Monthly Archives: December 2014

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2014 in Review


2014 saw the release of the Wild West collection!  Like all my other initially-small-but-then-big projects, it grew just a tiny bit more before getting published, especially Lace 2 (shawls) and Textured: 26 patterns total.

Yarn club patterns included the Dragonfly Cowl for Dragonfly Fibers (and the companion self-published Dragonfly Mitts), Nemophila Cowl for Club Awesome (which was a collaboration between Cephalopod, Neighborhood Fibers, and Dragonfly Fibers), and, most recently, the Nephelai Socks for Indigo Dragonfly.

Standalone patterns included Alongshore Shawl, Cherty Shawlette, Lobelia Stole, Anemone Hat, Foraminifera Hat, Tiltawhirl Cowl, and Artemisia Cowl.

I also had the cover pattern for the Knit Picks Sock Yarn Scarves collection, with my Bees and Honeybees Stole.  I love the bright yellow they chose.
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As of today, I’ve had 108 designs published, with 38 of those just in the past year.

Aran Lace Knitting DVD and Knitting Daily TV

My DVD from Interweave Knits, Aran Lace Knitting, came out this summer.  I’m so pleased with it and the filming entire experience.  We filmed in in Loveland, Colorado, right after the Superbowl (and sadly for many people in Colorado, the Bronco’s loss).  I got to drive in snow again (last time before that was in 1999) (hey, I live in Southern California!).

This past fall I got invited to be part of an episode of Knitting Daily.  The new season should start airing in January or February – check your local PBS station for times!  This was also a blast.  Between Knitting Daily and the Aran Lace class, I’ve discovered that I’m very comfortable on camera and, um, actually enjoy it.

Update: I’m on episode 1401 and episode 1403!


Madrona had me teach a mini class. I always love going to Madrona!

julia pfeifferMy friend Susan and I had an epic road trip to Stitches West and the central coast of California. That’s a pic of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

I had booths at both winter (San Diego) TNNA and summer (Indianapolis) TNNA.

Dave got roped into helping me with a booth at the Ventura Guild’s show and then at the Torrance show.

Overall it was a very busy and productive year!

Alongshore Shawl

IMG_0027I released the Alongshore Shawl last week, my first collaboration with the fascinating and enchanting Mrs Crosby.

If you’re in the industry, you’ll be able to see this in person at the Mrs Crosby / Lorna’s Laces booth at TNNA in Phoenix.

The cables are worked with a simple combination of intarsia (yarn butterflies for each cable strand) and stranding (the grey is carried across the back of the cables).

The Details

Finished Measurements
Depth (edge): 8in / 20.5cm
Depth (center): 13.5in / 34.5cm
Outer edge: 66in / 167.5cm
Inner edge: 48in / 122cm

Mrs Crosby Hat Box, 75% superwash merino / 15% silk / 10% cashmere (317 yds / 290m per 3.53oz / 100g), 2 skeins of Flame Colored Tanager (MC) and 1 skein of Smoky Granite (BC).

US4 / 3.5mm needles, or size to obtain gauge for lace

approx 32 sts and 29 rows = 4in / 10 cm in lace and cabled edging (blocked)
approx 16 sts and 23.25 rows = 4in / 10cm in garter st (blocked)
Precise gauge is not necessary, but alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements.

yarn needle, stitch markers as desired, (2) cable needles

lace knitting, cabling, intarsia, picking up stitches, short rows, reading charts



Old Roll Top Desk …


(Thomas Edison Nat’l Historic Park  ~  West Orange, New Jersey)

Thomas Edison Installment #2 …

After ascending the stairs in the previous post we came to what I imagine is referred to as the archives.  Rows and rows and rows of inventions… memorabilia… anything and everything.  Way too much to look at in one visit.  Here’s a glimpse of some of what we saw.

Phonograph .. filaments .. record player .. typewriters .. calculator .. toasters .. irons .. camera .. film projector… and I have no idea what the last picture is .. lol

My creation

He also invented the first electric pen…



By 1880 the electric pen was in decline but had a second life in the 1890’s when it was converted into the first electric tattoo needle.    CLICK HERE

You may be wondering what Dawn & Deb are looking at …


These two bibliophiles are looking at the 3-story tall… library…


Not only filled with books and statues…


… but a bed as well !


Right outside the library is the time clock and what I think is also a clock of some kind… whatever it is it’s beautiful.


 As eyes are the windows of a persons soul I think windows are the soul of a building… here are just a few of the window pictures I took.

My creation

Join me for the next installment when we see the light ! :)

(Thomas Edison Nat’l Historic Park)

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Light and Reflection …


Going Up …


glass details in the stairs…


Review: 2015 Crafter’s market

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First, the facts:

Title: 2015 Crafter’s Market: How to Sell Your Crafts and Make a Living

Editor: Kelly M. Biscopink, Editor

Published by: Fons & Porter, 2014

Pages: 331

Type: Reference


  • Business Basics
  • Articles and Interviews
  • Market Listings (Industry Shows, Shows and Fairs, Online Marketplaces, Book Publishers, Magazines, Communities)
  • Indexes
KS: 2015 Crafter's Market

The In-Depth Look:

You know that “crafts” are big when they get their own marketplace book.

As a writer, I’ve been using the essential “Writer’s Market” for years to help determine where and what kind of stories I should submit. There are similar references for photographers, illustrators, agents … anyone who needs a reference on where they can sell their stuff.

But until now, there was no similar source available for crafters.

Really, it’s not surprising that Crafters are finally joining the group, though, because making and selling crafts is big business these days. And so F+W brings us the “1st annual edition” of a really fabulous reference for people making and selling their crafts.

The editor says in her introduction that, “For those crafters who want to turn their passion into their business, this book is both a starting point and a research tool. A section of articles from crafty professionals provides insight, tips and advice into business-related subjects such as branding, packaging, social media, publishing and copyright. This shrewd business advice is sprinkled with personal stories from the front lines of craft business ownership. The writers featured in this first edition of Crafter’s Market are thrilled to help up-and-coming craft professionals start, build and grow their business, and their advice will certainly help new business owners avoid some common mistakes.

As she says, the bulk of this book is listings–shows, magazines, book publishers, online marketplaces and so on. Places you can sell your stuff (and nobody can deny that that is one of the key elements to a successful craft business). The listings are broken out by category, but the indexes helpfully re-sort things for you by region or by craft. So, if you make jewelry and live in Indiana, for example, you can narrow down your list of likely craft shows without having to weed out events like the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival that don’t fit your niche.

Seriously, this is a fabulous reference book. Most people know at least some of the shows and markets available for their own particular niche. They might know about online communities to help spread the word, but nobody knows all of them. (Because, really, is that even possible?) A complete resource that tells you about shows you didn’t know about is going to be more than just a little helpful.

The business advice at the front is useful, too. This book is by no means a step-by-step legal guide–because while this book does not give legal advice, it gives helpful suggestions about the kind of legal advice you should seek out from a professional. But that’s important–if you’ve never started a business before, there are going to be zillions of things you don’t know about, so having a reference that spells out some of the things you should do is incredibly helpful.

In addition to the nitty-gritty facts, there are articles on a variety of topics–anything from creating a brand for your business, finding your niche, taking good photos to pricing your goods to writing your own craft book.

The only other book I can think of that compares to this (for knitters, at least) is Shannon Okey’s “The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design,” if only because she also talks about ways to make your craft business an actual business, rather than a hobby. That book, though, focuses on making designing patterns your career. This book is all about the craft business as a whole–whether you’re selling finished products or writing articles or putting together a book or teaching classes … it’s just more inclusive. (And, of course, the Crafter’s Market is not limited to just knitters.)

Obviously this book is not just for knitters. There are listings here for jewelers, quilters, sewers, and paper-crafters as well.

The very first page promises this will be the “first annual edition,” and I couldn’t be happier about it. It’s about time we crafters had a resource like this at our fingertips!

If all this useful information sounds at all useful to you (and if you’ve got a crafting business, it certainly should, you’ll want to get a copy of this book right away!

Want to see bigger pictures? Click here.

This review copy was kindly donated by the publisher. Thank you!

My Gush: It’s about time crafters had such a great resource.

Thomas Edison Nat’l Historic Park …

Headed out this past weekend to go here…

Thomas Edison Nat’l Historic Park

in West Orange, New Jersey


to see Thomas Edison’s home, Glenmont, all decked out for Christmas.


But it was sold out so my daughter Deb, her friend Dawn, and I decided instead to tour through  the laboratories. I don’t know why I haven’t visited this treasure before… but I’m glad I finally did.



Got our tickets and off we went…


All the building center around The Courtyard which was used for many purposes from motion picture set, test site, photography backdrop, greeting area and sometime parking lot.


Off to one side of the Courtyard stands a replica of the ‘Black Maria’… the world’s first motion picture studio.


Notice the track that runs around the building.   That was so the building could be turned to follow the sunlight.

This was only the beginning of our afternoon of awe and delight… let’s see  what’s behind some of the doors !


In 1887 this was one of the best equipped chemical labs in the world.


Another door…. the music room…


The pattern shop …


Join me for the next installment when we climb these stairs and see what wonders await !


See ya :)