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Ultraviolet Knits – Porch Light Shawl

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 13:18

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Porch Light Wrap. You can access a list of all the related posts HERE! Georsan modelled the shawl for...

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Falling Petals Shawl – A Versatile Knit in Lace or 4ply Weight

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:08

I designed Falling Petals Shawl in 2013 to showcase a semi-solid lace yarn for my first book, Bake Knit Sew (Anchor and Bee, 2014). Of course, that doesn’t limit the pattern, which works equally beautifully in 4ply/sock weight yarn. You’ll...

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Interview with 2bOrganic

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 14:33

I was delighted when Simone Nelson of 2bOrganic agreed to be interviewed for my blog. For the past year, I’ve been conducting and sharing interviews with small makers and artisans, you can read the other posts HERE. Simone and I first ‘met’ through...

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Useful List of Knitting Patterns I’ve Designed for Yarn Scraps and Mini Skeins

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 16:56

We all have leftover partial skeins of yarn, mini skeins, or scraps. Their beauty just as admirable as when they were full skeins, but somehow feel less useful. Their purpose shifts because the weight isn’t a nice even 100g, but that...

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How to Create Your Own Yarn Calendar with Leftover Sock Scraps

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 13:34

We’ve all admired the 2018 Yarn Advent Calendars, but it isn’t always feasible or prudent to buy more yarn, especially when many of us have leftover bits waiting to fulfil their destiny. So, I decided to see if I could...

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Comprehensive List of Patterns to Use with Mini Skeins & Yarn Advent Calendar Sets

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 13:10

We all have those mini skeins we treasure, smaller yardage balls, and are maybe even eyeing a hand-dyed mini skein set for a daily knitting project. When I dine out, I love a nice main course, but have you ever...

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Ultraviolet Knits – Phare Hat

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:17

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Altair Cowl. This pattern has the distinction of being the only hat in the Ultraviolet Knits collection. Inspired by...

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Imitation Crab Salad

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 14:05

Now that I’m a parent and making meals for four of us every day (sometimes twice a day), I think back to the balanced and delicious meals my own mother cooked for us. Honestly, at the time I was used...

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Travel Unravelled: Where I Went and Yarn I Bought

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 14:19

When I travel, I bring back three kinds of souvenirs: Christmas tree ornaments, iron-on patches, and yarn. Each Christmas, we are reminded of our adventures as we trim and admire the tree, though I’m still trying to track down ornaments...

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How I Started Blogging and My Favorite Writing Books

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 14:29

Since I learned what letters and words do, I’ve put them together to convey ideas or just for fun. In college, I was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, I was an interning editor for an educational catalog/magazine for three summers,...

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Ultraviolet Knits – Firefly Hour Mitts

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:12

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Firefly Hour Mitts. You can access a list of all the related posts HERE! These are one of three...

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Interview with Python Charms

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:19

Frankie Lodge launched Python Charms a year ago. As a friend from my knitting circle, I knew I’d love her creations given she puts such thought and care into each design. Then I saw her collections be revealed and I REALLY love...

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Ultraviolet Knits – Elara Shawl

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 13:09

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Elara Shawl. You can access a list of all the related posts HERE!   Elara is the eighth-largest moon...

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Clafoutis – Equally Good for Breakfast, Brunch, or Dessert

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:17

Clafouti or Far Breton is one of my favorite French treats. Easy to prepare, delicious to enjoy, and good for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Like most French dishes, it is best created using full-fat ingredients and will not be the same if you opt for margarine and skim milk.

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Ultraviolet Knits – Altair Cowl

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:04

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Altair Cowl. You can access a list of all the related posts HERE! One of three cowl patterns in...

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A Visit to Stranded By The Sea LYS in Edmonds, Washington

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 13:39

Last summer, I enjoyed a special book signing event at Stranded By The Sea in Edmonds, Washington for Bake Knit Sew (Anchor and Bee, 2014). If you are ever in the Seattle area, I recommend a visit to this delightful...

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Surviving and Thriving on Staycation Drives or Long Road Trips with Kids

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 15:08

I previously wrote a post about how to pack for kids for a long-haul flight and also how to entertain kids on a long-haul flight. I also did some Instagram videos about the topic. But this post is focusing those...

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School Gate Shawlette Knitting Pattern & ECIYC Back2School Campaign

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 14:32

Introducing my newest knitting pattern called School Gate Shawlette. It was inspired by the ironwork openings and lattice textures of my son’s school gate. This pattern is being released as part of a fundraiser for Every Child Is Your Child (ECIYC)‘s Back2School campaign. All...

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Ultraviolet Knits – Aerglo Shawl

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:42

Aerglo Shawl This shawl can be made in two sizes, both of which are knit using three full skeins and three mini skeins. Each is knit with a background created by the two darker neutral skeins, so the UV-reactive yarn...

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19 Refreshing Lettuce-free Salads

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 16:55

Salads do not always need to be green or pasta. This week's three salad recipes are delicious, healthy, and vegetarian (use egg/dairy-free bread for vegans)! It might be ideal for those family members who dislike eating their greens.

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