patterns in progress

work in progress

I’ve been working on a new pattern line called Kiddie Cocktail.  It is patterns for ages 6 months and up.  The line will focus on function and fashion for hip kids.  Sorry, no pumpkin hat patterns.  I’m going to try  to make every pattern under one skein per color using Blue Sky Alpacas and have options to make accompanying pieces, like a hat and mittens.


I’ll keep you updated as I’m designing and getting feedback from parents and kids.  If you have ideas or elements of outerwear that you wish your kids have, like earflaps, send them my way!  And a big thank you to Merrill for trying on the first hat pattern!


p.s. photo of Merrill by Amanda Hall


weekend love




Last weekend friends and I went bowling at Bryant Lake Bowl and it was a blast. We got there early at 6:30 pm and bowled three games. Our last game or frame we played the group next to us for desserts. We won but shared all of the delicious treats. This adventure bowling made me start thinking of other fun indoor activities that you can do with friends during the Winter (besides cocktail hour) and I was wondering if you all have any suggestions or favorite activities?


Getting ready for Thanksgiving and need a GF pie crust? Check out GF Girl’s recipe.


All of my knitting patterns are available on this website but you can also find them and the folks knitting them on Kollabora and Ravelry.


A September soundtrack and quick morning wake-up workout from The Four Percent.


Homemade Bloody Mary Mix recipe from Goop.


With the chilly Fall weather setting in don’t you want to sew or just snuggle up with one of these blankets.


When running I’ve been tucking my hands into my sleeves and have started writing a pattern for running mitts. Anything you’d like to have in a pair of running mitts?



resistance shawl


Knitscene Acessories 2013 hit it out of the park with these modular geometric inspired designs and stranded color work. I can’t wait to cast-on the Resistance Shawl (pictured above) by Megi Burcl and this So Faux Cowl designed by Amy Keefer. I’m pretty sure I’ll need to keep my eye on everything I make from this pattern collection because I think some of these cowls may walk off with friends and family.





Ahh I’ve had “design a knit octopus” on my to do list forever and I’m so glad to see that Whit’s Knits  on The Purl Bee has created a free octopus pattern!



Who would you knit a stuffed octopus for?  I am thinking about making it for a friend’s birthday. Would you listen to Octopus’ s Garden while you made it?


images via the purl bee & boy girl party

spud from start to finish



Since I’ve mentioned Spud before I won’t go into much detail but I thought I would show you all how Spud grew into the cute lamb he is today.



He started out small but he increased row by row, similar to a top down hat or sock.




The twisted loop stitch was more time consuming than I thought it would be and I would probably try to avoid doing it in the future.




Filling stuffed animals with the fiber fill is so much fun because you finally get to see what the little guy is really going to look like.




I waited to assemble him until all his parts were completed.




Sans bow tie.




Spud is a pattern from Susan B. Anderson’s book Spud & Chole at the Farm.

wedding posts


I was watching the Parks and Rec episode Leslie and Ben and it occurred to me that I haven’t posted anything about weddings for awhile, so I thought I’d share a few things I’ve spotted on the internet the last few months.


Inspiration-100 Layer Cake


100 Layer Cake’s Inspiration Guide has tons of ideas and makes it easy to pin all the photos.



Etsy’s Pick your Pattern: Stylish Wedding Prints post has a the Style Quiz, so you can discover perfect wedding ideas for you.



Joy Ever After’s diy post A Faux Chalkboard was written for the holidays but you can make one for folks to hold taking pictures, to direct guests or the bar menu. For more ideas you can check out my “Wedding” Pintrest board and I promise even though I’m not planning a one right now, I will post more about weddings.

mabel cowl

Mabel Cowl

I just published my new pattern, Mabel Cowl! Since the end of August I’ve been working on creating accessory patterns using Blue Sky Alpacas yarn. The theme for the all the patterns is Midwestern practical and fashionable. Each piece is inspired by the lifestyles of my friends and can be worn around the cabin, running errands or going to a local venue for a show.


I wore the cowl on Friday to the Field Report show and it was perfect to wear all night in the venue and kept the chill out when walking a few blocks to the car. It was a great knit because the chevon stitch pattern keeps things interesting and the size 19 needles and bulky yarn make it a fast knit. You can purchase it here or on Ravelry.

baby hipster

I spent all last week hanging out with my 6 month old niece and was super inspired to make a younger version of the slouchy hats I’ve been designing lately. At first I thought that the hat may not last that long on my niece’s head before she tried to pull it off, but because it wasn’t so tight that she didn’t mind having it on. I think I’m going to knit the pattern up one more time before I share the pattern on Ravelry, but I promise to let you all know when it is posted. Also, you can keep up to date on all the projects I’m working on via Twitter and Facebook.

mocs & hat

This past weekend I attended a baby shower for my a friend who is expecting a boy this Fall and knit a pair of moccasin booties and hat for the little one to sport this Winter.

I’ve posted and thought about knitting the baby mocs pattern from Purl Bee for the last year and finally decided it was time to take it off my Ravelry queue. If you think these booties look familiar they are the same colorway as Max’s booties.

When I showed my sister-in-law the booties, she suggested adding a tie to help secure the booties on the little one’s feet. Apparently babies like kick off footwear. Also, the pattern calls for 5 skeins of yarn but you really don’t need that much, since you can use leftover yarn from other projects for the embellishments.

The hat is variation of the newborn hat pattern I’ve used in the past and with added bear ears… or what I like to think are bear ears.  I used Spud & Chole Sweater yarn for the hat and Berroco Plush for white part of the ears.

Later this week I will post my version of the pattern on my Patterns Page which will include how to make the bear ears.