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popping in

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Hello Friends,

First, an announcement: all of my yarn that can be seen on South Seas Knitting can now be bought from Wildfiber, my former store, which almost closed but was rescued at the last minute by two lovely ladies, Teri and Claudia. They don’t yet have e-commerce up and running but I’ll bet if you called or email them they would send you whatever you want.

I have been a recalcitrant blogger, I know. It’s because of life’s changes that we must all go through and there’ve been many in the past year. When I popped in to say hello last October, I was in New Zealand for the funeral of my only sibling, my sister, Robyn, who had been unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer a few months before, and whom I thankfully came to New Zealand to see a month before she passed away. Writing this, I still can hardly believe she’s gone. Thankfully, I am still connected to her through my nephew and niece, both of whom I adore, and who have two gorgeous children apiece.

Here are my nephew Joe’s two kids wearing their hats I knitted for them. Ruben’s hat is the one from my last post, that I had to make all over again due to the twisted stitches. Lucia’s is the Blue Sky Alpacas Kitty Hat, a genius design by Lisa Whiting. I love this hat so much I’ve made another one for my niece’s little girl.



At the end of last year I embarked on a major knitting project. After spending three years writing my two latest books, I fancied following someone else’s pattern for a change, so I went searching for something to use up my enormous stash of Koigu. I decided on Hue Shift Afghan by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence.

It uses 10 shades, with 100 permutations. I love the way Kerin combined the colors and it’s the best use of mitered squares I’ve even seen. It’s made of four sections. The only sewing is the connection of these 4 squares. I knit the whole blanket on 2 size US 5 double pointed needles [I have a habit of using the shortest needles I can whenever I can and often use a couple of dpns]

Here’s my blanket when I was about to begin the 4th and final square. I could barely believe I’d gotten this far.

and here it is, finished with the 10 rows of garter stitch edging. I made it for my son, Pete.


Before I parted ways with my glorious and beloved stash of yarn sold to Wildfiber, they invited me to participate in a pop up store. so. much. fun.

Over three days I saw many of my friends and former customers. It was like having a knitting shop all over again. And part of having that all-over-again-feeling, was the exhaustion at the end of each day!

There was Mary, wearing her Everyday Cardigan from Knitting Everyday Finery


and Karen wearing Wandering Cable Scarf. (I recently added this pattern to Ravelry). How pretty is this pink and yellow colour combination?

Now I’ll leave you with a peek in a corner of our garden at our tiny house in Santa Monica. We are now living in it. It is very very small, but I’ve been reminded that I’m a spoiled Kiwi-Californian who is used to space. We’ve made a gorgeous little garden, full of the drought tolerant plants I love so much, and 5 New Zealand pohutukawa trees in pots.


June knitting

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Hi Everyone,

I’ve had fun this week, and it’s all been about gloves. First, I made these for my friend Ingrids’ birthday. She’s the same dear friend who is the recipient of a pair of Shiraz slippers. Her style is not at all frilly, so I decided to make the July Gloves minus the lace panel. I kept the opening, and made just one line of bobbles. I hope she likes them. They’re in Koigu KPM shade 1110.

Here they are….

Do any of you have something like this lying around your house? Precious little leftover balls of yarn you just can’t bear to part with?

These are all Koigu kpm, collected over the 12 years I’ve been knitting with it. There is more, actually a large zipped plastic duvet bag, but shhhhh! I find it very hard to discard small bits of yarn, so I end up with a bin full of it. Not just Koigu. I find it hard to discard any yarn. It just seems wasteful and I always harbour a vague idea that I’ll find a use for it. So, this week, I did.

I’m sometimes asked where I get my inspiration, and I always give the usual list  (textiles, travel, museums, nature, etc ) which, without examples, can seem a bit dry. So let me show you what I found recently, and what it inspired.

It’s an Indian throw made of old saris, big and small pieces patched together and then quilted. I fell in love with it, so I bought it for myself as a reward for…well, do I really need an excuse? It must have been the inspiration for my current project, gloves made from my scraps.

Here they are

I’m using the July Gloves pattern for the fingers and making up the rest.

I’m going to continue for a few days on this quest to use up my stash and will report back with some more examples.

It’s SO much fun to do this. Next up, I think it’ll be fingerless gloves with stripes.


koigu news

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

What is your desert island yarn? If you were marooned somewhere, which yarn would keep you sane and what would you knit?

I would make this:

It’s crochet in which I’m a novice, but with months to await a passing ship, I might as well spend the time on self-improvement.

The Babette blanket, designed by Kathy Merrick, just happens to use my desert island yarn: Koigu KPM. Whenever I’m about to start a new project, I have to steer myself away from my Koigu shelf, just to be fair on other yarns.

Koigu is known most famously for it’s exquisite multi-coloured yarn, KPPPM, but it’s the semi-solid KPM that I love best, for infinite colour possibilties (they go on forever- I will never keep up) and the satisfying springiness of the wool.

So, I’m very excited that I have two designs in the first Koigu magazine, which is coming out this month.

Here they are:

Skipping Stones, a patchwork cardigan that I first made for myself to satisfy a need for a lightweight, structured cardigan that I could wear anywhere.

The second design is “Scholar” which I imagined Julia Flyte wearing with a pleated silk skirt at a Brideshead garden party.

If you love the Babette blanket, Kathy Merrick has a beautiful book, Crochet in Color. It’s full of stylish projects.

Here are my favourites

If you love Koigu too, what is your favourite project?