Happy New Year, pals. Yes, the pattern book is still on the burner, but as you know, we are all just climbing out of the remains of 2020, hoping for a much better 2021. Right now, at least in the United States, the coronavirus is still raging and has taken a good many lives and… Continue reading A New Year, A New Hope
Dear pals, I've been dealing with some health issues, so the pattern book has been pushed back to December. It should be available then, and I will continue to updatw everyone soon. Thanks for your patience. I hope everyone is enjoying autumn. What are you all working on.
My Dear Readers, my first book of patterns will be out in the fall! Info to come soon.
There's something so enticing about a clean slate, the option to start anew. Each season is a clean slate for me, a movement towards to the future. But sometimes, I actually stop and notice the present. I've passed by this sign, probably, a thousand times in the past decade, but today I stopped and took… Continue reading What would you write here?
...many knitters and crocheters make items for a size of women that, mostly, don't exist--excruciatingly tiny girl-women. These patterns look great on models, but they look like potato sacks on the rest of us.
The Beginnings of the Amityville Sweater Jacket I know the trend is all skinny jeans and 80's crop tops these days, but I'll never lose my childhood love for 1970's sweater jackets and knee high boots in autumn. The one I'm creating now will probably look something like these ones, but even thicker, as I… Continue reading The Beloved Sweater Jacket
Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know...Umberto Eco I don't know about you, but I'm one of those knitter/crocheters (and writer/readers, for that matter) who begins a project and gets so freaking inspired by the work of it that I come up… Continue reading It’s As Good to Have Half-Finished Projects as It is to Have Half-Finished Books
I loved creating this design and I sold three sweaters before I was even finished crocheting the one I was working on. It's an easy shell stitch, and it reminded me of the rich green that comes after a long summer of rain, which we had in Pennsylvania last year. It's a clean, fitted, shape,… Continue reading The Cozy Shell Sweater
(Jean Borgos Burnett in far left corner kneeling among her husband's-James Faye Burnett's-Oklahoma kin. 1947) The world has lost two great influences in the last few weeks, my grandmother and David Bowie. At first sight, you'd be hard-pressed to find a decent connection between the two. One was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York… Continue reading What My Grandmother and David Bowie Had in Common