Knitting Design

Not A Hat

So, the hat to match the beaded fingerless mitts went completely awry. I’ve been in denial for days. I always tell my students, “If you don’t like it now, you won’t like it ten rows from now.” I knew I didn’t like what was happening when I was halfway through […]

Not-A-Hat Cowl Around my Neck

Fairy Sparkles and Dandelion Fuzz

My first beaded fingerless mitt is complete. I feel like a fairy left a gift of sparkles and dandelion fuzz to wrap around my weary hands. I love how the dark gray beads glimmer dark in the sunlight and the soft blend of merino, silk and yak cuddle my hand […]

Beaded Fingerless Mitt

Old Crow Comes Out to Play

Recently, I got the itch to cast on something beaded. Of course. Because my “old crow” mind won’t let me just settle down and work on just one thing at a time. (Also because I’m teaching a beading technique class on the 25th and I need a little refresher for […]

Beaded Mitt Cuff/Swatch

The Impronte di Dolce

Two years ago in the barest springtime, my little Dolce-bella-kitty-kitty got attacked by a hunting dog. Stephanie managed to wade through hip-deep icy snow and stop the attack. She called me and we rushed to the vet. Dolce stayed overnight in a little kitty oxygen tent and the perpetrator’s owner […]

Impronte di Dolce

Celebrating the New House

Today, we have truly made the move to North Carolina. Behind us, you see our new home.  Last week, we completed the sale of our old house in Steamboat and today, we finished the purchase of our new house here in Weaverville, North Carolina. To celebrate, I’m having a little […]

Our New House

Feet of Snow = Warm Slipper Socks

We have been watching the snow fall in Steamboat from the east coast. The folks there are rejoicing as feet of snow fall from the sky each day. Each time I remember that much snow falling, I am simultaneously jealous and relieved. Snow, in that quantity and in those temperatures, […]

Slipper Sock Swatch

The Owl in the Thicket Complete

Yesterday, I finished up the Owl in the Thicket hat. Isn’t it darling? Instead of beads, I decided to felt the eyes on the owls. I found this beautiful orangey-yellow roving at the same time that I found the yarn. With a bit of foam that the cats reclaimed from […]

Owl in the Thicket Hat

An Early Gift for Unexpected Guests

With Christmases past, when they came filled with guests and family, I experienced one of the most horrifying things to a crafter: an unexpected visitor. I’ve looked across my sea of handcrafted gifts, wrapped and securely stored under the tree, wondering what I will add to make the boyfriend/cousin/aunt/uncle/girlfriend feel […]

Easy Bulky Christmas Stocking