Like a Grocery List

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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.

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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

Maker’s Mercantile

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Maker’s Mercantile is a yarn store and more in Kent, Washington. It is very near a well known local landmark, the Ikea store.

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The Mercantile is hosting a trunk show of Jorstad Creek yarns until the end of the month. The picture above shows some of the yarns on display and worked into designs by Evelyn A. Clark, a local designer. Continue Reading

KnitCrate!

Hello 2015!  You are looking good.

KnitCrate is featuring a new pattern of mine in their Indie Crate this month .

What’s a crate? KnitCrate periodically sends a package to subscribers. The package contains yarn and a pattern for a surprise project along with other treats. There are different types of crates:  Beginners, Intermediate / Advanced, Sock and Indie. “Indie” as in independent by hand dyers of yarn. You should check it out.Tweed DK

The January Indie Crate will include 2 skeins of Jorstad Creek Tweed DK. Tweed DK is a 100% Merino yarn. If you are looking for a tweed yarn that is soft and squishy instead of scratchy or stiff, this is a yarn you should try.  Kerry Graber, the independent hand dyer at Jorstad Creek yarns, creates vibrant colors with a lot of depth.

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With the yarn is my new Cedarbury Cowl pattern. This cowl will keep your neck warm in the coldest weather with rich texture from two different cables running from the outside edge to the neckline. The cowl is knit in the round with cables and twisted stitches as well as tapered by decreasing stitches as you work toward the neck of the cowl. The taper is distinct in the small cowl on the left worked with undyed Jorstad Creek Tweed DK yarn and subtle in the volume of the large cowl, which is made with Cascade 220. Continue Reading