it's what i do

Knitting patterns and blog ramblings about knitting and sewing. ... and gardening, and cooking. Basically all the makes. There's a lot of strange knowledge in my brain that I'm hoping can do some good out in the world.


Unpatterns are available on Patternfish!

on the needles

• Big Grey Thing

• Lots of Turkish Bed Socks in BMFA Socks that Rock

in my ears
  • The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    by Louise Penny
  • A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    by Louise Penny
under my nose
  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
    The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
    by Daniel J. Levitin
fueled by
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Let the Light In - new pattern!

Here's the other new pattern I've been cooking up with the help of some lovely yarn from Blue Moon:

Let the Light In is a slightly boxy pullover in an all-over mesh lace stitch that's easy to learn and memorize. I love the texture it creates on the purl side - it reminds me of those woven cane chair seats!

Just 1 skein for the Small size (to fit up to 36" bust), or 2 skeins for the Medium and Large sizes of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Laci or Laci. At 900 yards apiece of hand-painted glory, there's so much joy to be had in these bountiful skeins!

We're starting a KAL (Knit-a-long) over in my new group on Ravelry, akabini & friends. We won't be casting on 'officially' until Tuesday evening July 19 (chill down those cocktail shakers!), so that should give everyone plenty of time to order and receive their yarn, wind that first big-ass skein, and swatch, swatch, swatch!

Best of all, when you purchase your pattern, you'll get a PDF with ordering instructions from Blue Moon that includes a 15% off coupon code off your purchase of Silky Laci or Laci! So if you can't decide which luscious semi-solid colorway to knit first, get several - the code is good through July!

Sure hope you can join us and let a little light in on 2016. It's had its dark moments, hasn't it?


Keystone Socks - new pattern!

A big part of my design life has been spent in the excellent company of Tina, the color maven behind Blue Moon Fiber Arts. We've conspired with sweaters and socks and cowls and all sorts of knitted goodies over the years.

Her Rockin' Sock Club is a big whirlwind of sockstravaganza craziness, with hundreds of knitters looking forward to packages of yarn and patterns hitting their mailboxes every other month. Back in 2014, I contributed a sock pattern to the Club that's hands-down my favorite one to knit and wear.

I named them 'Keystone' partly because of the way the shaping cradles the arch of the foot on the sole, and partly after the Port Townsend-to-Keystone ferry run that's a part of life here in my little hometown.

Today, Keystone Socks are available on Ravelry for your downloading and knitting pleasure!

Hope you enjoy them - they're a great way to feature fabulous hand-dyed yarns like Blue Moon's Socks that Rock™!


something's coming

I've been quietly working away behind the scenes this year, getting ready to launch something new!

I'm thrilled to be working with Tina and her gorgeous range of yarns over at Blue Moon Fiber Arts again - and I have two surprises in store for you later this week.

Yarn is BMFA Laci in colorway "Debra's Magic Blue"Can't wait to show them to you!


this organized life

I'd better admit it right up front - organizing is one of my hobbies. With a free evening on my hands, the thought of pulling things out of cupboards, sorting and then re-organizing them actually sounds like a lot of fun.

Realizing that this isn't everyone's cup of meat, perhaps my enjoyment in how I organize things might lead to some insights for folks who like it a bit less...

So expect a regular thread on organizing and managing your to-do lists, your creative supplies, your wardrobe, your... you name it!

Top of the list for me right now is my digital vs. analogue life: I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about journaling, to-do lists, and generallly managing all the ideas and to-do lists that stream out of my brain every day. (Trust me, it's a lot, and unmanaged it would be pretty scary.)

(The mild irony of that sticker is not lost on me.)Like a lot of 21st-century creative professionals, I've spent the last ten years or so, since the advent of smartphones and tablets, thinking that I should go completely digital with my to-do lists and grocery lists and lists of all the things. As soon as I'd jotted down a note on paper, I tried to convert it to an item in an app somewhere. This had its advantages - timed reminders to do things, no bits of paper to fly around (or forget at home when running errands), but there was a whole side of my brain that wasn't ... satisfied with the digital capture.

I'm a child of the European school system - the fountain pens for schoolwork, the paper notebooks handed in for homework, the leather cases with slots for pens and pencils... The stuff of an analogue life is close to my heart.

So last year, when a colleague discovered the Passion Planner, I dove in and never looked back. Analogue was back in my life! (It didn't hurt that at about the same time, a wee shop opened down the street selling fine fountain pens and inks. We were doomed.) Suddenly, I was carrying a pouch full of pens and pencils to meetings, loving the feeling of writing things down again.

I've loved getting back to the literal - being able to pick up a pen and just write something down has an immediacy to it that typing into my phone or tablet can't match. Plus, the potential for visual creativity is such a joy on its own: which pen to use? which ink color do I want for that little list?

As with all obsessions of mine, this one swung to the extreme - I was barely using my digital reminder systems at all anymore... and after a few missed appointments and scrambles for information, it became clear that I could do with a balanced set of analogue and digital tools.

It's taken me a while to figure out which things I like to keep in which format, and my planner system is morphing into a new shape now that I'm back to freelance work from home, but I've enjoyed the process of considering what works for me and building my little set of tools - which I'll start to share with you over the coming weeks.

Go dust off those fountain pens, if you've got 'em! We're about to go play.

[My stack of toys, bottom to top:]
Passion Planner for 2016 (16-17 editions now available!)
Roterfaden cover and notebooks, available from Baumkuchen in LA
• Leuchtturm 1917 notebook (mine from Goulet Pens)
• "Things" app for iPad
• Vintage Parker fountain pen 


winter wardrobe

Proud of my stack of knits for my Winter 2016 wardrobe, based on my inspirations from my Pinterest board. I think I might have nailed it! (Surprised at how many garment-sized pieces I finished for this season.)

More posts to come about my process around seasonal wardrobe makes!