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Monday, September 3rd, 2012

How sweet is this first sign of spring? I saw it the other day when out for a walk in the park with my photographer friend Helen and her little girl, she of the Isla Cape who you will see (girl, not cape) in my upcoming book of baby gifts, coming out April-ish 2013. There will be a cape, but a new, exciting cabled version.

Things have been a bit topsy turvy here, due to all kinds  of changes. We’ve been getting our home ready for sale, and the FAQ  “where are you going?” is answered by the two of us, in unison: “we don’t know yet!”. It’s true. We don’t.
One short term plan is already in place: at the end of October we’re heading to California, where I’m excited to say I’ll be teaching workshops at Knit Culture Studio,  a lovely knitting shop on 3rd Street  in Los Angeles.

I’m teaching stranded colorwork for the double-layered H@T  November 3rd and 10th, and “finishing Daisy Dachshund” November 4. You can see details here.

Knit Culture are hosting a Daisy knitalong in October, which will culminate in my finishing class.

We’re also planning a knitalong for Daisy on my Ravelry group, beginning mid September. Join us!




After California I’ll be off to London with my lovely daughter to see my gorgeous son. No need to tell you how excited I am about that!

In the meantime, I wanted to share these photos of the Paisley Cuffs from Knitting Everyday Finery. Rebekka, a member of my Ravelry group who lives in Germany, made them for our knitalong. I love her idea of placing the paisley shapes on a striped background, her use of colour, and of course, the matching blue nail polish. How sassy.


And now to what I’ve been knitting lately. As is my habit, I began with a certain yarn, having splurged several years ago on a few hanks of some beautiful hand spun, hand dyed cashmere/silk. I found it  at the Santa Monica Contemporary Craft Market (Hmm, I’ve just discovered in writing this that it will be held the first weekend of Novermber while I’m there….. these are dangerous tidings). It was crafted by talented Lisa Souza.
Because I’ve never known the yardage, only the weight of the hanks, I’ve had a hard time deciding what to make so there it’s been, lingering in my closet for at least 8 years. I’ve now taken the plunge and made myself  Mrs Lovechild, but without the lace edging. It’s a top down shawl and I followed the pattern for the main part but instead of binding off and adding a lace panel, I switched to garter stitch (decreasing 1 in every 10 stitches to change gauge) and worked 18 rows while still increasing. Then I bound off. The neck edging was worked as per the pattern, but without the shawl collar. I’m thrilled with it. The colour reminds me of raspberry ice cream. It’s going to be just right for wearing on my travels.  I can’t wait!

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Friday, May 25th, 2012

Hi Knitters,

This week, there was an interview with me posted here, on Robin Hunter’s blog.

Her interviews with designers are a great idea. I enjoyed reading them. She gives everyone the same set of questions.

The awesome Susan B Anderson is having a giveaway of my book on her blog here. [Note: The giveaway has closed and a winner has been chosen]

It’s been suggested that readers might like to see photos of the real Daisy Dachshund who was the inspiration for the little guy in my book. It was a case of love at first sight for my kids, who chose her because she was the smallest in a litter of miniatures, which means really, really small. For her first couple of years she was carried everywhere.


Tough to look out the car window the way most dogs do, when you’re so tiny. Arm rests come in handy.

This week I had a birthday, which led to looking at old photos, which led to me exclaim to my husband “I’m ___! (I leave it for you to fill in the number for yourselves)

to which he replied, dryly, as he is wont to do: “that was the best year for tail fins”

so it seems I am in good company, but am I this gal?

or this?

or this?

Methinks a little of all three, depending on the day. I really don’t mind being a classic car. With some TLC (and help from Dr Andrew Weil) I’ll retain my shine and style (even if I’m a  little heavy in the handling) for many years to come.

The old photos did prompt me to get a haircut. The braid in last week’s photo has now been chopped off and my hair is now more like this. Can’t say the same for the chassis.

That’s me wearing a horsey jacket I designed in the 90’s for a westernwear company, with my mannequin covered in items from my chinoiserie collection (also 90s). Is it time for picture sweaters and drop shoulders to make a comeback? I think so.

Next week I’m going to be taking photos for a new book (something entirely different this time), and at the end of it, I’m going to celebrate six months of knitting feverishly on book projects by making something for a friend of mine. I’ll be knitting a pair of Shiraz Slippers and posting a tutorial on how to make linings and soles.  We’re also having a knitalong for the slippers on my Ravelry group. Come on over and join us here!

Lastly, now that I am that certain age, am I too old to wear these?