East is east

Stephen West at Loopy Yarns

And West is West – Stephen West, that is. Don’t know what you may have heard about this talented 22 year old designer, but I find his take on the humble shawl new, simple and fresh. How someone came fashion stockinette, garter stitch and geometry into flattering shape and […]

Making Raspberry Progress

Citron-In-Progress

Oh, the joys of ruching! I hadn’t read through the pattern beforehand so I had no idea that the ruching in Citron was all that easy. But so it is. The only item of note: do not use kfb (knit front and back) as your M1. Instead, use the pick-up between stitches method. […]

Holding Pattern

I seem to have been going about this the wrong way. Literally. And that’s why my neckwarmer in progress looks like this:

My design sketches show a row of buttons on the left, front but it did not fully dawn on me until this morning that I’d been approaching the knitted realization of the sketches […]

Michigan Avenue Photo Safari

There’s nothing soft, warm or nurturing in this Coca-Cola can creation displayed on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. But is it creative? Inspired? Of that there is no doubt! From the pull-tab corset to the crimped fan of the aluminum skirt, my mind wanders all about trying to figure out, “What did they do here? How […]

Oh, So Fashionable

Yes, I concur. It’s been a little quiet on the public side of the blog. I have my reasons, not the least of which is that it’s design time once again.

Sketch this. Swatch that. What’s the deadline? It turns out that committing to the submission schedules of various publications is hard work, and […]

What Would You Do?

If something called Dream In Color “Baby Lace” landed in your mailbox, along with silver lined beads? If you suddenly realized that, if your design IS accepted, you’ll have to knit like the wind but you have no pattern? You swatch. With your vague idea and an arsenal of needle sizes as you try to […]

Sometimes, I Knit

Sadly, for the past week or so, I’ve been doing everything but. I’ve done a few more repeats on the ZigZag scarf but nothing that bears a photo update: “Oh, look! It’s longer than last time.” Yawn.

Aside from the usual blah-blah (doctor) blah-blah, there’s been quite a bit of design thinking (and sketching, planning, […]

Is My Past My Future?

There are plenty of articles positing that the way to your adult career passion is through careful examination of your beloved childhood activities. Upon reflection, I suppose this makes a certain amount of sense: did you like Legos? Maybe you’ll find career satisfaction as an architect or a builder.

In my own childhood, creativity was […]

Let’s Review

Yes, the Chicago Bears closed out this terrific season without bringing home the prize. Like our baseball teams say, “Wait ’til next year!”

Moving on. I thought I’d do something a bit different today and review some of the high (and low) points of Nicky Epstein’s third book in the series, “Knitting Beyond the Edge“. […]