🙂 I own both the Long and Short Tip Sets, as well as extra tips (because, well, I knit a LOT). I’ve put them through the ringer over the past two years and they

Tab’s Fiber Fave: Soak Wash

My Friday Fiber Fave pick of the week is Soak Wash. I seriously love everything about this company, from the fabulous owner and her team to the awesome products that increase the level of delight in my work.  Soak wash comes in a variety of divine fragrances (their newest scent is Fig and I love it so so much!), but that’s just the bonus to the simple, effective, and delicate clean that results when I use it. I block my

Busy at work…

I’ve been a busy, busy bee working on a couple of different things. Each will be making its way to you in the next few weeks, but how about a sneak peak at what I think might very well be the softest, most buttery yarn I’ve ever worked with…. mmmm…. FYI: the yarn is Knit Picks Diadem (Fingering). Oh, boy — are you going to think you’ve gone to heaven… Be sure to a) use bamboo needles because it is