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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.

Life Update

February 24, 2013

I know I’ve been missing in action for a while, but with good reason.  With my kids in school all day now, in October, I went back to work part-time in accounting.  It started off simple and enjoyable, but once the person I replaced left and I had the opportunity to do my thing, it became quite… different.  I still generally enjoy it, love the people I work with, but it is currently downright stressful.  I know things will calm down in a few weeks probably.

And then a week ago we learned that my husband would be laid-off from his great job with an even greater company that has been undergoing financial stresses.  So on top of my own job stresses, I now have the emotional burden of losing that “company family” connection, and the worry of how our personal finances will shake out in the coming season.

As much as I would love to knock out a few new patterns – I have some in the works!… sorta – at this time it is impossible to for me to give much attention to pattern writing.  But I just wanted to throw out there how much I do appreciate all of you knitters who do support little businesses like mine.  I’m not going anywhere, just gonna be silent for a while until things are back in order.

Christmas Knitting Sale!

November 29, 2012

It’s not too late to get started on gifts for Christmas!  You can make a hat in a few days, or a shawl in a week or so.  This week, now through Friday, Dec. 7, all of my patterns purchased through Ravelry (with the exception of Timbali, which is available exclusively though Twist Collective) are 20% off.  No coupon codes necessary.  Discount will be taken off automatically when you check out.

Mod Maude by the fire

Mod Maude shawl

Enjoy, and happy knitting!

Survey – Mystery KALs and pattern formats

November 5, 2012

I would love to get some feedback on a couple questions.

I’m considering doing a mystery KAL with a pattern I’m currently working on. Do you like mystery KALs? What factors do you have in mind when you decide whether or not to participate in one?

Any my other question, somewhat related to the first, is do you prefer charts or written instructions? Would you not participate in a mystery KAL if the pattern was not in your preferred format?

New Pattern: Idalia Shawl

November 1, 2012

With a name meaning “behold the sun,” Idalia is an extended semi-circle shawl knit in worsted weight yarn, making it super warm and cozy, and large enough to wrap around your shoulders. It starts at the top center with a stockinette body, and is finished with an airy lace border and a crocheted bind off along the scalloped edge. Pattern includes both written and charted instructions.

Idalia Shawl

Idalia Shawl

Idalia edge

This one was worked in Biscotte & Cie Filante (100% superwash merino wool, 225yds/115g skein) in Vitamin C. Thanks to my friend Heather Mathias for the modeled photos!

Due to interest from one of my test knitters, I decided to include both the original edging and the final modified edging. The original edging (“alternate”) uses considerably more yardage than that written into the main pattern, though they do give a slightly different look. The choice is up to you!