Getting Ready for Madrona and a Free Pattern

mfa-header Corky Ave Tapered Cowl Cropped

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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My CustomFit Sweater is Finished!

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DSCN0292Europa Back

My Customfit sweater is finished, done, fini!  Although I am happy with the final result I have struggled with this sweater. Continue Reading

Getting Gauge – Knitting Gauge

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St Clemente Swatch

Recently, I read a post in the blog A Bunch of Everything about the difficulty she was having “getting gauge”. “Getting” seemed to be both “How does it work?” and “I’m having trouble creating the right gauge”. Quite a few people replied thEbb & Flow Swatchat this was an issue for them too. Some even said they ignore gauge. Continue Reading

Update on Testing “CustomFit” Sweater Design Software

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This week I want to tell you about the early phase of testing Amy Herzog’s CustomFit software.

Europa Sleeve in Progress

First, though an update on changes to this blog.  I’ve provided more information about myself on the “About” page.  Check it out here. Continue reading