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Smokeberry & Lael

December 17, 2014

Naming my patterns is pretty fun sometimes.  For this one I found a word I thought was pretty that occurs in A Game of Thrones all of I think 2 times… once referring to wine, and once to the vine.  And when I found this stitch pattern with its little buds, and winding vines and leaves, well, it just seemed like it was meant to be!

I finished this a while back, but am just getting around to publishing it because in August I ended up with mono.  Mono!  At my age!  Nuts.  But it WIPED.  ME. OUT.  I literally thought I was dying, kid you not.  And it took 8 weeks for doctors to figure it out.  Anyway, I’m back, and I have 2 new patterns for you!

So here is Smokeberry.  It is an infinity scarf that begins with a provisional cast on, it worked flat lengthwise, and then joined with a 3 needle bind off.  It features twisted stitches, cables (with twisted stitches), and lace.  There are some “special” stitches, but I made some video tutorials to help with those. This was worked in 1 skein of the gorgeous Madeline Tosh Sock in sugarplum.




– $5
(There may be a 20% off coupon code “hidden” on Ravelry that is good through Friday, Dec 19…)

And if this is a bit too much for you, I also just released a super quick and simple cowl – Lael. She uses about 250yds of bulky alpaca blend and is super warm and comfy. And she’s free! download now

Lael Cowl

If you make either, please get on Ravelry and post your project, because I love seeing them!

Black Friday – Free with purchase!

November 27, 2014

One of my most popular patterns – Darby Boot Cuffs – is yours for FREE with the purchase of any one of my other self-published patterns Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27) through Cyber Monday (Dec. 1).  Darby Boot Cuffs are quick, only use about 1 skein of yarn, and make great gifts.  No coupon code necessary, just add one pattern and the Darby Boot Cuffs to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically.  Enjoy and happy holiday knitting!

Black Friday Deal

Black Friday Deal


November 25, 2014

Have you seen the new issue of Twist Collective?!

I’m so excited to have my first sweater pattern featured in this issue. This is Paramo. It’s a classic boatneck pullover with a pop of color detail at the bodice and sleeve cuffs.


Photo courtesy of Twist Collective. ©Crissy Jarvis


Paramo - close

Photo courtesy of Twist Collective. ©Crissy Jarvis


It was a pleasure to work with Sunshine Yarns also. This yarn is so soft, and the color saturation is so beautiful. I used Merino Worsted in Plum Goodness, and Merino Sport in Starfish.

Paramo - detail


Paramo – $7

Elianette KAL

June 9, 2014

Do you love to kint-a-long with others? I know I do. It helps keep me focused and finish instead of starting 20 projects at once!

Join us in the Dream in Color yarn group on Ravelry for a knit-a-long of my most recent shawl pattern, Elianette.

Elianette Shawl by Wendy Neal

We’re beginning June 16, but jump in any time. By using Dream in Color yarn and completing your project by July 21, you’ll be eligible for prizes.

I’ll personally be jumping in knitting this again. I will be trying out the latest Dream in Color single ply Jilly in Nebula, and attempting a smaller shawlette version.

Minestrone with Spicy Sausage and Quinoa

May 2, 2014

I was never a fan of minestrone soup, and certainly not anything with a tomato base.  But this Minestrone recipe by Ellie Krieger won me over.  It’s a great way to get in your vegetables, too.

Modified Minestrone

However, since finding this recipe I’ve gone gluten free, so now I can’t have pasta.  Or should I say I’ve not found a gluten free pasta that is any good if not eaten in 10 minutes.  Is it just me or does the texture just turn to total gritty mush if gluten free pasta isn’t eaten immediately?  I’ve since found out that I love quinoa in soup.  To substitute it in this recipe I added just 1/3 cup quinoa in place of the pasta, and let it simmer for the last 30 minutes.  Apparently I’m picking about beans as well, so I tried substituting some other meats, and found that I love it with spicy ground sausage.  The spicy adds just enough extra flavor and zing to the soup.  I brown the sausage first, and drained it on paper towels before proceeding with the recipe as directed.  Give it a try!

Elianette Shawl

May 2, 2014

The Elianette shawl is now available! Elianette is a circular shawl, knit from the top down, creating a cape-like shape. It features 4 different lace sections, with only knit and purl stitches required on the wrong side rows. The eyelet border is knit onto the live stitches of the last row. Finish off the cast-on edge with an optional crocheted edge.

This was knit in Dream in Color Smooshy in Sundown Orchid. The color is just stunning and the yarn is wonderful to work with.  I’m excited to get to try DIC’s newest base Jilly. The shawl requires approximately 550 yards of fingering weight yarn. Stay tuned for information about an upcoming KAL hosted by Dream in Color! I would love for you to join us.

Elianette Shawl by Wendy Neal

I blocked this sample to about 3/4 circle, but it can be blocked into a full circle!

Elianette Shawl by Wendy NealElianette Shawl by Wendy Neal

Check out some of my test knitter’s projects.

Coming Soon – Elianette

April 21, 2014

Elianette Shawl by Wendy Neal

Free Pattern – Mod Maude

April 21, 2014

Did you know that Mod Maude is a free pattern? This is a fun shawl that would be great for using up left over sock yarns. It’s got a unique construction that includes short rows, and knitting one triangle with the second triangle knit on as you go. Check it out! I would love to see more projects on this one.

Mod Maude

Mod Maude

Two New Hats

April 20, 2014

and one is a cowl, too!

Sieraden is a fun hat that shows off variegated yarns beautifully.  This is a great hat for beginners as well.  It’s become one of my new favorites.  Shown here in Malabrigo Silky Merino (DK) in Arco Iris set against Natural.  For a great discounts on multiple skeins, check out Mr. Yarn.


Magali is both a hat and a cowl.  This fun lace stitch worked in luxurious worsted weight yarn like Madelinetosh Vintage (shown in Jade) creates a warm comfy hat.  What’s great about it is the ability to uncinch the top of the hat and just sling it around your neck for a trendy accessory when you’re indoors.

Magali Cowl/Hat

Magali Cowl/Hat

Thanks to Amie Hazlett for the beautiful photography!  If you’re ever in the Colorado Springs area check her out.  Bullfrogs and Butterflies

I’m Back!

December 22, 2013

After almost a year long hiatus, I thought it’s about time for me to update my blog again.

After 7 months of being unemployed, my husband obtained a new job at the beginning of November. I’m still working and have found that I’m not very good at managing home, family, work, and a business. So unfortunately I do not have a whole lot of knitting and design time.

However, a couple weeks ago I did released a new pattern for Darby Boot Cuffs! Darby features a simple little cable, lace stitches, and little extra something from a Japanese stitch dictionary I like to call a “bud” stitch. They pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but you can modify the size by changing that or your needle size. These are a fun, quick project, great for last minute gift giving!
Darby Boot Cuffs

Darby Boot Cuffs

And then last week I decided to go gluten-free because I have had about half of the symptoms of gluten sensitivity for a good part of my life. My biggest hope is to get rid of, or greatly reduce, my migraines. I usually get 5-6 a month. So you will probably see some more food posts with my gluten-free experiments.