Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sleepy Fox Jumper

Hi knitting friends!

Today I am here to share more about my most recent design: Sleep Fox Jumper. This design is part of the inaugural collection from Knittin' Little, a website "where knitters come to find patterns for children and ways to engage their littles in the love of fiber arts." My friend and fellow knitwear designer, Andrea Sanchez, is the powerhouse behind this fun and fabulous site and I am proud to be part of her Fall 2015 Collection.

So how did my Sleepy Fox Jumper come to be? Like I used to tell my students, many many years ago... let's take a picture walk.

First I saw this...

Then I drew this...

And finally, out popped this...

This is my favorite picture.
This pattern comes in the many sizes: 12 months (18 months, 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, 8 years) and features Blue Sky Alpaca Sport weight yarn. I'll be sharing a review of this yarn in the next week or so on the blog. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can read more about this design on the Knittin' Little blog, where I was recently a guest blogger.

I bet you already know a little girl who look simply adorable in this jumper. So hop on over to Knittin' Little or Ravelry to purchase the pattern.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Yesterday, the first of my fall patterns was released: Slice. This scarf is part of the fall collection from Sweet Georgia Yarns.

 First, I must tell you that this was a fabulous company to work with. They were very positive, professional, and encouraging. And of course, their yarn is gorgeous to knit with. I sincerely hope I get the opportunity to design with their yarn and wonderful company again - such a pleasure!!

I had so much fun knitting this pattern. On the surface, Slice is a simple scarf with a fairly straightforward construction: ribbing on the top and bottom, slip stitched edging, and stockinette stitch body. The fun is in the movement. That's right, I said movement. But wait a second, I also said simple and straight, right? Yep, that too.

Slice gives the illusion of movement with a large all over intarsia motif. This scarf design was inspired by an image of a snowy owl. I love intarsia, especially when it can translate and capture movement. This design is not a literal translation of the owl image, rather an interpretation of the swoop and slice movement an owl’s wings might make while in flight. 

Trinity Worsted is the beautiful yarn Sweet Georgia sent me for this project. It is a smooth worsted weight yarn with gorgeous drape and is made up of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% silk. Plus each skein is packed with 200 yards. I am just crazy about the subtle depth of color especially in the semi-solid colorways. Here is a close up of Silver, the contrasting colorway in Slice. 

Originally, I envisioned a long, oversized and possibly even bulkier scarf. However, who wants to pay $80 for a scarf? See, friends? I am thinking of your wallets. I have NEVER shared my  *cough*juevenile*cough*  sketches before. But in this case, I'd like you to get a better feel for what I pictured. Here is my original sketch...

How cool and cozy would this look if you doubled up on the yarn? Talk about super warm and squishy and heavenly!
Make sure you take a moment to flip through the fall collection lookbook. This collection is jam-packed with gorgeous and inviting knits that truly show off the beauty of the Sweet Georgia Yarns colors. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sneak Peek on Knittn' Little

 Hope on over to the Knittin' Little blog for a sneak peek of my upcoming design for this launch collection of children pattterns. I absolutely cannot wait to share this with you!

What are you waiting for? Check it out right now :).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Secret projects

Over the past 8 months,  I have worked on 6 new patterns that will be published this fall via magazines, book publisher, or yarn companies. I am happy to report that 2 will be coming out in the next two weeks. The rest should be available in October. The inspiration for these designs are quite varied. However, they all reflect my personality and style. I am quite proud of each one and am eager for you to see them.... but not just yet! In the mean time, here are some of the images that inspired the designs. Enjoy!

Modern lines

Feminine details 

Animals in nature 

Happy knitting!