Ten Years

Ten years ago, Maurizio and I started dating while we were first years in grad school at Cornell. Although I was instantly interested in him when I met him in September, it took a few more weeks before he could convince me that he was interested in me.
To celebrate the occasion, Maurizio took Monday [...]

Accessories & Yarn Porn

I have some friends who’ve been gently suggesting that I design some accessories to help round out my sweater designing obsession. Although I’ve knitted a stray accessory here and there, I’ve never even thought of designing one. Sweaters seem so accessible and straightforward – back, front, sleeves – whereas the intricacies of a [...]

Lunch with Kristen!

Even though I couldn’t make it up to Rhinebeck this past weekend, I felt like I got a capsule (and in some ways better) experience in the days leading up to the yarn festival.
That trend continued on Friday when I got an email from Kristen Rengren, the author of Vintage Baby Knits, asking if I [...]

Nobel Physics Prize

I’m a little late, but I had to say ‘Yay’ for part of the Nobel Physics prize going to Willard Boyle and George Smith who developed the CCD (charged coupled device) in 1969, without which, we would not have our beloved digital cameras.

Weekend at Gudrun’s, Part 2

Saturday evening, Gudrun had invited several “local” knitwear designers (the local is in quotes because some made quite significant drives to attend the potluck) for dinner at her house.
Ysolda made a wonderful galette with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onion, and cheese from a recipe posted by Smitten Kitchen and a gorgeous chocolate beet [...]

Weekend at Gudrun’s

I can’t make Rhinebeck this year, so my plans for meeting Gudrun, seeing Ysolda again, and generally getting my yarn geek on were foiled. When I emailed Gudrun and Ysolda to see if they might swing by NYC after Rhinebeck; plans were suddenly set in motion for me to visit them in Gudrun’s beautiful [...]

Lots to talk about, but…

I have lots to talk about after my extended weekend trip to western MA to stay with the talented Gudrun and her lovely family (Ysolda was also staying with them), but first I need to gather my thoughts and my few blurry phone camera snapshots.
When I came home last night, one of the first things [...]

Currently obsessed with…

I’m currently obsessed with the idea of designing a lace shawl; or more accurately, shawlette. I never liked the fussiness of a full on shawl with stitch patterns upon stitch patterns and borders and edgings, etc, etc. But the recent adorable patterns put out by Gudrun, Ysolda, and Stephen West (who seems to [...]

Pattern Writing again

My posts seem to be getting repetitive…but I’m back to pattern writing. And again, because I let too much time elapse between when I knit the garment and when I’m writing the pattern, I’m having a little trouble remembering how I worked out one detail in the design. Unfortunately, since I sent back [...]

My (brief) DC adventure

I can’t believe it’s already October! Where does the time go? I do look forward to this time of year, when the air turns chillier and the leaves change color; but seasons also remind me how quickly time passes. When I was a kid, the months dragged on interminably and summer seemed [...]