Monday, September 16, 2019

More Photos!

Here are some more photos from Harry Potter Knitting Magic.


Monday, September 02, 2019

Two BIG Announcements!

TAH DAH! I have two designs in The OFFICIAL Harry Potter Kitting Pattern Book!

The biggest news in a long, long time is the pre-order and launch date of....

 Order the book!

Tanis Gray of TanisKnits has been working like crazy to put this all together for about a year. I was floored when she asked if I would like to supply two designs for the compilation. I'm in there with some big-league designers in the knitting world and I couldn't be more honored and grateful. It's still a bit of a dream...until January when I get my mitts on the book itself.

Here's Tanis' announcement:
"Friends, I have been sitting on this secret for a very long time. I am downright thrilled to announce my new book - my 10th -coming out on January 28th, 2020, Harry Potter: Knitting Magic: The OFFICIAL Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book. That’s right, it’s 100% official with costume replicas, projects inspired by the films, film tidbits, behind the scenes info, and more. The book just went up for preorder (link in profile) and I am so happy to share the cover with you! Many talented knitters and dyers contributed to this book and it’s one I am incredibly proud of. More sneak peeks coming soon... 🌟#harrypotterknittingmagic #harrypotter#knittingmagic #tanisknits "

So, go order your own copy. In the meantime...

I've released four new ebooks available NOW:
and the full compilation of all the patterns plus extras only available here.
 Buy my book

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Look for a re-release of the patterns from my book of many, MANY years ago, A Collection of Small Knitting Projects Inspired by Historical Stitches from Britain, Ireland, and Scotland. You'll be able to purchase them individually or as a collection in an ebook.

Monday, July 29, 2019

First World Problems


Back  in April, we went to go look at a new flooring possibilities for our house. We decided on an environmentally forward product made of recycled plastic with a 50 year warranty. When we signed on the dotted line, the sales person said it would take 3 1/2 days to demo our old flooring and carpet then install our new flooring. I knew it would take quite a bit longer than just 3 to 4 days. When the crew actually got here and started work, it took them 10 days to complete the job. The crew was wonderful. They knew what they were doing, they were very careful, and they were fantastic individuals. I know I have no reason to say this but I am exhausted! I did not get my "alone with me" time at all for the last two weeks so I have been completely depleted of my mojo. I realize that’s a very petty, very first world problem, and now that I can enjoy my new floors all by myself, I’m thrilled.

Getting ready to have our entire house revamped with snazzy new flooring meant a massive clean out. It wasn’t too tough for me as I’ve been trying to whittle down my clutter for awhile now. My husband, on the other hand, has lived here for over 20 years and is a pack rat. Our garage and sheds are filled to maximum capacity. I’m hoping most will go away (I might just help with that). I really like the way things are now.

Pardon the cleaning stuff
I'm still battling the dust

Having a demolition and install crew in the house for the last two weeks also meant I did not get to participate in Tour de Fleece very much at all. So, you can imagine just how excited I was when Amy King said she wanted to continue working on our spinning as if it were Tour de Fleece. I bought a new extra large whorl from her at the beginning of the Tour but never got to try it. Updates will follow.

To top it all off, we bought a new car! I am a firm believer in buying new and driving the wheels off cars. I’ve had four cars in my adult life:
  1. 1986 Suzuki Samari - Boy, was that a fun and good car - I gave it to my SIL when it had 112,000 miles on it.
  2. 2000 Honda Civic - Passed that on to my oldest when she got her license with 120,000 miles on it.
  3. 2008 Honda Pilot - The absolute BEST vehicle I’ve owned and it was perfectly what I needed. I loved it and it was hard to let it go, but it was time with 118,000 miles and needing new struts, brakes and all that stuff.
Now I’m the proud owner of a new AWD Kia Sportage SX Turbo. I was sure I wanted a Honda CRV since I no longer need to seat eight U.S. sized people (the Pilot was super comfortable for our tall family on long road trips in every seat, even the third row). I’ve been driving our Mini Paceman and it’s super fun to drive that turbo around. I saw the Sportage has 30 more HP than the Mini 

It has a 60k/100k warranty so I feel pretty safe. I've had it a couple days. The dash and safety features are AWESOME! I bought the Pilot in 2008 so it was cutting edge with a rearview mirror back up cam and six disc CD one uses CDs anymore, right? so that definitely shows just how far we've come in 11 years. My learning curve on this car and it's features will take awhile but, in the meantime, it's screamin' fun to drive.