Port Townsend Gallery Walk with the Bazaar Girls


The first Saturday evening of every month, Port Townsend has a Gallery Walk with featured artists displaying their work at downtown galleries and stores. Last Saturday, March 7, the Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop and Fibre Emporium hosted Jorstad Creek yarns and BK Collective patterns as their featured artists.

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You may remember my earlier post on this wonderful local yarn store.

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Kerry Graber, the owner of Jorstad Creek, and I were at the store all day meeting customers and talking about our yarns and patterns. Continue Reading

The Canyons


The Adventure Guy and I love the canyon country of Southern Utah. This spectacular picture of Bryce Canyon was taken by Jean-Christophe Benoist and licensed under an agreement with Wikimedia Commons.

The majesty and rhythm of Utah’s canyon country inspired two new patterns I am releasing this week, the Canyon Trail Shawl and the Canyon Rim Shawl.2014-12-13 14.32.58 (2)2014-12-13 15.27.38 Continue Reading

An Idea from the Yarn Harlot

I want to share a great idea from the Yarn Harlot.
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Some of you may not have met the Yarn Harlot. She’s a wonderful and very funny lady from Canada who has captured knitters, all kinds of knitters in her many books. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off or The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting, ends with this:

“We all know it looks like yarn, but it is love . . . and for this it’s worth giving up all your closet space.”

For more from the Yarn Harlot check out her blog where you can also find links to her many books.

The idea I want to share is her One Row Handspun Scarf, a free pattern that has been knit into 9178 projects by members of Ravelry. Continue Reading

BK Collective is published on Patternfish

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2015 just keeps getting better!

BK Collective is now published on Patternfish, a Canadian website with knitting, crochet and weaving patterns.  We are featured in the Patternfish February Newsletter which you can find here. Click on Our Newest Designers and Publishers in the upper right hand corner of the In This Issue box. The main focus of the issue is the best selling patterns of 2014.  We aren’t in that section, yet.

You can also click on this link if you want to go directly to the BK Collective patterns. Continue Reading

Getting Ready for Madrona and a Free Pattern

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Something wonderful happens in Tacoma, Washington next week.  The Madrona Winter Retreat is Thursday through Sunday, February 12 through the 14th.


The Madrona Retreat happens every year at the Murano Hotel.  The hotel is a jewel in downtown Tacoma.  It is filled with art, largely art glass, and is less than a mile from the Museum of Glass. During Madrona the hotel is also filled, filled I tell you, with knitters, spinners, and every other kind of fiber enthusiast.

Every year Madrona Fiber Arts brings in a host of fiber stars. This year Judith MacKenzie, a nationally known teacher, master weaver, spinner, dyer and fiber artist, will be giving the keynote talk at the banquet. Lucy Neatby is returning and Amy Herzog is coming for the first time. There will also be a lot of fun with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (The Yarn Harlot) and Franklin Habit. I am excited to spend a day with Galina Khmeleva learning more about Orenburg lace knitting.

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Like a Grocery List


A knitting pattern is like a grocery shopping list written for someone else. When you are making notes for yourself as a knitter, you only need to write reminders.  There is much you can assume. The same with a grocery list for yourself. But when you are writing for someone else’s action, success requires knowing what is shared knowledge and what needs to be specified.

This came to me after my Darling Daughter and Adventure Guy went grocery shopping with a list I wrote originally for myself. Continue Reading

You Gotta Have Pictures

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When I envisioned designing and publishing knitting patterns, I thought I had the necessary skill and experience. I thought it would be a straightforward process, involving knowledge and skills I’ve honed over the decades. After all, I’ve been knitting forever, reading knitting patterns forever, writing and editing complex specialized documents for half of forever.

What I didn’t think about were the pictures.


A knitting pattern needs pictures. And not just any pictures. You need pictures that beckon to knitters. Pictures that call out “Make me, you know you want make me.” Continue Reading